Powercolor X1650 Pro Review
Author: Matthew Kemp (kempez)
Hardware Acquired: Powercolor
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. 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.
Oblivion is an awesome RPG with a simply huge immersive environment, great graphics and incredibly realistic scenery. This game is currently one of the most testing games that you can buy and it is certainly a test of the X1650. I chose to do a run-through of the Arena part of the game. I spoke to a character, did some magic whilst in a fight and fought in the arena that is pretty huge. Also as well as doing this test I took a wander around to make sure that the benchmark resembled the general gameplay with each card. ATI seem to come out on top in Oblivion so let's see how the card fares cranked up...
In the end the game played through very well. I did have a test run with HDR and AA (ATI cards can do this) and this looked pretty good, but on a lower resolution with lower in-game settings. I felt this was too much of a compromise and so I kept the AA off. HDR is essential for the atmosphere in Oblivion and the X1650 Pro did a very good job of rendering the scene. The FPS took a bit of a hit outside, but this is to be expected and was still very playable.