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Sapphire HD 2600Pro AGP Review

Former staff writer    -   October 25, 2007
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Testing:

Overclockersclub.com runs standard benchmarks available to the public to compare their hardware against. The current gamut of benchmark runs consist of gaming time demos (FarCry, F.E.A.R, Quake4), actual play (BioShock, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, Call of Duty 2), and synthetic benchmarks (3D Mark 06). The benchmark suite should give a good picture if the Sapphire HD 2600Pro can take AGP users into realms only PCI-Express users were previously able to enter. The test system being used is by no means cutting edge, but should be a good barometer of the performance capabilities of the card.


Testing Setup:

  • AMD Sempron(tm) Processor 3100+
  • Gigabyte GA-K8NNXP
  • 2x512 MB G-Skill 3200 (2-3-3-6)
  • Enermax EG-565P-VE 535W
  • Seagate 40GB IDE 7200RPM
  • Memorex 16x DVD
  • Plextor 52x CDRW
  • Windows XP Professional SP2
  • Sapphire HD 2600Pro AGP (7.8 CCC on Installation CD)

Gaming Benchmarks:

  • Far Cry: Hardware OC (Ubisoft Volcano)
  • F.E.A.R. (Performance Test)
  • Bioshock
  • Call of Duty 2: Stalingrad (FRAPS)
  • Quake 4: Hardware OC
  • Need For Speed Most Wanted (FRAPS)
  • 3DMark 06

Benchmark: Far Cry

Far Cry leads off the benchmarking.


Settings:

  • Maximum quality option, Direct3D renderer
  • Level: Volcano, demo: Volcano.tmd
  • Pixel shader: model 2.0b
  • Antialising: 4×
  • Anisotropic filtering: 8×
  • HDR: disabled
  • Geometry Instancing: disabled
  • Normal-maps compression: disabled

With the current supporting hardware, 1024x768 on the HD 2600Pro is just playable. Turning down quality options gives a very playable experience. The 9600XT is not playable at all.




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Installation & Configuration
  3. Specifications & Features
  4. Testing & Benchmark: Far Cry
  5. Benchmark: F.E.A.R.
  6. Benchmarking: Bioshock
  7. Benchmark: Call of Duty 2
  8. Benchmark: Quake 4
  9. Benchmark: NFS Most Wanted
  10. Benchmark: 3DMark 06
  11. Conclusion
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