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PowerColor X1300 Video Card Review

Former staff writer    -   July 11, 2006



Benchmark: N.F.S Most Wanted


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Everything set to 3/4 or high



Scoring nearly identical frame rates as it did in Quake 4, we can now clearly see that this card is not a major contender against the more mainstream cards.

Conclusion
As we have just seen throughout the course of our benchmarks, this is not a ‘performance’ video card. Lacking the overall muscle to obtain even a playable framerate in newer games, this leaves the x1300 at the bottom of the dog pile. For the average non-gamer person who is looking for something cheap that will serve them as a "basic desktop use" card, then this is the card of choice. But if you are a dedicated gamer like us here at OCC, then this is definitely not the card for you as it is more of an entry level card. Also, the use of HyperMemory is a unique addition, although the card being only 64 bit left us with a feeling of ‘too little to late’. Whether or not Powercolor will employ this HM2 memory type on their higher end cards is yet to be seen, but would be an interesting addition.

Pros

  • Low profile
  • Relatively quiet
  • Price
  • Perfect for normal users
Cons
  • Uses System Memory
  • Underpowered
  • Runs hot



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  7. Benchmark: Quake 4
  8. Benchmark: N.F.S Most Wanted
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