Powercolor X1650 Pro Review
Author: Matthew Kemp (kempez)
Hardware Acquired: Powercolor
I used the popular gaming benchmarks made by Futuremark to bench the card. I used 3dMark 03, 05 and 06. All benches were performed at stock speeds for this section. I ran all benchmarks from the stock settings just like the free versions to give you a good comparison of scores. I am grouping all three benchmarks together on one graph as this card is not really a "benchers card", although it still gives us some reasonable results. The individual benchmarks do however have their own use.
* 3DMark03 This is a benchmark that relies heavily on DirectX 8 features. This will give an indication of how the cards will run on games that rely on DX 8.
* 3DMark05 This benchmark requires some more features of DirectX 9 and gets slightly more taxing on the cards.
* 3DMark06 3dMark06 is the latest in the benchmarking tests from Futuremark. It has a lot of DirectX 9.0c features such as HDR and use of Shader model 3.0. This benchmark is very taxing for the card and also includes quite a harsh CPU benchmark.
The X1650 impressed me in Benchmarking, certainly holding it's own.
I was unable to overclock the card due to a driver limitation. I tried ATI tools and Rivatuner but neither of these worked.
I have spoken to Powercolor and they have said that the problem with Overdrive should be fixed in the next driver release. ATI Tool is currently being worked on to support the X1650 as well.