HIS Overclocked Radeon X1300 XT Review
By Gabriel Torres on June 6, 2007


Introduction

Officially called Radeon X1300 XT IceQ Turbo, this entry-level video card from HIS comes overclocked and featuring a good cooling solution from Arctic Cooling. We know that Radeon HD 2400 is around the corner, but let’s take a look at this entry-level video card from HIS and compare it with other entry-level and mid-range cards from both ATI and NVIDIA.

HIS Overclocked Radeon X1300 XT
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Figure 1: HIS Radeon X1300 XT IceQ Turbo.

This video card can be classified as a top entry-level video card or as a low mid-range card, you choose. The truth is that the standard Radeon X1300 XT is a renamed Radeon X1600 Pro running with a higher memory clock rate.
 
Radeon X1300 XT runs at 500 MHz and it is interesting to note that it can be found with two memory clock rates. If your Radeon X1300 XT has DDR2 chips then they run at 800 MHz (400 MHz transferring two data per clock cycle), and if your Radeon X1300 XT has GDDR3 chips then they run at 1 GHz (500 MHz x 2). In both cases the memory chip accesses the memory through a 128-bit memory interface.

This card from HIS runs at 587 MHz and accesses its 256 MB GDDR3 memory at 1.37 GHz (688.5 MHz x 2), so it runs at a clock rate 17% higher than the standard model and accesses its memory at a rate 37% higher than the standard model. That is really interesting.

Radeon X1300 XT competes in price with GeForce 8500 GT, even though Radeon X1300 XT is a DirectX 9.0c (Shader 3.0) product, while GeForce 8500 GT is a DirectX 10 (Shader 4.0) product. Radeon HD 2400 is the new family that will be released by AMD during this month to replace Radeon X1300 series.

For a full comparison between Radeon X1300 XT and other chips from AMD/ATI, please read our ATI Chips Comparison Table tutorial. On NVIDIAChips Comparison Table you can compare them to competitors from NVIDIA.

This video card features the traditional cooler used by HIS, IceQ, that blows the hot air produced by the video card to outside the computer. This cooler is in fact manufactured by Arctic Cooling and called “VGA Silencer Rev. 3”.

On Figures 2 and 3 you can see the reviewed card from HIS.

HIS Overclocked Radeon X1300 XT
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Figure 2: HIS Radeon X1300 XT IceQ Turbo.

HIS Overclocked Radeon X1300 XT
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Figure 3: HIS Radeon X1300 XT IceQ Turbo, back view.

HIS Radeon X1300 XT IceQ Turbo

This video card uses four GDDR3 512-Mbit chips with an individual passive heatsink glued on top of each chip. Because of the existence of this heatsink we couldn’t see the chip manufacturer and the chip model like we traditionally do (once this heatsink is removed we can’t glue it back, so we didn’t do this in order to avoid damaging our card).

HIS Overclocked Radeon X1300 XT
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Figure 4: Each memory chip features an individual passive heatsink.

This video card comes with one full game (Dungeon Siege 1.1) and several demos (RollerCoaster Tycoon 3, Half-Life 2, Act of War: Direct Action, Tribes: Vengeance Single Player and Axies & Allies).

In Figure 5, you can see the video component cable, the S-Video cable, the two DVI-to-VGA adapters and the S-Video-to-Composite Video adapter that come with this product.

HIS Overclocked Radeon X1300 XT
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Figure 5: Cables and adapters that come with this video card.

Main Specifications

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How We Tested

During our benchmarking sessions, we used the configuration listed below. Between our benchmarking sessions the only different device was the video card being tested.

Hardware Configuration

Software Configuration

Used Software

We adopted a 3% error margin; thus, differences below 3% cannot be considered relevant. In other words, products with a performance difference below 3% should be considered as having similar performance.

3DMark03

3DMark03 simulates DirectX 8 and 9 games. Even though this program may be considered “old”, we ran it to see how the tested video cards perform on older games. Since we are comparing mid-range cards, we decided to run this program in two resolutions, 1024x768 (which is considered low for today’s standards and thus providing a simulation for low resolution) and 1600x1200 (which provides a simulation for high resolution). At each resolution we simulated two scenarios, first with no image quality enhancements enabled (this scenario we called “low”) and then with anti-aliasing set at 4x and anisotropic filtering set at 4x (this scenario we called “high”). The results you check below. All video cards listed below were running with the default clock rates defined by the chip manufacturer except the cards marked with “OC”, which are cards that are factory-overclocked.

ATI Radeon Mid-Range

3DMark03 Professional Edition 3.6.0 - 1024x768 Score Difference
GeForce 8600 GTS 256 MB (MSI) 18236 75.99%
GeForce 8600 GT 256 MB (MSI) 15741 51.91%
GeForce 7600 GT 256 MB (XFX) 14487 39.81%
Radeon X1650 XT 256 MB (HIS) OC 14391 38.88%
Radeon X1650 XT 256 MB (HIS) 13663 31.86%
Radeon X1650 Pro 256 MB (HIS) 10574 2.05%
Radeon X1300 XT 256 MB GDDR3 (HIS) OC 10362  
Radeon X1600 XT 256 MB (HIS) 10271 0.89%
GeForce 6600 GT 128 MB (NVIDIA) 9557 8.42%
GeForce 7600 GS 256 MB (XFX) 8984 15.34%
Radeon X1300 XT 256 MB GDDR3 (HIS) 8935 15.97%
GeForce 8500 GT 256 MB (MSI) 8124 27.55%
GeForce 7300 GT 256 MB (Zogis) 7359 40.81%
Radeon X1300 Pro 256 MB (ATI) 6385 62.29%
GeForce 6600 128 MB (Albatron) 5593 85.27%
GeForce 6200 128-bit 128 MB (Leadtek) 4179 147.95%

ATI Radeon Mid-Range

3DMark03 Professional Edition 3.6.0 - 1600x1200 Score Difference
GeForce 8600 GTS 256 MB (MSI) 10538 96.31%
GeForce 8600 GT 256 MB (MSI) 8797 63.88%
GeForce 7600 GT 256 MB (XFX) 8450 57.41%
Radeon X1650 XT 256 MB (HIS) OC 8263 53.93%
Radeon X1650 XT 256 MB (HIS) 7556 40.76%
Radeon X1650 Pro 256 MB (HIS) 5429 1.14%
Radeon X1600 XT 256 MB (HIS) 5385 0.32%
Radeon X1300 XT 256 MB GDDR3 (HIS) OC 5368  
GeForce 6600 GT 128 MB (NVIDIA) 5255 2.15%
GeForce 7600 GS 256 MB (XFX) 5086 5.54%
Radeon X1300 XT 256 MB GDDR3 (HIS) 4497 19.37%
GeForce 8500 GT 256 MB (MSI) 4313 24.46%
GeForce 7300 GT 256 MB (Zogis) 4011 33.83%
GeForce 6600 128 MB (Albatron) 2915 84.15%
Radeon X1300 Pro 256 MB (ATI) 2712 97.94%
GeForce 6200 128-bit 128 MB (Leadtek) 2076 158.57%

ATI Radeon Mid-Range

3DMark03 Professional Edition 3.6.0 - 1024x768 - AAx4.AFx4 Score Difference
GeForce 8600 GTS 256 MB (MSI) 10742 97.61%
GeForce 8600 GT 256 MB (MSI) 9119 67.75%
Radeon X1650 XT 256 MB (HIS) OC 8019 47.52%
GeForce 7600 GT 256 MB (XFX) 7980 46.80%
Radeon X1650 XT 256 MB (HIS) 7602 39.85%
Radeon X1650 Pro 256 MB (HIS) 5592 2.87%
Radeon X1300 XT 256 MB GDDR3 (HIS) OC 5436  
Radeon X1600 XT 256 MB (HIS) 5396 0.74%
GeForce 8500 GT 256 MB (MSI) 4873 11.55%
GeForce 6600 GT 128 MB (NVIDIA) 4844 12.22%
GeForce 7600 GS 256 MB (XFX) 4635 17.28%
Radeon X1300 XT 256 MB GDDR3 (HIS) 4605 18.05%
GeForce 7300 GT 256 MB (Zogis) 3894 39.60%
Radeon X1300 Pro 256 MB (ATI) 3376 61.02%
GeForce 6600 128 MB (Albatron) 2617 107.72%
GeForce 6200 128-bit 128 MB (Leadtek) 1745 211.52%

ATI Radeon Mid-Range

3DMark03 Professional Edition 3.6.0 - 1600x1200 - AAx4.AFx4 Score Difference
GeForce 8600 GTS 256 MB (MSI) 5612 107.85%
GeForce 8600 GT 256 MB (MSI) 4639 71.81%
Radeon X1650 XT 256 MB (HIS) OC 4542 68.22%
GeForce 7600 GT 256 MB (XFX) 4276 58.37%
Radeon X1650 XT 256 MB (HIS) 4110 52.22%
Radeon X1650 Pro 256 MB (HIS) 2714 0.52%
Radeon X1300 XT 256 MB GDDR3 (HIS) OC 2700  
Radeon X1600 XT 256 MB (HIS) 2691 0.33%
GeForce 7600 GS 256 MB (XFX) 2320 16.38%
GeForce 6600 GT 128 MB (NVIDIA) 2237 20.70%
Radeon X1300 XT 256 MB GDDR3 (HIS) 2217 21.79%
GeForce 8500 GT 256 MB (MSI) 2162 24.88%
GeForce 7300 GT 256 MB (Zogis) 1917 40.85%
GeForce 6600 128 MB (Albatron) 1212 122.77%
Radeon X1300 Pro 256 MB (ATI) 1038 160.12%
GeForce 6200 128-bit 128 MB (Leadtek) 837 222.58%

3DMark06

3DMark06 simulates DirectX 9.0c (Shader 3.0) games and it also puts HDR (High Dynamic Range) into the equation to calculate its final score. So it simulates the most high-end games available today. Since we were comparing mid-range cards, we ran this program in two resolutions, one low (1024x768) and one high (1600x1200). The results you check below. All video cards listed below were running with the default clock rates defined by the chip manufacturer except the cards marked with “OC”, which are cards that are factory-overclocked.

ATI Radeon Mid-Range

3DMark06 Professional Edition 1.10 - 1024x768 Score Difference
GeForce 8600 GTS 256 MB (MSI) 7002 112.37%
GeForce 8600 GT 256 MB (MSI) 5743 74.19%
Radeon X1650 XT 256 MB (HIS) OC 4543 37.79%
Radeon X1650 XT 256 MB (HIS) 4292 30.18%
GeForce 7600 GT 256 MB (XFX) 4192 27.15%
Radeon X1650 Pro 256 MB (HIS) 3369 2.18%
Radeon X1300 XT 256 MB GDDR3 (HIS) OC 3297  
Radeon X1600 XT 256 MB (HIS) 3295 0.06%
GeForce 8500 GT 256 MB (MSI) 2927 12.64%
Radeon X1300 XT 256 MB GDDR3 (HIS) 2860 15.28%
GeForce 7600 GS 256 MB (XFX) 2763 19.33%
GeForce 6600 GT 128 MB (NVIDIA) 2213 48.98%
GeForce 7300 GT 256 MB (Zogis) 2046 61.14%
Radeon X1300 Pro 256 MB (ATI) 1920 71.72%
GeForce 6600 128 MB (Albatron) 1357 142.96%
GeForce 6200 128-bit 128 MB (Leadtek) 741 344.94%

ATI Radeon Mid-Range

3DMark06 Professional Edition 1.10 - 1600x1200 Score Difference
GeForce 8600 GTS 256 MB (MSI) 4607 121.07%
GeForce 8600 GT 256 MB (MSI) 3707 77.88%
Radeon X1650 XT 256 MB (HIS) OC 3147 51.01%
Radeon X1650 XT 256 MB (HIS) 2923 40.26%
GeForce 7600 GT 256 MB (XFX) 2765 32.68%
Radeon X1650 Pro 256 MB (HIS) 2117 1.58%
Radeon X1600 XT 256 MB (HIS) 2086 0.10%
Radeon X1300 XT 256 MB GDDR3 (HIS) OC 2084  
GeForce 7600 GS 256 MB (XFX) 1796 16.04%
GeForce 8500 GT 256 MB (MSI) 1784 16.82%
Radeon X1300 XT 256 MB GDDR3 (HIS) 1781 17.01%
GeForce 7300 GT 256 MB (Zogis) 1281 62.69%
Radeon X1300 Pro 256 MB (ATI) 1100 89.45%

Quake 4

Quake 4 uses the same game engine as Doom 3 and since we are comparing mid-range cards, we decided to run this program in two resolutions, 1024x768 (simulating a low resolution) and 1600x1200 (simulating a high resolution), first with image quality set at “low” and then with image quality set at “high”. We upgraded this game to version 1.3 and run the id_demo001 net demo that comes with this version. Click here for more details on how to use Quake 4 to benchmark a system. The results you check below and are given in frames per second. All video cards listed below were running with the default clock rates defined by the chip manufacturer except the cards marked with “OC”, which are cards that are factory-overclocked.

ATI Radeon Mid-Range

Quake 4 1.3 - 1024x768 - low Score Difference
GeForce 8600 GTS 256 MB (MSI) 123.21 97.23%
GeForce 8600 GT 256 MB (MSI) 114.53 83.34%
GeForce 7600 GT 256 MB (XFX) 109.14 74.71%
Radeon X1650 XT 256 MB (HIS) OC 92.18 47.56%
Radeon X1650 XT 256 MB (HIS) 85.44 36.77%
GeForce 7600 GS 256 MB (XFX) 79.65 27.50%
GeForce 6600 GT 128 MB (NVIDIA) 77.86 24.64%
GeForce 7300 GT 256 MB (Zogis) 74.81 19.75%
Radeon X1650 Pro 256 MB (HIS) 66.54 6.52%
Radeon X1300 XT 256 MB GDDR3 (HIS) OC 62.47  
GeForce 8500 GT 256 MB (MSI) 61.90 0.92%
Radeon X1300 XT 256 MB GDDR3 (HIS) 55.69 12.17%
GeForce 6600 128 MB (Albatron) 46.40 34.63%
GeForce 6200 128-bit 128 MB (Leadtek) 35.03 78.33%

ATI Radeon Mid-Range

Quake 4 1.3 - 1600x1200 - low Score Difference
GeForce 8600 GTS 256 MB (MSI) 77.30 150.49%
GeForce 7600 GT 256 MB (XFX) 65.14 111.08%
GeForce 8600 GT 256 MB (MSI) 61.34 98.77%
Radeon X1650 XT 256 MB (HIS) OC 48.43 56.93%
Radeon X1650 XT 256 MB (HIS) 44.18 43.16%
GeForce 7600 GS 256 MB (XFX) 41.01 32.89%
GeForce 6600 GT 128 MB (NVIDIA) 39.59 28.29%
GeForce 7300 GT 256 MB (Zogis) 37.63 21.94%
Radeon X1650 Pro 256 MB (HIS) 33.65 9.04%
Radeon X1300 XT 256 MB GDDR3 (HIS) OC 30.86  
GeForce 8500 GT 256 MB (MSI) 29.63 4.15%
Radeon X1300 XT 256 MB GDDR3 (HIS) 28.01 10.17%
GeForce 6600 128 MB (Albatron) 23.02 34.06%
GeForce 6200 128-bit 128 MB (Leadtek) 16.95 82.06%

ATI Radeon Mid-Range

Quake 4 1.3 - 1024x768 - high Score Difference
GeForce 8600 GTS 256 MB (MSI) 120.14 116.08%
GeForce 8600 GT 256 MB (MSI) 112.95 103.15%
GeForce 7600 GT 256 MB (XFX) 110.23 98.26%
Radeon X1650 XT 256 MB (HIS) OC 84.54 52.05%
Radeon X1650 XT 256 MB (HIS) 78.24 40.72%
GeForce 7600 GS 256 MB (XFX) 75.27 35.38%
GeForce 6600 GT 128 MB (NVIDIA) 71.89 29.30%
GeForce 7300 GT 256 MB (Zogis) 70.76 27.27%
GeForce 8500 GT 256 MB (MSI) 60.53 8.87%
Radeon X1650 Pro 256 MB (HIS) 58.80 5.76%
Radeon X1300 XT 256 MB GDDR3 (HIS) OC 55.60  
Radeon X1300 XT 256 MB GDDR3 (HIS) 49.15 13.12%
GeForce 6600 128 MB (Albatron) 42.87 29.69%
GeForce 6200 128-bit 128 MB (Leadtek) 32.15 72.94%

ATI Radeon Mid-Range

Quake 4 1.3 - 1600x1200 - high Score Difference
GeForce 8600 GTS 256 MB (MSI) 75.51 166.44%
GeForce 7600 GT 256 MB (XFX) 62.23 119.58%
GeForce 8600 GT 256 MB (MSI) 59.99 111.68%
Radeon X1650 XT 256 MB (HIS) OC 44.95 58.61%
Radeon X1650 XT 256 MB (HIS) 41.05 44.85%
GeForce 7600 GS 256 MB (XFX) 39.05 37.79%
GeForce 6600 GT 128 MB (NVIDIA) 37.10 30.91%
GeForce 7300 GT 256 MB (Zogis) 35.94 26.82%
Radeon X1650 Pro 256 MB (HIS) 30.75 8.50%
GeForce 8500 GT 256 MB (MSI) 28.93 2.08%
Radeon X1300 XT 256 MB GDDR3 (HIS) OC 28.34  
Radeon X1300 XT 256 MB GDDR3 (HIS) 25.62 10.62%
GeForce 6600 128 MB (Albatron) 21.47 32.00%
GeForce 6200 128-bit 128 MB (Leadtek) 15.76 79.82%

F.E.A.R.

F.E.A.R. is a heavy game and we used its internal benchmarking module. We upgraded it to version 1.08 and since we are comparing mid-range cards, we decided to run this program in two resolutions, 1024x768 (simulating a low resolution) and 1600x1200 (simulating a high resolution). We set “computer settings” to “maximum” and then ran each resolution in two scenarios, first with “graphics card” set at “low” and then with this item set at “maximum”. Let’s take a look at the results, given in frames per second. All video cards listed below were running with the default clock rates defined by the chip manufacturer except the cards marked with “OC”, which are cards that are factory-overclocked.

ATI Radeon Mid-Range

F.E.A.R. 1.08 - 1024x768 - Low Quality Score Difference
Radeon X1650 XT 256 MB (HIS) OC 282 83.12%
Radeon X1650 XT 256 MB (HIS) 268 74.03%
GeForce 8600 GTS 256 MB (MSI) 247 60.39%
GeForce 8600 GT 256 MB (MSI) 193 25.32%
GeForce 7600 GT 256 MB (XFX) 186 20.78%
Radeon X1650 Pro 256 MB (HIS) 167 8.44%
Radeon X1300 XT 256 MB GDDR3 (HIS) OC 154  
Radeon X1300 XT 256 MB GDDR3 (HIS) 139 10.79%
GeForce 7600 GS 256 MB (XFX) 121 27.27%
GeForce 6600 GT 128 MB (NVIDIA) 114 35.09%
GeForce 8500 GT 256 MB (MSI) 94 63.83%
GeForce 7300 GT 256 MB (Zogis) 83 85.54%
GeForce 6600 128 MB (Albatron) 66 133.33%
GeForce 6200 128-bit 128 MB (Leadtek) 38 305.26%

ATI Radeon Mid-Range

F.E.A.R. 1.08 - 1600x1200 - Low Quality Score Difference
Radeon X1650 XT 256 MB (HIS) OC 128 88.24%
Radeon X1650 XT 256 MB (HIS) 123 80.88%
GeForce 8600 GTS 256 MB (MSI) 115 69.12%
GeForce 8600 GT 256 MB (MSI) 89 30.88%
GeForce 7600 GT 256 MB (XFX) 89 30.88%
Radeon X1650 Pro 256 MB (HIS) 75 10.29%
Radeon X1300 XT 256 MB GDDR3 (HIS) OC 68  
Radeon X1300 XT 256 MB GDDR3 (HIS) 62 9.68%
GeForce 7600 GS 256 MB (XFX) 58 17.24%
GeForce 6600 GT 128 MB (NVIDIA) 54 25.93%
GeForce 8500 GT 256 MB (MSI) 42 61.90%
GeForce 7300 GT 256 MB (Zogis) 38 78.95%
GeForce 6600 128 MB (Albatron) 31 119.35%
GeForce 6200 128-bit 128 MB (Leadtek) 17 300.00%

ATI Radeon Mid-Range

F.E.A.R. 1.08 - 1024x768 - Maximum Quality Score Difference
GeForce 8600 GTS 256 MB (MSI) 62 58.97%
Radeon X1650 XT 256 MB (HIS) OC 55 41.03%
GeForce 8600 GT 256 MB (MSI) 51 30.77%
Radeon X1650 XT 256 MB (HIS) 50 28.21%
GeForce 7600 GT 256 MB (XFX) 46 17.95%
Radeon X1650 Pro 256 MB (HIS) 40 2.56%
Radeon X1300 XT 256 MB GDDR3 (HIS) OC 39  
Radeon X1300 XT 256 MB GDDR3 (HIS) 33 18.18%
GeForce 8500 GT 256 MB (MSI) 29 34.48%
GeForce 7600 GS 256 MB (XFX) 27 44.44%
GeForce 6600 128 MB (Albatron) 27 44.44%
GeForce 6600 GT 128 MB (NVIDIA) 26 50.00%
GeForce 7300 GT 256 MB (Zogis) 26 50.00%
GeForce 6200 128-bit 128 MB (Leadtek) 10 290.00%

ATI Radeon Mid-Range

F.E.A.R. 1.08 - 1600x1200 - Maximum Quality Score Difference
GeForce 8600 GTS 256 MB (MSI) 26 52.94%
Radeon X1650 XT 256 MB (HIS) OC 26 52.94%
Radeon X1650 XT 256 MB (HIS) 24 41.18%
GeForce 7600 GT 256 MB (XFX) 23 35.29%
GeForce 8600 GT 256 MB (MSI) 22 29.41%
Radeon X1650 Pro 256 MB (HIS) 17 0.00%
Radeon X1300 XT 256 MB GDDR3 (HIS) OC 17  
Radeon X1300 XT 256 MB GDDR3 (HIS) 14 21.43%
GeForce 6600 128 MB (Albatron) 13 30.77%
GeForce 7600 GS 256 MB (XFX) 12 41.67%
GeForce 7300 GT 256 MB (Zogis) 12 41.67%
GeForce 8500 GT 256 MB (MSI) 11 54.55%
GeForce 6600 GT 128 MB (NVIDIA) 11 54.55%
GeForce 6200 128-bit 128 MB (Leadtek) 4 325.00%

Far Cry

Far Cry is a heavy game based on the Shader 3.0 (DirectX 9.0c) programming model. We’ve updated the game to version 1.4. To measure the performance we run four times the demo created by German magazine PC Games Hardware (PCGH) and the results presented below are an arithmetic average of the collected data. We used the HardwareOC Far Cry Benchmark 1.7 utility to help us collecting data.

Since we are comparing mid-range cards, we decided to run this program in two resolutions, 1024x768 (simulating a low resolution) and 1600x1200 (simulating a high resolution). At each resolution we simulated two scenarios, first with no image quality enhancements enabled and graphics details set to “maximum” (this scenario we called “low”) and then with anti-aliasing set at 4x, anisotropic filtering set at 16x and graphics details set to “ultra” (this scenario we called “high”). On all scenarios we set the rendering engine to Shader 3.0. The results, given in frames per second, you check below. All video cards listed below were running with the default clock rates defined by the chip manufacturer except the cards marked with “OC”, which are cards that are factory-overclocked.

ATI Radeon Mid-Range

Far Cry 1.4 - 1024x768 - Maximum Details Score Difference
GeForce 8600 GTS 256 MB (MSI) 141.84 46.44%
GeForce 7600 GT 256 MB (XFX) 131.39 35.65%
Radeon X1650 XT 256 MB (HIS) OC 130.21 34.43%
Radeon X1650 XT 256 MB (HIS) 128.86 33.04%
GeForce 8600 GT 256 MB (MSI) 118.14 21.97%
Radeon X1650 Pro 256 MB (HIS) 97.75 0.92%
Radeon X1300 XT 256 MB GDDR3 (HIS) OC 96.86  
GeForce 7600 GS 256 MB (XFX) 89.96 7.67%
GeForce 6600 GT 128 MB (NVIDIA) 85.77 12.93%
Radeon X1300 XT 256 MB GDDR3 (HIS) 81.60 18.70%
GeForce 7300 GT 256 MB (Zogis) 67.03 44.50%
GeForce 8500 GT 256 MB (MSI) 60.84 59.20%
GeForce 6600 128 MB (Albatron) 50.01 93.68%
GeForce 6200 128-bit 128 MB (Leadtek) 34.90 177.54%

ATI Radeon Mid-Range

Far Cry 1.4 - 1600x1200 - Maximum Details Score Difference
GeForce 8600 GTS 256 MB (MSI) 78.86 62.00%
Radeon X1650 XT 256 MB (HIS) OC 77.92 60.07%
GeForce 7600 GT 256 MB (XFX) 75.56 55.22%
Radeon X1650 XT 256 MB (HIS) 71.84 47.58%
GeForce 8600 GT 256 MB (MSI) 61.09 25.49%
Radeon X1650 Pro 256 MB (HIS) 49.39 1.46%
Radeon X1300 XT 256 MB GDDR3 (HIS) OC 48.68  
GeForce 7600 GS 256 MB (XFX) 46.17 5.44%
GeForce 6600 GT 128 MB (NVIDIA) 45.07 8.01%
Radeon X1300 XT 256 MB GDDR3 (HIS) 40.88 19.08%
GeForce 7300 GT 256 MB (Zogis) 34.52 41.02%
GeForce 8500 GT 256 MB (MSI) 30.56 59.29%
GeForce 6600 128 MB (Albatron) 25.62 90.01%
GeForce 6200 128-bit 128 MB (Leadtek) 17.65 175.81%

ATI Radeon Mid-Range

Far Cry 1.4 - 1024x768 - AAx4. AFx16. Ultra Details Score Difference
GeForce 8600 GTS 256 MB (MSI) 98.33 102.74%
Radeon X1650 XT 256 MB (HIS) OC 81.34 67.71%
GeForce 8600 GT 256 MB (MSI) 79.72 64.37%
GeForce 7600 GT 256 MB (XFX) 77.96 60.74%
Radeon X1650 XT 256 MB (HIS) 74.08 52.74%
GeForce 7600 GS 256 MB (XFX) 49.96 3.01%
Radeon X1650 Pro 256 MB (HIS) 48.93 0.89%
Radeon X1300 XT 256 MB GDDR3 (HIS) OC 48.50  
GeForce 6600 GT 128 MB (NVIDIA) 45.34 6.97%
GeForce 7300 GT 256 MB (Zogis) 44.59 8.77%
GeForce 8500 GT 256 MB (MSI) 41.31 17.40%
Radeon X1300 XT 256 MB GDDR3 (HIS) 40.86 18.70%
GeForce 6600 128 MB (Albatron) 24.88 94.94%
GeForce 6200 128-bit 128 MB (Leadtek) 17.97 169.89%

ATI Radeon Mid-Range

Far Cry 1.4 - 1600x1200 - AAx4. AFx16. Ultra Details Score Difference
GeForce 8600 GTS 256 MB (MSI) 46.71 87.67%
Radeon X1650 XT 256 MB (HIS) OC 46.52 86.90%
Radeon X1650 XT 256 MB (HIS) 42.10 69.14%
GeForce 7600 GT 256 MB (XFX) 38.49 54.64%
GeForce 8600 GT 256 MB (MSI) 38.33 54.00%
Radeon X1300 XT 256 MB GDDR3 (HIS) OC 24.89  
Radeon X1650 Pro 256 MB (HIS) 24.81 0.32%
GeForce 7300 GT 256 MB (Zogis) 21.23 17.24%
GeForce 7600 GS 256 MB (XFX) 21.13 17.79%
GeForce 6600 GT 128 MB (NVIDIA) 21.04 18.30%
Radeon X1300 XT 256 MB GDDR3 (HIS) 20.53 21.24%
GeForce 8500 GT 256 MB (MSI) 18.78 32.53%
GeForce 6600 128 MB (Albatron) 11.44 117.57%
GeForce 6200 128-bit 128 MB (Leadtek) 8.47 193.86%

Battlefield 2142

Battlefield 2142 is the latest member of the Battlefield franchise. We updated this game to version 1.01. We created our own demo based on Sidi Power Plant map (click here to download the demo we created for this test), which provided a very consistent number of frames per second. We ran it and measured performance with FRAPS. Click here to read in details how we benchmarked using Battlefield 2142.

Since we are comparing mid-range cards, we decided to run this program in two resolutions, 1024x768 (simulating a low resolution) and 1600x1200 (simulating a high resolution). First we ran our demo with image quality set at “low” (with texture manually set at its minimum level) and then with image quality set at “high” (with anti-aliasing manually set at 4x). Below you can see the results, given in frames per second. All video cards listed below were running with the default clock rates defined by the chip manufacturer except the cards marked with “OC”, which are cards that are factory-overclocked.

ATI Radeon Mid-Range

Battlefield 2142 1.01 - 1024x768 - low Score Difference
GeForce 8600 GTS 256 MB (MSI) 335.30 94.78%
GeForce 8600 GT 256 MB (MSI) 262.63 52.57%
Radeon X1650 XT 256 MB (HIS) OC 255.24 48.27%
GeForce 7600 GT 256 MB (XFX) 254.29 47.72%
Radeon X1650 XT 256 MB (HIS) 230.79 34.07%
Radeon X1300 XT 256 MB GDDR3 (HIS) OC 172.14  
Radeon X1650 Pro 256 MB (HIS) 171.15 0.58%
GeForce 7600 GS 256 MB (XFX) 164.71 4.51%
GeForce 6600 GT 128 MB (NVIDIA) 152.17 13.12%
Radeon X1300 XT 256 MB GDDR3 (HIS) 142.72 20.61%
GeForce 8500 GT 256 MB (MSI) 127.20 35.33%
GeForce 7300 GT 256 MB (Zogis) 124.62 38.13%
GeForce 6600 128 MB (Albatron) 87.63 96.44%
GeForce 6200 128-bit 128 MB (Leadtek) 62.96 173.41%

ATI Radeon Mid-Range

Battlefield 2142 1.01 - 1600x1200 - low Score Difference
GeForce 8600 GTS 256 MB (MSI) 171.89 115.27%
GeForce 7600 GT 256 MB (XFX) 132.60 66.06%
GeForce 8600 GT 256 MB (MSI) 131.81 65.07%
Radeon X1650 XT 256 MB (HIS) OC 127.06 59.12%
Radeon X1650 XT 256 MB (HIS) 117.01 46.54%
Radeon X1650 Pro 256 MB (HIS) 82.04 2.74%
Radeon X1300 XT 256 MB GDDR3 (HIS) OC 79.85  
GeForce 7600 GS 256 MB (XFX) 78.45 1.78%
GeForce 6600 GT 128 MB (NVIDIA) 75.60 5.62%
Radeon X1300 XT 256 MB GDDR3 (HIS) 68.07 17.31%
GeForce 8500 GT 256 MB (MSI) 64.47 23.86%
GeForce 7300 GT 256 MB (Zogis) 59.96 33.17%
GeForce 6600 128 MB (Albatron) 42.81 86.52%
GeForce 6200 128-bit 128 MB (Leadtek) 28.47 180.47%

ATI Radeon Mid-Range

Battlefield 2142 1.01 - 1024x768 - high Score Difference
GeForce 8600 GTS 256 MB (MSI) 86.49 97.78%
Radeon X1650 XT 256 MB (HIS) OC 72.85 66.59%
Radeon X1650 XT 256 MB (HIS) 70.57 61.38%
GeForce 8600 GT 256 MB (MSI) 69.90 59.84%
GeForce 7600 GT 256 MB (XFX) 63.95 46.24%
Radeon X1650 Pro 256 MB (HIS) 46.82 7.07%
Radeon X1300 XT 256 MB GDDR3 (HIS) OC 43.73  
Radeon X1300 XT 256 MB GDDR3 (HIS) 38.99 12.16%
GeForce 7600 GS 256 MB (XFX) 38.71 12.97%
GeForce 6600 GT 128 MB (NVIDIA) 36.30 20.47%
GeForce 8500 GT 256 MB (MSI) 34.52 26.68%
GeForce 7300 GT 256 MB (Zogis) 30.55 43.14%
GeForce 6600 128 MB (Albatron) 20.32 115.21%
GeForce 6200 128-bit 128 MB (Leadtek) 13.96 213.25%

ATI Radeon Mid-Range

Battlefield 2142 1.01 - 1600x1200 - high Score Difference
GeForce 8600 GTS 256 MB (MSI) 43.22 121.19%
Radeon X1650 XT 256 MB (HIS) OC 37.06 89.66%
Radeon X1650 XT 256 MB (HIS) 35.05 79.38%
GeForce 8600 GT 256 MB (MSI) 33.63 72.11%
GeForce 7600 GT 256 MB (XFX) 31.16 59.47%
Radeon X1650 Pro 256 MB (HIS) 19.85 1.59%
Radeon X1300 XT 256 MB GDDR3 (HIS) OC 19.54  
GeForce 7600 GS 256 MB (XFX) 17.94 8.92%
GeForce 8500 GT 256 MB (MSI) 16.95 15.28%
GeForce 6600 GT 128 MB (NVIDIA) 16.67 17.22%
Radeon X1300 XT 256 MB GDDR3 (HIS) 16.47 18.64%
GeForce 7300 GT 256 MB (Zogis) 13.98 39.77%
GeForce 6600 128 MB (Albatron) 9.38 108.32%
GeForce 6200 128-bit 128 MB (Leadtek) 6.49 201.08%

Conclusions

First of all, yes, we know we are delayed in posting this review. Radeon HD 2400 is around the corner and will replace this video card.

In our review we were able to compare the overclocked Radeon X1300 XT from HIS with a vast range of new and old mid-range PCI Express video cards, as you could see on our previous pages.

Officially costing around USD 100 in the USA, this video card competes in price with GeForce 8500 GT.

In our MSI GeForce 8500 GT review we came to the conclusion that even though Radeon X1300 XT does not feature a Shader 4.0 unified engine – i.e., not supporting DirectX 10 –it was a better buy than GeForce 8500 GT, being the product we recommend if you are looking for a video card on the USD 90-100 range.

This overclocked model from HIS is even better than GeForce 8500 GT. To begin with, it was between 10% and 22% faster than the standard Radeon X1300 XT based on GDDR3 memories, depending on the game and video configuration we used, and this overclocking really boosted the performance difference between the reviewed card and GeForce 8500 GT.

Radeon X1300 XT IceQ Turbo was between 11% and 64% faster than GeForce 8500 GT, depending on the game and video configuration we used, except on Quake 4, which continues to be NVIDIA’s territory (on Quake 4 both cards achieved similar results at 1024x768 with no image quality settings enabled and at 1600x1200 with image quality settings enabled, with the reviewed card being 4% faster at 1600x1200 and with GeForce 8500 GT being 9% faster at 1024x768 with image quality settings enable – in our benchmark this was the only test that GeForce 8500 GT was faster than the overclocked Radeon X1300 XT from HIS).

For the kind of user this video card is targeted – someone willing to spend only up to USD 100 on a video card – we think this overclocked Radeon X1300 XT with GDDR3 memories from HIS is the best buy.

But beware. We only recommend this video card if you can find it being sold up to USD 100. Above this price limit there are better options on the market, for example the Radeon X1650 Pro at the USD 120 price range and the GeForce 8600 GT at the USD 150 price range.

Also keep in mind that the majority of Radeon X1300 XT around are based on GDDR2 memories, not GDDR3, running at a lower clock rate.

Originally at http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/HIS-Overclocked-Radeon-X1300-XT-Review/456


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