Powercolor X1650 Pro Review
Published: 24th August 2006 | Source: Powercolor | Price: |How we tested
With the pure speed of cards out on the market at the moment I tend to focus on gameplay in my reviews. I will play each of the test suite games on as high settings as I could possibly play them at while maintaining a frame rate that is enjoyable to play at. If the quality of the gaming looks the same at different settings then I will choose the setting with the best FPS. This differs from game to game and person to person but I play a lot of games and have played with a lot of graphics cards so I hope that I can impart a decent opinion.
To offset this angle I also run a test suite of 3dMark03, 05 and 06. These will give you some numbers on what the cards perform like at stock speeds, for comparison. I also ran 3dMark06 after overclocking the cards - to see how much of an effect the overclocking will make. Usually when reviewing one of ATI's cards I use the ATI "Overdrive" tool to overclock the card as much as possible. As I had to use beta drivers on this card the overclocking facility did not seem to be present at all. I alsi tried ATI tool and RivaTuner but both of these would not work. I have contacted Powercolor with this problem and hopefully we can get some overclocking results soon.
Intel Core2Duo Conroe E6600 @ 3379Mhz
Asus P5W DH Deluxe
2gb GSkill PC2 6400 (running spd @ 5-6-5-5)
160gb Hitachi deskstar SATA drive
Custom Watercooling in a Custom Lian Li PC71b
Lots of fans
I could not get the X1650 to initialise the driver at all on the latest ATI drivers, so Powercolor sent me some modified drivers to use. Thankfully these worked ok, though without the overclocking facility and without temperature monitoring.
Please take into consideration that this review is compiled with beta drivers (modified CAT 6.8's)
Powercolor X1650 Pro 256mb (GDDR3). Clock speed: 600. Memory Speed: 1400 (700)