Asus X1950 Pro Crossfire (EAX1950PRO)

Test Results - F.E.A.R. and CoD 2

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Author: Matthew Kemp (kempez)
Product Acquired: Asus Technology


F.E.A.R.


F.E.A.R. is a game based on an engine that uses many features of DirectX 9.0c.

It has volumetric lighting, soft shadows, parallax mapping and particle effects, with a slow-motion mode that really taxes today's top of the line GPU's. I fully patched version the game with the latest patch. I played three two-minute runs on a taxing part of the game with plenty of action, using slow-motion for the full time whilst firing at enemy soldiers and using grenades that produce a cool "blast" contortion effect when blown up.

I am testing both Crossfire and non-Crossfire configurations

Here are the settings that were found to be optimal for F.E.A.R. on a Dell 2405FPW display:

asus x1950 pro fear

asus X1950 pro

F.E.A.R. is a great game to play at a high resolution and both X1950 Pro and Crossfire allow you to play at 1920 x 1200 with no problems. Although the minimum FPS in Crossfire was ever-so slightly lower than the Pro result, the game playing experience with X1950 pro crossfire was superior to the X1950XTX, being smoother. Here ATI aren't ahead of nVidia's last gen top-dog in IQ.

Call of Duty 2


Call of Duty 2 is a fairly recent game that uses a lot of DirectX 9.0c features, including real time shadows, amazing smoke effects and some nice looking HDR effects. This makes the game very taxing at these high resolutions. I played a fully patched up version of the game. Once again I played through the game with a two minute gaming session including explosions, smoke and also lots of snow. This should tax our cards.


I am testing both Crossfire and non-Crossfire configurations

 

Here are the settings that were found to be optimal for Call of Duty on a Dell 2405FPW display:


asus x1950 pro cod2

asus x1950 pro cod2

I was impressed with the performance of the X1950 Pro in CoD2 as the gameplay was smooth and playable at a very high level. However: I found that enabling Crossfire with the latest beta drivers off of ATI's site meant that the game was totally unplayable. I also tried using the drivers that came on Asus' CD, but experienced the same jerky frame rates and terrible gameplay experience.

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Most Recent Comments

13-11-2006, 04:47:18

FarFarAway
We get a couple of these awesome VFM cards and put them through their paces in single card and Crossfire config

click

13-11-2006, 06:13:51

FragTek
Nice review, and great cards to boot!!

13-11-2006, 06:15:36

FarFarAway
For £133 they're v. good value

13-11-2006, 07:17:22

Ham
Thats prob the best price: performance card ive see... well ever.

14-11-2006, 11:54:02

TJS
Definitely too late, unless you're on a tight budget. With the onslaught of nVidia's DX10 8800GTX's and GTS's, I don't see them selling very well, especially when nVidia starts slinging mid-range DX10 GT's into the market. (Is the 'GTS' supposed to be the 'GT' version? I'm a bit confused right now.)

TJS

14-11-2006, 14:08:08

FarFarAway
No I have to say £133 for a GPU that performs that well is an absolute bargain. no diggedy no doubt

21-11-2006, 22:03:28

Mr. Popo
Great job reviewing those bad boys!

22-11-2006, 01:10:10

liqnit
Great review

i love that Asus have been so fast to amend their mistake

22-11-2006, 05:05:48

FarFarAway
Yeah I was pretty impressed by that too: good work by Asus imo

22-11-2006, 05:25:00

Toxcity
OoOOoooo!

Cheap as chips!

If I wasn't a Nvidia homeboy I would get one...

06-02-2007, 13:33:18

dada
good review really helping me decide on a graphics card

06-02-2007, 13:36:02

FarFarAway
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='dada'
good review really helping me decide on a graphics card
Excellent that's what we like to hear

06-02-2007, 15:08:54

Mr. Popo
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Kempez'
Excellent that's what we like to hear
Good stuff indeed.
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