Sapphire X1900XT-X 512mb

Game Tests Cont.

<script type="text/javascript" src=""></script> Posted 29/01/2006
Author: Matthew Kemp (kempez815)
Hardware Acquired: SCAN Computers

Gaming Tests Cont.

Counter Strike: Source

I was running Counter Strike via the Steam service, fully patched. I ran three two minute tests on the same server (with a good ping and excellent server FPS). This test was simply stunning. I enabled all high-end features of the card at 1920 x 1200 and the FPS was excellent - above 70 at all times.

Counter Strike is the multi-player game based on the source engine. This runs a lot of DX 9 features but is relatively light on the GPU. This game test was more a test of quality and the X1900XT-X looked easily better than the 7800GTX. The AF was awesome and AA in the distance was simply stunning - no jaggies at all. Even when compared to the 7800GTX 512mb the quality of the scene is very good.

Counter Strike Source X1900XTX

Card X1900XT-X 7800GTX 512mb
Resolution 1920 x 1200 1920 x 1200
AF 16x HQAF 16x AF
HDR Enabled Enabled
Full in game settings used.
The X1900XT-X performs very well in CS:S


F.E.A.R. is a game based on a new 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.

 F.E.A.R. X1900XTX F.E.A.R. combat X1900XTX

Card X1900XT-X 7800GTX 512mb
Resolution 1920 x 1200 1920 x 1200
AA 4x TAA 2x AA
AF 16x HQAF 16x AF
HDR Disabled Disabled

Soft Shadows are disabled on the 7800GTX cards as they it takes a very big hit in FPS. The ATI card handled this fine, although this is a poorly implemented feature and makes barely any visual difference.

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 maked the game very taxing at these high resolutions. I played a fully patched up version of the game.


The X1900XT-X had a tough time playing this with 4 x TAA enabled so I lowered it to simply 4 x AA, leaving Adaptive AA enabled as well as 16 x  HQAF. The 7800GTX 512 struggled to play the game at 4 x AA and 1920 x 1200, so I played at 1680 x 1080 with 4 x AA, which ran fine, even if the minimum FPS dropped a bit low at 13FPS. In comparison the X1900XT-X never creeped below 18FPS at any point, making for a far more enjoyable and smooth experience.

Card X1900XT-X 7800GTX 512mb
Resolution 1920 x 1200 1680 x 1080
AA 6x TAA 4x AA
AF 16x HQAF 16x AF
HDR Enabled Enabled
Maximum settings were used.
The X1900XT-X easily won this test over the 7800GTX 512mb. The card made the game look simply stunning and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience with the X1900XT-X.

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Most Recent Comments

31-01-2006, 10:12:50

A few minor adjustments to do: but here is where you can discuss the review:

31-01-2006, 10:14:14

Great review mate. Props too ya . Hopefully the begining of a lot of top class reviews for OC3D Quote

31-01-2006, 10:41:36

Very nice mate!! Keep up the awesome reviewing Quote

31-01-2006, 14:13:41

Thanks lads

I've added a few more pics and amended a few bits of the review Quote

31-01-2006, 14:20:26

Very nice review Kemp , keep up the good work, have you tried overclocking the card with Ati Tools or are they both have same speed limits ? Quote

31-01-2006, 14:27:01

No Imma get something to OC today mefinks Quote

31-01-2006, 16:15:37

WC Annihilus
Nice review man. I did the same with this review as the other (hope you don't mind )Quote

31-01-2006, 16:29:18

Little addon to spice up the benchys.

I had to do this quickly , i can alter the background colour to match sites background colour so it looks embedded.

If you want to get numbers for the games too then i can do charts for them too.

Hope you like it.. See you around.Quote

31-01-2006, 16:34:36

Nice work Tec

I don't want to do game numbers for this one seeing as I don't have an nvidia card anymore and I don't think that thats what this card is about.

The add-in would need to be below 400px wide to fit on the page so feel free to go ahead and change it to match and I'll put it in with credit Quote

31-01-2006, 18:06:38

.swf should fit into any width Kempez , autofit anysize i meant if it doesnt i ll do another one. No need for credit as its all for OC3D Quote

31-01-2006, 18:57:18

Nice review- I could understand everything (always a good sign).

Hope it's the beginning of a great future for OC3D Quote

31-01-2006, 18:58:58

Originally Posted by Danni
Nice review- I could understand everything (always a good sign).

Hope it's the beginning of a great future for OC3D
I am sure it is Quote

02-02-2006, 08:13:05

some pretty decent news:

Type in "sapphire x1900xt-x review"

and here's what ya get:

w00t Quote

02-02-2006, 08:14:57

Page 1 baby

And OC3D hasn't even been submitted to the engines yet!Quote

02-02-2006, 08:25:18

Originally Posted by XMS
Page 1 baby

And OC3D hasn't even been submitted to the engines yet!
Verrry nice. Maybe we shouldn't submit it Maybe that's what ed up the SX listings, lol.Quote

02-02-2006, 08:43:03

Yeah, i think i'll wait and see. If Google indexes the entire site (its only doing the index atm) then i wont bother submitting it

EDIT: THB, what you said could well be true Frag. Maybe google penalizes sites that submit directly to it. Maybe google believe that the sites that are found via word of mouth (eg, SX linking to OC3D) carry more weight.Quote

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