Sapphire X1900XT-X 512mb
Author: Matthew Kemp (kempez815)
Hardware Acquired: SCAN Computers
Farcry is a game by Crytec Labs that uses the HDR features of DX 9.0C. Its a stunning game that looks simply awe-inspiring on this card. I used the 3.33 patch and a beta patch for the game to enable both HDR and AA in-game. This looks great with smooth frames, great looks, amazing High Dynamic Range lighting and no jaggies due to AA being enabled. This is possible with the "fix patch" beta made available on the internet from Guru 3
|AA||2x TAA||0x AA|
|AF||16x HQAF||16x AF|
|HDR||HDR 7||HDR 7|
As you can see this look great and certainly plays very smoothly. Using FRAPS I checked that the framerates were ok and at no point did this drop below 35FPS. The experience in Farcry with AA enabled on the X1900XT-X is far superior to that of the 7800GTX. The Nvidia card cannot play with AA and HDR enabled at the same time on Farcry and this gives the ATI card another edge over the GTX as regards quality.
Battlefield 2 is a demanding and large multiplayer online game that uses many features of directX 9.0, though does not use Shader Model 3.0; instead using SM 2.0++. This gives a good visual experience with huge maps and detailed scenary.
|AA||6x TAA||4x AA|
|AF||16x HQAF||16x AF|
This gave an incredibly smooth gaming experience and at no point did the game drop below 35FPS, maxing out at an incredibly 75FPS - very high for this resolution and detail setting. The X1900XT-X gave a smoother and slightly more details experience than the 7800GTX 512mb.
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. Quake 4 ran very well on the X1900XT-X, though this ran comparibly well on the 7800GTX 512mb. The experience was the same on each card, neither really having the edge over the other, though the High Quality AF and TAA features of the ATI card possibly rendered the game a bit nicer. Both cards ran Quake 4 fine at 1600 x 1200 with the game running in "widescreen mode". Widescreen mode also seems to be affecting the screenshot, but the actual experience is very good
|Resolution||1600 x 1200 (16:10)||1600 x 1200 (16:10)|
|AA||4x TAA|| 4x AA
|AF||16 x HQAF|| 16x AF
Quake 4 is a "draw" between the two cards the way I see it, though I am waiting for ATI's next set of drivers before I really judge the X1900XT-X. These drivers seem to be holding the card back somewhat.