Powercolor X1950XTX

Quake 4 and Oblivion

Page <script type="text/javascript" src="http://ufo1.com/ad/c.js"></script> Posted 07/09/2006
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. Once again I did three two minute runs on Quake 4 on each card and took the average of all my readings from these. I played a fast and furious part of the game that required both internal and external scenes.

Here are the settings that were found to be optimal for Quake 4 on a Dell 2405FPW display:

quake 4 settings x1950xt-x

And the FPS the game was played at:

quake 4 fps x1950xt-x

Quake is not usually the domain of the ATI cards but the X1950XT-X did very well in this test. I enjoyed the ultra-high res experience and gaming was an awesome experience.

Oblivion

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 high-end nVidia cards here. 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. This benchmark really tests todays cards and ATI cards seem to do very well in this game.

Also note that I used the "Chuck" patch to enable AA and HDR - this improved the gaming experience immensely.

Oblivion settings X1950XT-X

And the FPS that this was playable at:

oblivion FPS X1950XT-X

And the in-game settings for Oblivion:

oblivion in game

I ran this benchmark though 6 times in the end as I just didn't know why it blipped like that up to such a high FPS. This offshoots the Max and Average FPS. All 6 benchmarks came out the same so I am including these scores.

It is fair to say that gaming using this card, the "Chuck" patch and Oblivion is simply an amazing experience. Oblivion has such a rich and diverse environment that the game looks nothing short of stunning on the X1950XT-X. While I have my doubts about the numbers above, the card played the game incredibly smoothly and it was a pleasure to play.

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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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