Sapphire X1900XT-X 512mb
Author: Matthew Kemp (kempez815)
Hardware Acquired: SCAN Computers
Test Rig Spec:
CPU AMD X2 4400+ @ 2.75GHz
Motherboard DFI LANPARTY SLi-D
RAM 2 x 1gb Crucial Ballistix PC4000 1:1 3-3-3-8
Graphics Sapphire X1900XT-X 512mb
HDD OS: Maxtor 76gb 8mb Cache IDE
HDD Gaming: 2 x Hitachi Deskstars in 74gb RAID 0 Array
Case Coolermaster Stacker on wheels
PSU PCP&C 510 SLi
Sound Audigy ZS
Optical Sony DVD-ROM/CD-RW Combo Drive
Monitor Dell 2405FPW 24" TFT
OS: Windows XP Professional Edition Fully Patched SP2
Call of Duty 2
Counter Strike: Source
For the Game Tests I try to get the very best possible looks for playing each game at the native Res of the Dell 2405FPW. This is 1920 x 1200. I also make sure that the games are maintaining a playable frame rate. Basically I try to get the very best graphical experience without losing the fast pace and enjoyment of each game.
For the benchmark tests I used the beta drivers that came with the X1900XTX. I believe these are a modified version of the Catalyst 6.2 beta
The ATI X1900XT-X has a few high end features that I have used in this review. I will explain briefly about these.
TAA is temporal Antialising. This doubles the effect of antialiasing by alternating the sample pattern every other frame. This improves the quality of AA immensly, especially when coupled with
This enables Supersampling aliasing on transparent textures and multi-sampling aliasing on all other textures. This improves both quality and performance in one click.
Standing for High Quality Anisotropic Filtering, HQAF is a feature that hugely inproves filtering on ATI cards. I have used this throughout the whole review and is a feature that really makes the ATI card stand out from the Nvidia one.
Super-Sampling on Nvidia Cards
Super-sampling does about the same as Adaptive AA does on the ATI card. I have found that at resolutions higher than 1680 x 1080, the Nvidia card does not perform too well in the most demanding games, but does increase the gaming experience.