Powercolor X1900XT 512mb

Quake 4 and Oblivion

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.

The settings used are as follows:

quake 4 fps

And again the minumum, maximum and average FPS:

powercolor x1900xt

Quake 4 is a game that the nVidia traditionally cards really pull ahead of the ATI cards. Using the Quake engine that is getting slightly older, all top-end cards from both sides manage to play this at pretty much full details settings with consumate ease. The XT was slightly slower than the other two cards but this is to be expected. The game looks awesome at this details setting.


Oblivion is an awesome RPG with a simply huge immersive environment, great graphics and incredibly realistic scenary. This game is currently one of the most testing games that you can buy and it is certainly a test of our high-end nvidia cards here. I chose to do a run-through of the Arena part of the 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

I had to do these in slightly more detail as Oblivion has so many settings and they affect performance so much. The general settings are as follows:

powercolor x1900xt

And the minimum, maximum and average FPS:

powercolor x1900xt oblivion

Oblivion requires a little more settings detail as it is just so tweakable:

powercolor x1900xt

As you can see above the Powercolor card did very well again in Oblivion. The ATI cards are very much on top in the benchmark. I did use the "chuck patch" with the X1900XT, but found that the hit in FPS meant reducing the screen res. I felt that a better game experience was had with HDR and no AA, rather than the added 2 x HQAA which seriously affected performance. all in all Oblivion plays far better on ATI hardware at the moment and the Powercolor X1900XT is no exception.
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Most Recent Comments

14-06-2006, 19:30:19

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).Quote

14-06-2006, 19:34:31

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 thoQuote

14-06-2006, 20:13:44

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.


14-06-2006, 20:27:58

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.

Yeah but the nvidea cooling fan has a great throughput with none of the sound. the cooler on the GTX is far superior IMO Quote

14-06-2006, 20:35:14

sweet reveiw mate and agreed nvidia's cooling solution is very capable sound-performance wise .


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