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Powercolor ATi Radeon 9800 XT Video Card Review

Former staff writer    -   October 31, 2003


Benchmark: X2

X2 is a first person space simulation designed for today’s game players and has out of this world graphics. The benchmark can really put a big load on just about any graphics card and that's why we have chosen to use this benchmark in our benchmark suite. If you're interesting in X2 the game, it will not be available until early next year. We ran X2 in 1024x768 and 1600x1200 resolutions while having Anti-Aliasing & Anisotropic filtering both on & off.



We achieved acceptable frame rates from both of the cards in 1024x768 with no AA/AF. We also achieved acceptable frame rates from 9800 XT when running at 1600x1200 with no AA/AF. The 9700 achieved semi-acceptable frame rates at 1600x1200 but you probably wouldn't want to play a tournament match with such frame rates.



There wasn't as much frame rate difference between the two cards when we turned on Anti-Aliasing and Anisotropic Filtering. The 1600x1200 test was so slow it was unbearable to watch.



  1. Introduction & What's Included
  2. In-depth Look
  3. Catalyst 3.8 Drivers
  4. Catalyst 3.8 Drivers (Continued)
  5. Test Suite & Setup
  6. Benchmark: X2
  7. Benchmark: UT2K3
  8. Benchmark: Halo
  9. Benchmark: Gun Metal
  10. Benchmark: 3DMark03
  11. Benchmark: Aquamark 3
  12. Benchmark: Shadermark 2.0
  13. Benchmark: Code Creatures
  14. Overclocking & Conclusion
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