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PowerColor X1550 512MB Extreme Video Card Review



Testing Setup
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo e6600 @ 2.4ghz
Mother Board: eVGA 680i SLI "AR"
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 2x1gbDDR2 1000 @ 800mhz 4-4-4-12
Video Card: PowerColor X1550 Extreme 512mb PCI-E
Sound: Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS
Hard Drives: 2xWestern Digital 80gb SATA2 8mb RAID-0
PSU: Etasis 850watt Gaming
Case: Apevia X-Pleasure

Video Cards
    • PowerColor X1550 Extreme entry-level
    • Sapphire X850XT PCI-E 256MB mid-range
    • eVGA 8800GTS 640MB high-end
    • ATI Catalyst 7.1 (X1550 & X850XT)
    • nVIdia Forceware 97.22 (8800GTS)

It is a video card, so we naturally test it by running games for benchmarks! In all of our benchmarks, we test at the following resolutions: 800x600, 1024x768, and 1280x1024, today's average resolutions. Also, all our games are tested at approximately 3/4s of their maximum quality. As usual, all the results are average FPS. I will be comparing this entry-level card with a mid-range, X850XT, and a high-end card, the 8800GTS.

Far Cry

Far Cry, A slightly dated game but it still gives many of today's latests cards a run for their money. It is still a beautiful game which revolutionized the gaming industry in graphics.

  • Maximum quality option, Direct3D rendered
  • Level: Volcano
  • Pixel shader: model 2.0b
  • Antialiasing: 4×
  • Anisotropic filtering: 8×
  • HDR: disabled
  • Geometry Instancing: disabled
  • Normal-maps compression: disabled

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look Continued
  3. Closer Look Continued
  4. Closer Look Continued
  5. Installation
  6. Specifications
  7. Testing (Setup & Far Cry)
  8. Testing (F.E.A.R)
  9. Testing (COD2)
  10. Testing (Quake 4)
  11. Testing (NFS:MW)
  12. Testing (OCing, Noise) & Conclusion
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