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PowerColor HD 2600 Pro 512MB Video Card Review

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Here at OCC we use many benchmarks to test and stress the components we review. The benchmarks that we are going to use are some time proven tests, as well as some newer ones to keep up with changing technology. All tests are going to be run at stock speeds the standard drivers that are available to all ATI card owners. The setup of cards that are going to be tested are listed below. We are looking at how this card compares against the 2600 XT and the 8600GT series of cards.

Testing Setup:

  • Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 @ 2.66GHz
  • Abit IP35 "Dark Raider"
  • 2GB Corsair XMS2 DDR800
  • 1x Western Digital 80GB SATA HDD
  • Lite-On 8x DVD+/-RW Drive
  • Windows XP Professional w/SP2
  • Comparison Card 3: PowerColor HD2600 Pro
  • Comparison Card 3: Gigabyte GeForce 8600GT
  • Comparison Card 3: Sapphire HD 2600 XT Ultimate Edition

Gaming BenchMarks:

  • Far Cry
  • F.E.A.R.
  • Quake 4
  • Need For Speed Most Wanted
  • Call of Duty II
  • BioShock


Far Cry:

For the first test we are going to be using Far Cry. Far Cry is a time tested game that stresses pixel shaders and uses Polybump mapping technology for character details. The benchmark is the Hardware OC Utility version 1.8. All scores are feet per second, and higher is better. The settings we are going to use are:

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




Although on par with the 2600 XT, the playable frame rates were not that impressive. I look forward to see how it does with some of the newer games in our tests.

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look Continued
  3. Installation & Configuration
  4. Specifications & Features
  5. Testing ( Setup and Benchmarking: Far Cry )
  6. Benchmarks: F.E.A.R.
  7. Benchmarks: Bioshock
  8. Benchmark:Call Of Duty II
  9. Benchmark: Quake 4
  10. Benchmark: Need For Speed Most Wanted
  11. Benchmark: 3Dmark06
  12. Benchmark: Rydermark
  13. Conclusion
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