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PowerColor X1300 Video Card Review

Former staff writer    -   July 11, 2006


Installation
Installing this card couldn’t really get any easier. It was a simple matter of shutting down my machine, opening up the side panel to remove my current video card, and then popping the x1300 into the now vacant PCI-E slot. Secure it with a screw and then proceed to put the case back together.



As always, after installing a new video card you are required to install the necessary drivers for said card. After removing my old Nvidia drivers, I installed the new ones for the x1300 which where supplied on the CD.


After getting those all installed and rebooting my machine, I checked on the Powercolor website for a driver update, and upon finding one installed that as well. As It is always a good idea to have the latest drivers possible. Now of course I know you're itching to know how this card performs so let’s get to the good stuff!

Specifications

Part Number X1300 128MB HM
2nd Part Number 47108109 37217 (13 128/HM512MD)
Memory & Bus Width 128 MB DDR2 / 64 bit
Core Speed 450 Mhz
Memory Speed 400 Mhz x 2
Output DVI/TV Out/CRT/HDTV
Interface PCIE x16
Pixel Pipelines 4
Direct X Support 9.0
TV Connector S-Video

Features

* 105 million transistors on 90nm fabrication process
* Four pixel shader processors
* Two vertex shader processors
* 128-bit 4-channel DDR/DDR2/GDDR3 memory interface
* 32-bit/1-channel, 64-bit/2-channel, and 128-bit/4-channel configurations
* Native PCI Express x16 bus interface
* AGP 8x configurations also supported with external bridge chip
* Dynamic Voltage Control

High Performance Memory Controller

* Fully associative texture, color, and Z/stencil cache designs
* Hierarchical Z-buffer with Early Z test
* Lossless Z Compression (up to 48:1)
* Fast Z-Buffer Clear
* Z/stencil xache optimized for real-time shadow rendering

Ultra-Threaded Shader Engine

* Support for Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0 Shader Model 3.0 programmable vertex and pixel shaders in hardware
* Full speed 128-bit floating point processing for all shader operations
* Up to 128 simultaneous pixel threads * Dedicated branch execution units for high performance dynamic branching and flow control
* Dedicated texture address units for improved efficiency
* 3Dc+ texture compression
* High quality 4:1 compression for normal maps and two-channel data formats
* High quality 2:1 compression for luminance maps and single-channel data formats
* Multiple Render Target (MRT) support
* Render to vertex buffer support
* Complete feature set also supported in OpenGL® 2.0

Advanced Image Quality Features

* 64-bit floating point HDR rendering supported throughout the pipeline
* Includes support for blending and multi-sample anti-aliasing
* 32-bit integer HDR (10:10:10:2) format supported throughout the pipeline
* Includes support for blending and multi-sample anti-aliasing
* 2x/4x/6x Anti-Aliasing modes
* Multi-sample algorithm with gamma correction, programmable sparse sample patterns, and centroid sampling
* New Adaptive Anti-Aliasing feature with Performance and Quality modes
* Temporal Anti-Aliasing mode
* Lossless Color Compression (up to 6:1) at all resolutions, including widescreen HDTV resolutions
* 2x/4x/8x/16x Anisotropic Filtering modes
* Up to 128-tap texture filtering
* Adaptive algorithm with Performance and Quality options
* High resolution texture support (up to 4k x 4k)

Avivo™ Video and Display Platform

* High performance programmable video processor
* Accelerated MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, WMV9, VC-1, and H.264 decoding and transcoding
* DXVA support
* De-blocking and noise reduction filtering
* Motion compensation, IDCT, DCT and color space conversion
* Vector adaptive per-pixel de-interlacing
* 3:2 pulldown (frame rate conversion)
* Seamless integration of pixel shaders with video in real time
* HDR tone mapping acceleration
* Maps any input format to 10 bit per channel output
* Flexible display support
* Dual integrated DVI transmitters (one dual-link + one single-link)
+ DVI 1.0 compliant / HDMI interoperable and HDCP ready
* Dual integrated 10 bit per channel 400 MHz DACs
* 16 bit per channel floating point HDR and 10 bit per channel DVI outpu
t * Programmable piecewise linear gamma correction, color correction, and color space conversion (10 bits per color)
* Complete, independent color controls and video overlays for each display
* High quality pre- and post-scaling engines, with underscan support for all outputs
* Content-adaptive de-flicker filtering for interlaced displays
* Xilleon™ TV encoder for high quality analog output
* YPrPb component output for direct drive of HDTV displays*
* Spatial/temporal dithering enables 10-bit color quality on 8-bit and 6-bit displays
* Fast, glitch-free mode switching
* VGA mode support on all outputs
* Drive two displays simultaneously with independent resolutions and refresh rates
* Compatible with ATI TV/Video encoder products, including Theater 550

CrossFire™

* Multi-GPU technology
* Inter-GPU communication over PCI Express (no interlink hardware required)
* Four modes of operation:
* Alternate Frame Rendering (maximum performance)
* Supertiling (optimal load-balancing)
* Scissor (compatibility)
* Super AA 8x/10x/12x/14x (maximum image quality)

HyperMemory™ 2

* 2nd generation virtual memory management technology
* Improved PCI Express transfer efficiency
* Supports rendering to system memory as well as local graphics memory



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