Sapphire Radeon X1600 XT Ultimate Review
By Gabriel Torres on July 11, 2006


Introduction

Hardware Secrets Silver Award

Sapphire released a Radeon X1600 XT model using a silent cooling solution. As you know, Radeon X1600 XT is the top mid-range chip from ATI. In this review we will compare its performance to other members of the Radeon X1000 series, to previous ATI chips and also with competing products from NVIDIA. Let’s take a look at how was the performance of this special model from Sapphire.

Sapphire Radeon X1600 XT Ultimate
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Figure 1: Sapphire Radeon X1600 XT Ultimate.

Radeon X1600 XT runs officially at 590 MHz and accesses its memory at 1.38 GHz (22.08 GB/s), 128 bits per clock cycle. This model from Sapphire runs at the standard clock rates. If you want to learn more about ATI’s Radeon X1000 series and its difference from previous ATI products, read our article on this subject.
 
You can see in our tutorial “ATI Chips Comparison Table” the difference between Radeon X1600 XT and the other chips from ATI, while on our tutorial “NVIDIA Chips Comparison Table” you can compare it to its competitors from NVIDIA.

On Figures 2 and 3 you can see Sapphire Radeon X1600 XT Ultimate.

Sapphire Radeon X1600 XT Ultimate
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Figure 2: Sapphire Radeon X1600 XT Ultimate.

Sapphire Radeon X1600 XT Ultimate
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Figure 3: Sapphire Radeon X1600 XT Ultimate, back view.

Radeon X1600 XT Ultimate from Sapphire

As you may notice from the previous pictures, the silent cooling solution from Sapphire uses two all-aluminum big heatsinks with two aluminum heatpipes connecting them together, with a big fan on the back heatsink. We disassembled this exotic cooler to take a look, see Figure 4. As you can see, no copper is used. On the other hand, the front heatsink touches the memory chips, cooling them down.

Sapphire Radeon X1600 XT Ultimate
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Figure 4: Cooler disassembled.

In Figure 5, you can see this video card without its cooler.

Sapphire Radeon X1600 XT Ultimate
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Figure 5: The reviewed card without its cooler.

This video card has four GDDR2 512-Mbit 1.4 ns chips from Samsung (K4J52324QC-BC14), making its 256 MB video memory (512 Mbits x 4 = 256 MB). These chips can run up to 1.4 GHz. Since this video card accesses the memory at 1.38 GHz, there is no room if you wish to overclock its memory inside its specs.

In Figure 6, you can see Radeon X1600 XT chip. As you can see, it is called internally RV530 XT by ATI.

Sapphire Radeon X1600 XT Ultimate
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Figure 6: Radeon X1600 XT chip.

Main Specifications

How We Tested

During our benchmarking sessions, we used the configuration listed below. Between our benchmarking sessions the only variable 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.

3DMark2001 SE

3DMark2001 SE measures video card performance simulating DirectX 8.1 games. It is very effective software for evaluating the performance from previous-generation games, programmed using DirectX 8. In this software we run six tests. We run the software in three resolutions, 1024x768x32, 1280x1024x32 and 1600x1200x32, first without antialising and with no frame buffer, then we put the antialising at 4 samples and the frame buffer at triple-buffering. This improves the video quality but lowers the performance. We were willing to see how much performance we lost by putting the VGA to run at the maximum possible image quality. It is important to note that ATI chips can run at 6x antialising. Since NVIDIA chips cannot run at this configuration, we had to use 4x antialising to use a configuration that is valid to all video cards included in our bechmarks, allowing direct comparison between them.

You may be asking yourself why we added an old program in a review of a latest generation video card. To us, it is as important to know the performance of a video card with the latest games as it is to know its performance in an older game. That’s why we kept this software in our methodology.

The results you check below. Radeon X1600 Pro Turbo from HIS is factory-overclocked, running at 587 MHz and accessing its memory at 1.38 GHz, while the standard Radeon X1600 Pro runs at 500 MHz and accesses its memory at 780 MHz.

Radeon X1600

3DMark2001 SE - 1024x768 Score Difference
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 23,004 17.25
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 22,967 17.06
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 22,731 15.86
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 22,720 15.80
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 21,858 11.41
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 21,510 9.63
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 21,487 9.52
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 21,433 9.24
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 21,043 7.25
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 20,299 3.46
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 20,084 2.36
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 20,072 2.30
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 19,865 1.25
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 19,864 1.24
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 19,797 0.90
Radeon X1600 XT (Sapphire) 19,620  
Radeon X1600 Pro Turbo (HIS) 19,082 2.82
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 18,630 5.31
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 17,881 9.73
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 17,412 12.68
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 16,840 16.51
Radeon X1600 Pro 512 MB (PowerColor) 16,780 16.92
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 14,453 35.75
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 14,132 38.83
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 12,545 56.40

Radeon X1600

3DMark2001 SE - 1280x1024 Score Difference
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 21,449 26.26
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 21,038 23.84
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 20,882 22.92
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 20,868 22.84
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 20,096 18.30
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 19,924 17.28
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 19,768 16.36
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 19,755 16.29
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 19,465 14.58
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 18,436 8.52
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 18,307 7.76
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 18,228 7.30
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 18,084 6.45
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 17,658 3.94
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 17,005 0.10
Radeon X1600 XT (Sapphire) 16,988  
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 16,750 1.42
Radeon X1600 Pro Turbo (HIS) 16,588 2.41
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 15,721 8.06
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 15,464 9.86
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 14,854 14.37
Radeon X1600 Pro 512 MB (PowerColor) 13,370 27.06
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 11,403 48.98
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 11,274 50.68
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 9,472 79.35

Radeon X1600

3DMark2001 SE - 1600x1200 Score Difference
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 20,369 42.46
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 19,986 39.78
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 19,868 38.96
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 19,382 35.56
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 18,988 32.80
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 18,793 31.44
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 18,749 31.13
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 18,390 28.62
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 18,140 26.87
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 16,784 17.39
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 16,649 16.44
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 16,590 16.03
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 16,483 15.28
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 15,524 8.57
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 15,498 8.39
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 14,481 1.28
Radeon X1600 XT (Sapphire) 14,298  
Radeon X1600 Pro Turbo (HIS) 13,850 3.23
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 13,694 4.41
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 12,938 10.51
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 12,741 12.22
Radeon X1600 Pro 512 MB (PowerColor) 10,534 35.73
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 9,059 57.83
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 8,129 75.89
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 6,729 112.48

Radeon X1600

3DMark2001 SE - 1024x768 AAx4, FBx3 Score Difference
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 21,028 25.06
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 20,783 23.61
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 20,451 21.63
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 20,403 21.35
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 19,671 16.99
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 19,321 14.91
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 19,208 14.24
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 19,103 13.61
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 18,336 9.05
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 17,187 2.22
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 16,979 0.98
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 16,856 0.25
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 16,834 0.12
Radeon X1600 XT (Sapphire) 16,814  
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 16,775 0.23
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 16,529 1.72
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 16,408 2.47
Radeon X1600 Pro Turbo (HIS) 15,964 5.32
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 15,745 6.79
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 15,021 11.94
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 13,635 23.31
Radeon X1600 Pro 512 MB (PowerColor) 12,084 39.14
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 9,718 73.02
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 8,928 88.33
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 8,210 104.80

Radeon X1600

3DMark2001 SE - 1280x1024 AAx4, FBx3 Score Difference
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 19,440 38.25
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 19,354 37.64
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 18,778 33.55
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 18,447 31.19
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 18,029 28.22
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 17,682 25.75
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 17,142 21.91
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 17,120 21.76
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 16,302 15.94
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 16,056 14.19
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 15,117 7.51
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 15,080 7.25
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 14,294 1.66
Radeon X1600 XT (Sapphire) 14,061  
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 13,833 1.65
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 13,655 2.97
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 13,652 3.00
Radeon X1600 Pro Turbo (HIS) 13,077 7.52
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 12,892 9.07
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 12,364 13.73
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 10,487 34.08
Radeon X1600 Pro 512 MB (PowerColor) 8,756 60.59
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 6,915 103.34
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 6,049 132.45
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 5,755 144.33

Radeon X1600

3DMark2001 SE - 1600x1200 AAx4, FBx3 Score Difference
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 18,424 116.32
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 18,090 112.40
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 17,322 103.38
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 16,299 91.37
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 16,213 90.36
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 15,920 86.92
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 15,734 84.74
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 15,503 82.02
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 15,362 80.37
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 14,418 69.28
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 11,829 38.89
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 11,663 36.94
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 11,127 30.64
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 10,659 25.15
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 9,891 16.13
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 9,455 11.01
Radeon X1600 XT (Sapphire) 8,517  
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 8,429 1.04
Radeon X1600 Pro Turbo (HIS) 7,781 9.46
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 6,620 28.66
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 5,625 51.41
Radeon X1600 Pro 512 MB (PowerColor) 4,949 72.10
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 3,558 139.38
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 3,205 165.74
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 2,606 226.82

3DMark03

3DMark03 measures performance by simulating games written to DirectX 9, which are contemporary games. We run this program in three resolutions, 1024x768x32, 1280x1024x32 and 1600x1200x32, first without antialising and anisotropic filtering, and then configuring antialising at 4x and anisotropic filtering also at 4x. This improves the video quality but lowers the performance. We were willing to see how much performance we lost by putting the VGA to run at the maximum possible image quality. It is important to note that ATI chips can run at 6x antialising. Since NVIDIA chips cannot run at this configuration, we had to use 4x antialising to use a configuration that is valid to all video cards included in our bechmarks, allowing direct comparison between them.

The results you check below. Radeon X1600 Pro Turbo from HIS is factory-overclocked, running at 587 MHz and accessing its memory at 1.38 GHz, while the standard Radeon X1600 Pro runs at 500 MHz and accesses its memory at 780 MHz.

Radeon X1600

3DMark03 - 1024x768 Score Difference
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 24,670 165.47
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 18,465 98.70
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 16,544 78.03
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 15,631 68.20
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 15,375 65.45
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 15,004 61.45
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 13,760 48.07
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 13,630 46.67
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 13,144 41.44
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 12,782 37.54
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 12,111 30.32
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 11,285 21.44
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 11,223 20.77
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 9,563 2.91
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 9,352 0.63
Radeon X1600 XT (Sapphire) 9,293  
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 9,134 1.74
Radeon X1600 Pro Turbo (HIS) 8,851 4.99
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 8,213 13.15
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 8,056 15.36
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 7,295 27.39
Radeon X1600 Pro 512 MB (PowerColor) 7,087 31.13
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 4,847 91.73
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 4,128 125.12
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 3,468 167.96

Radeon X1600

3DMark03 - 1280x1024 Score Difference
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 21,038 205.70
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 15,394 123.68
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 13,888 101.80
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 13,045 89.55
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 12,578 82.77
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 12,239 77.84
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 11,119 61.57
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 10,997 59.79
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 10,671 55.06
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 10,314 49.87
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 9,529 38.46
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 8,836 28.39
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 8,784 27.64
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 7,472 8.57
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 7,039 2.28
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 6,943 0.89
Radeon X1600 XT (Sapphire) 6,882  
Radeon X1600 Pro Turbo (HIS) 6,609 4.13
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 6,277 9.64
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 6,041 13.92
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 5,351 28.61
Radeon X1600 Pro 512 MB (PowerColor) 5,023 37.01
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 3,538 94.52
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 2,990 130.17
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 2,507 174.51

Radeon X1600

3DMark03 - 1600x1200 Score Difference
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 18,152 244.90
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 14,090 167.72
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 11,680 121.93
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 10,751 104.28
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 10,445 98.46
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 10,127 92.42
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 9,822 86.62
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 9,100 72.91
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 8,743 66.12
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 8,411 59.81
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 7,701 46.32
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 7,144 35.74
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 7,035 33.67
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 5,940 12.86
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 5,295 0.61
Radeon X1600 XT (Sapphire) 5,263  
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 5,220 0.82
Radeon X1600 Pro Turbo (HIS) 5,043 4.36
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 4,930 6.75
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 4,640 13.43
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 3,938 33.65
Radeon X1600 Pro 512 MB (PowerColor) 3,764 39.82
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 2,678 96.53
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 2,131 146.97
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 1,797 192.88

Radeon X1600

3DMark03 - 1024x768 AAx4, Anisox4 Score Difference
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 17,431 231.70
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 12,560 139.01
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 11,576 120.29
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 10,989 109.12
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 10,275 95.53
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 9,929 88.94
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 9,325 77.45
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 8,999 71.25
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 8,834 68.11
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 8,108 54.29
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 7,330 39.49
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 6,919 31.67
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 6,841 30.18
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 5,437 3.46
Radeon X1600 XT (Sapphire) 5,255  
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 4,978 5.56
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 4,693 11.98
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 4,405 19.30
Radeon X1600 Pro Turbo (HIS) 4,333 21.28
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 4,177 25.81
Radeon X1600 Pro 512 MB (PowerColor) 3,516 49.46
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 3,411 54.06
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 2,378 120.98
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 1,966 167.29
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 1,674 213.92

Radeon X1600

3DMark03 - 1280x1024 AAx4, Anisox4 Score Difference
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 14,067 262.18
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 9,997 157.39
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 9,467 143.74
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 9,050 133.01
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 7,980 105.46
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 7,733 99.10
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 7,249 86.64
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 6,979 79.69
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 6,841 76.13
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 6,278 61.64
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 5,324 37.08
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 5,172 33.16
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 5,025 29.38
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 3,962 2.01
Radeon X1600 XT (Sapphire) 3,884  
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 3,747 3.66
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 3,475 11.77
Radeon X1600 Pro Turbo (HIS) 3,256 19.29
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 3,116 24.65
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 2,547 52.49
Radeon X1600 Pro 512 MB (PowerColor) 2,478 56.74
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 2,454 58.27
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 1,497 159.45
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 1,351 187.49
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 1,212 220.46

Radeon X1600

3DMark03 - 1600x1200 AAx4, Anisox4 Score Difference
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 11,629 325.04
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 8,168 198.54
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 7,852 186.99
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 7,364 169.15
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 6,317 130.88
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 6,148 124.71
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 5,873 114.66
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 5,807 112.24
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 5,614 105.19
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 5,024 83.63
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 4,530 65.57
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 4,018 46.86
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 3,861 41.12
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 3,091 12.98
Radeon X1600 XT (Sapphire) 2,736  
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 2,656 3.01
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 2,563 6.75
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 2,377 15.10
Radeon X1600 Pro Turbo (HIS) 2,147 27.43
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 1,805 51.58
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 1,717 59.35
Radeon X1600 Pro 512 MB (PowerColor) 1,653 65.52
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 1,027 166.41
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 732 273.77
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 684 300.00

3DMark05

3DMark05 measures performance by simulating DirectX 9.0c games, i.e., using the new Shader 3.0 model. This programming model is used by Far Cry game and other games to be launched in the future. This new programming model is used by GeForce 6 and 7 series from NVIDIA and Radeon X1000 series from ATI.

We run this program in three resolutions, 1024x768x32, 1280x1024x32 and 1600x1200x32, first without antialising and anisotropic filtering, and then configuring antialising at 4x and anisotropic filtering also at 4x. This improves the video quality but lowers the performance. We were willing to see how much performance we lost by putting the VGA to run at the maximum possible image quality. It is important to note that ATI chips can run at 6x antialising. Since NVIDIA chips cannot run at this configuration, we had to use 4x antialising to use a configuration that is valid to all video cards included in our benchmark, allowing direct comparison between them.

The results you check below. Radeon X1600 Pro Turbo from HIS is factory-overclocked, running at 587 MHz and accessing its memory at 1.38 GHz, while the standard Radeon X1600 Pro runs at 500 MHz and accesses its memory at 780 MHz.

Radeon X1600
3DMark05 - 1024x768 Score Difference
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 8,096 54.30
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 7,370 40.46
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 7,342 39.93
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 7,222 37.64
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 6,982 33.07
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 6,863 30.80
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 6,789 29.39
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 6,471 23.33
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 6,343 20.89
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 5,732 9.24
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 5,594 6.61
Radeon X1600 XT (Sapphire) 5,247  
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 4,991 5.13
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 4,941 6.19
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 4,537 15.65
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 4,301 21.99
Radeon X1600 Pro Turbo (HIS) 4,238 23.81
Radeon X1600 Pro 512 MB (PowerColor) 4,082 28.54
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 3,993 31.40
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 3,675 42.78
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 2,886 81.81
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 2,872 82.69
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 1,701 208.47
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 1,433 266.15
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 1,365 284.40
Radeon X1600
3DMark05 - 1280x1024 Score Difference
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 7,804 80.86
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 6,962 61.34
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 6,761 56.69
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 6,699 55.25
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 6,534 51.43
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 6,208 43.87
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 6,067 40.60
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 5,554 28.71
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 5,504 27.56
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 4,780 10.78
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 4,740 9.85
Radeon X1600 XT (Sapphire) 4,315  
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 4,130 4.48
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 4,085 5.63
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 3,745 15.22
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 3,479 24.03
Radeon X1600 Pro 512 MB (PowerColor) 3,381 27.62
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 3,192 35.18
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 3,093 39.51
Radeon X1600 Pro Turbo (HIS) 3,074 40.37
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 2,253 91.52
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 1,957 120.49
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 1,259 242.73
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 1,040 314.90
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 992 334.98
Radeon X1600
3DMark05 - 1600x1200 Score Difference
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 7,598 121.52
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 6,559 91.22
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 6,513 89.88
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 6,220 81.34
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 5,862 70.90
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 5,524 61.05
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 5,371 56.59
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 4,786 39.53
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 4,785 39.50
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 4,096 19.42
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 3,931 14.61
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 3,455 0.73
Radeon X1600 XT (Sapphire) 3,430  
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 3,376 1.60
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 3,091 10.97
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 2,856 20.10
Radeon X1600 Pro 512 MB (PowerColor) 2,702 26.94
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 2,608 31.52
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 2,430 41.15
Radeon X1600 Pro Turbo (HIS) 2,062 66.34
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 1,789 91.73
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 1,264 171.36
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 944 263.35
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 814 321.38
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 708 384.46
Radeon X1600
3DMark05 - 1024x768 AAx4, Anisox4 Score Difference
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 7,735 80.51
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 6,893 60.86
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 6,788 58.41
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 6,717 56.76
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 6,656 55.33
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 6,123 42.89
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 6,052 41.24
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 5,874 37.08
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 5,559 29.73
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 4,971 16.01
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 4,634 8.14
Radeon X1600 XT (Sapphire) 4,285  
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 4,108 4.31
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 4,072 5.23
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 3,700 15.81
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 3,655 17.24
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 3,523 21.63
Radeon X1600 Pro 512 MB (PowerColor) 3,214 33.32
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 2,881 48.73
Radeon X1600 Pro Turbo (HIS) 2,460 74.19
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 2,232 91.98
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 1,287 232.94
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 1,038 312.81
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 935 358.29
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 903 374.53
Radeon X1600
3DMark05 - 1280x1024 AAx4, Anisox4 Score Difference
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 7,485 115.33
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 6,571 89.04
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 6,325 81.96
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 6,040 73.76
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 5,955 71.32
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 5,277 51.81
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 5,186 49.19
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 4,915 41.40
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 4,664 34.18
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 4,028 15.88
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 3,738 7.54
Radeon X1600 XT (Sapphire) 3,476  
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 3,295 5.49
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 3,286 5.78
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 2,969 17.08
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 2,891 20.24
Radeon X1600 Pro 512 MB (PowerColor) 2,571 35.20
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 2,510 38.49
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 2,232 55.73
Radeon X1600 Pro Turbo (HIS) 1,796 93.54
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 1,722 101.86
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 803 332.88
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 581 498.28
Radeon X1600
3DMark05 - 1600x1200 AAx4, Anisox4 Score Difference
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 7,209 167.89
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 6,253 132.37
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 5,668 110.63
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 5,288 96.51
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 5,285 96.40
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 4,205 56.26
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 4,168 54.89
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 3,776 40.32
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 3,746 39.20
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 3,325 23.56
Radeon X1600 XT (Sapphire) 2,691  
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 2,644 1.78
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 2,553 5.41
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 2,365 13.78
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 2,235 20.40
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 2,233 20.51
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 1,948 38.14
Radeon X1600 Pro 512 MB (PowerColor) 1,931 39.36
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 1,552 73.39
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 1,374 95.85
Radeon X1600 Pro Turbo (HIS) 988 172.37
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 589 356.88
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 341 689.15

Doom 3

Doom 3 is one of the heaviest games available today. As we’ve done on other programs, we ran this game at three resolutions: 1024x768x32, 1280x1024x32 and 1600x1200x32. This game allows several image quality levels and we’ve done our benchmarking on two levels, low and high. We ran demo1 four times and wrote the obtained number of frames per second. The first result we discarded at once, since it is far inferior than the other results. This happens because at the first time we run the demo the game must load all textures to video memory, fact that doesn’t happen from the second time we run the demo on. From the three results left, we consider as our official result the middle result, i.e., we discard the highest and the lowest values. Curiously almost all times the values obtained at the second round on were the same.

A very important detail that we must mention is that Doom 3 has an internal FPS lock: it is only capable of generating 60 frames per second, even if your board is able to produce more frames per second than that. This is done in order to make the game to have the same "playability" sensation independently from the video card installed on the PC. This lock, however, is disabled in the game benchmarking mode.

For further details on how to measure 3D performance with Doom 3, read our tutorial on this subject.

The results you check below. Radeon X1600 Pro Turbo from HIS is factory-overclocked, running at 587 MHz and accessing its memory at 1.38 GHz, while the standard Radeon X1600 Pro runs at 500 MHz and accesses its memory at 780 MHz.

Radeon X1600
Doom 3 - 1024x768 Low Score Difference
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 96.7 36.20
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 95.9 35.07
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 95.1 33.94
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 94.7 33.38
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 94.5 33.10
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 94.1 32.54
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 94.1 32.54
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 93.4 31.55
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 92.2 29.86
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 92.1 29.72
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 91.4 28.73
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 84.5 19.01
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 82.7 16.48
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 79.5 11.97
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 77.1 8.59
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 75.9 6.90
Radeon X1600 XT (Sapphire) 71.0  
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 69.7 1.9
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 66.6 6.6
Radeon X1600 Pro Turbo (HIS) 63.6 11.6
Radeon X1600 Pro 512 MB (PowerColor) 58.7 21.0
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 55.6 27.7
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 54.1 31.2
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 30.9 129.8
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 25.2 181.7
Radeon X1600
Doom 3 - 1280x1024 Low Score Difference
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 94.9 95.67
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 93.9 93.61
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 91.6 88.87
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 91.4 88.45
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 91.4 88.45
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 90.4 86.39
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 87.5 80.41
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 85.3 75.88
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 82.2 69.48
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 80.8 66.60
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 77.5 59.79
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 76.6 57.94
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 75.8 56.29
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 61.5 26.80
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 59.9 23.51
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 55.1 13.61
Radeon X1600 XT (Sapphire) 48.5  
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 46.8 3.6
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 44.7 8.5
Radeon X1600 Pro Turbo (HIS) 43.9 10.5
Radeon X1600 Pro 512 MB (PowerColor) 38.6 25.6
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 37.3 30.0
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 36.6 32.5
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 19.6 147.4
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 16.0 203.1
Radeon X1600
Doom 3 - 1600x1200 Low Score Difference
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 92.0 161.36
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 91.6 160.23
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 86.6 146.02
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 83.4 136.93
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 80.8 129.55
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 77.5 120.17
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 76.2 116.48
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 70.9 101.42
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 69.1 96.31
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 64.4 82.95
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 63.4 80.11
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 63.1 79.26
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 62.4 77.27
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 46.2 31.25
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 45.9 30.40
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 38.9 10.51
Radeon X1600 XT (Sapphire) 35.2  
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 31.7 11.04
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 31.5 11.75
Radeon X1600 Pro Turbo (HIS) 31.3 12.46
Radeon X1600 Pro 512 MB (PowerColor) 27.6 27.54
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 26.5 32.83
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 25.5 38.04
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 13.1 168.70
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 10.6 232.08
Radeon X1600
Doom 3 - 1024x768 High Score Difference
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 95.3 45.72
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 94.8 44.95
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 94.6 44.65
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 94.4 44.34
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 93.6 43.12
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 92.3 41.13
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 92.2 40.98
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 91.8 40.37
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 91.7 40.21
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 90.9 38.99
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 88.8 35.78
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 83.6 27.83
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 81.7 24.92
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 76.5 16.97
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 73.8 12.84
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 70.8 8.26
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 65.5 0.15
Radeon X1600 XT (Sapphire) 65.4  
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 61.0 7.21
Radeon X1600 Pro Turbo (HIS) 58.6 11.60
Radeon X1600 Pro 512 MB (PowerColor) 53.0 23.40
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 50.4 29.76
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 48.7 34.29
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 27.8 135.25
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 22.9 185.59
Radeon X1600
Doom 3 - 1280x1024 High Score Difference
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 94.9 107.21
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 94.8 106.99
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 91.3 99.34
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 91.2 99.13
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 90.2 96.94
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 88.7 93.67
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 86.7 89.30
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 82.4 79.91
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 80.9 76.64
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 78.2 70.74
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 74.4 62.45
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 73.9 61.35
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 72.4 58.08
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 58.5 27.73
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 55.5 21.18
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 52.6 14.85
Radeon X1600 XT (Sapphire) 45.8  
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 44.4 3.15
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 41.7 9.83
Radeon X1600 Pro Turbo (HIS) 40.3 13.65
Radeon X1600 Pro 512 MB (PowerColor) 35.7 28.29
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 34.4 33.14
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 33.4 37.13
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 18.4 148.91
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 15.0 205.33
Radeon X1600
Doom 3 - 1600x1200 High Score Difference
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 91.5 171.51
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 91.4 171.22
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 88.4 162.31
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 82.2 143.92
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 79.9 137.09
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 75.8 124.93
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 75.2 123.15
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 68.5 103.26
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 67.8 101.19
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 61.4 82.20
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 61.1 81.31
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 60.6 79.82
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 60.3 78.93
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 44.2 31.16
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 43.4 28.78
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 37.7 11.87
Radeon X1600 XT (Sapphire) 33.7  
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 30.5 10.49
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 30.4 10.86
Radeon X1600 Pro Turbo (HIS) 29.9 12.71
Radeon X1600 Pro 512 MB (PowerColor) 26.2 28.63
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 25.0 34.80
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 24.1 39.83
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 11.6 190.52
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 10.3 227.18

Far Cry

Far Cry is a game based on the new Shader 3.0 (DirectX 9.0c) programming model available on series 6 and 7 from NVIDIA and series X1000 from ATI graphics chips. We’ve updated the game to version 1.3.
 
As we’ve done on other programs, we ran this game at three resolutions, 1024x768x32, 1280x1024x32 and 1600x1200x32. This game allows several image quality levels and we’ve done our benchmarking on two levels, low and very high. To measure the performance we used the demo created by German magazine PC Games Hardware (PCGH), available at http://www.3dcenter.org/downloads/farcry-pcgh-vga.php. We run this demo four times and made an arithmetical average with the results. This average is the result presented in our graphs.

This game has a very important detail in its image quality configuration. Antialising, instead of being configured by numbers (1x, 2x, 4x or 6x) is configured as low, medium or high. The problem is that on NVIDIA chips both medium and high mean 4x, while on ATI chips medium means 2x and high means 6x, making the comparison between ATI and NVIDIA chips completely unfair. Because of that we configured antialising at 4x and anisotropic filtering at 8x manually at the video driver control panel.

For further details on how to measure 3D performance with Far Cry, read our tutorial on this subject.

The results you check below. Radeon X1600 Pro Turbo from HIS is factory-overclocked, running at 587 MHz and accessing its memory at 1.38 GHz, while the standard Radeon X1600 Pro runs at 500 MHz and accesses its memory at 780 MHz.

Radeon X1600
Far Cry - 1024x768 Low Score Difference
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 148.26 0.62
Radeon X1600 XT (Sapphire) 147.34  
Radeon X1600 Pro 512 MB (PowerColor) 147.17 0.12
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 145.56 1.22
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 145.51 1.26
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 145.42 1.32
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 145.16 1.50
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 144.93 1.66
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 144.54 1.94
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 144.44 2.01
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 144.02 2.31
Radeon X1600 Pro Turbo (HIS) 141.07 4.44
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 136.68 7.80
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 136.43 8.00
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 135.74 8.55
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 135.67 8.60
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 135.44 8.79
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 134.94 9.19
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 134.93 9.20
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 132.76 10.98
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 131.48 12.06
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 130.43 12.96
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 123.60 19.21
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 120.56 22.21
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 112.52 30.95
Radeon X1600
Far Cry - 1280x1024 Low Score Difference
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 145.00 0.53
Radeon X1600 XT (Sapphire) 144.24  
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 143.19 0.73
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 142.98 0.88
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 142.41 1.29
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 141.73 1.77
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 140.71 2.51
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 140.49 2.67
Radeon X1600 Pro Turbo (HIS) 138.64 4.04
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 138.43 4.20
Radeon X1600 Pro 512 MB (PowerColor) 134.84 6.97
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 133.27 8.23
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 133.24 8.26
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 133.09 8.38
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 132.52 8.84
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 132.32 9.01
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 131.86 9.39
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 131.78 9.46
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 131.03 10.08
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 127.99 12.70
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 127.71 12.94
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 127.24 13.36
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 89.16 61.78
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 87.83 64.23
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 72.96 97.70
Radeon X1600
Far Cry - 1600x1200 Low Score Difference
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 145.81 10.06
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 143.59 8.39
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 142.30 7.41
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 141.82 7.05
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 139.29 5.14
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 134.03 1.17
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 133.96 1.12
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 133.93 1.09
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 133.59 0.84
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 133.18 0.53
Radeon X1600 XT (Sapphire) 132.48  
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 132.30 0.14
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 130.85 1.25
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 128.38 3.19
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 128.32 3.24
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 127.64 3.79
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 121.01 9.48
Radeon X1600 Pro Turbo (HIS) 118.53 11.77
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 109.30 21.21
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 108.98 21.56
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 105.22 25.91
Radeon X1600 Pro 512 MB (PowerColor) 97.69 35.61
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 63.37 109.06
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 59.82 121.46
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 48.85 171.20
Radeon X1600
Far Cry - 1024x768 Very High Score Difference
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 78.79 58.40
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 76.61 54.02
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 76.55 53.90
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 76.18 53.16
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 75.82 52.43
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 75.38 51.55
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 75.35 51.49
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 74.65 50.08
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 73.03 46.82
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 72.70 46.16
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 70.72 42.18
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 69.40 39.53
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 67.93 36.57
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 63.05 26.76
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 54.82 10.21
Radeon X1600 XT (Sapphire) 49.74  
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 48.28 3.02
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 47.91 3.82
Radeon X1600 Pro Turbo (HIS) 43.82 13.51
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 40.72 22.15
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 38.28 29.94
Radeon X1600 Pro 512 MB (PowerColor) 37.72 31.87
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 23.67 110.14
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 20.41 143.70
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 18.74 165.42
Radeon X1600
Far Cry - 1280x1024 Very High Score Difference
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 75.28 108.36
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 73.31 102.91
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 71.77 98.64
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 71.17 96.98
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 71.13 96.87
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 71.03 96.60
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 70.00 93.74
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 68.59 89.84
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 67.93 88.02
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 67.09 85.69
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 53.88 49.13
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 53.81 48.93
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 51.53 42.62
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 45.80 26.76
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 38.43 6.37
Radeon X1600 XT (Sapphire) 36.13  
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 35.59 1.52
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 31.41 15.03
Radeon X1600 Pro Turbo (HIS) 30.54 18.30
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 28.20 28.12
Radeon X1600 Pro 512 MB (PowerColor) 26.14 38.22
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 25.82 39.93
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 15.07 139.75
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 14.15 155.34
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 13.62 165.27
Radeon X1600
Far Cry - 1600x1200 Very High Score Difference
Radeon X1800 XT (ATI) 71.88 188.56
GeForce 7950 GX2 (NVIDIA) 71.70 187.84
GeForce 7900 GTX (NVIDIA) 71.57 187.31
Radeon X1900 XTX (ATI) 68.62 175.47
Radeon X1900 GT (Connect3D) 60.12 141.35
GeForce 7900 GT (NVIDIA) 59.50 138.86
Radeon X1800 XL (ATI) 59.36 138.30
GeForce 7800 GTX (MSI) 58.10 133.24
Radeon X850 XT P.E. (ATI) 54.23 117.70
GeForce 7800 GT (NVIDIA) 52.35 110.16
GeForce 6800 GS (NVIDIA) 39.93 60.30
GeForce 7600 GT (NVIDIA) 39.62 59.05
GeForce 6800 GT (NVIDIA) 34.29 37.66
Radeon X800 GTO (HIS) 34.06 36.73
Radeon X800 GT (HIS) 27.74 11.36
Radeon X1600 XT (Sapphire) 24.91  
Radeon X1600 XT (ATI) 24.51 1.63
GeForce 7600 GS (NVIDIA) 22.78 9.35
Radeon X1600 Pro Turbo (HIS) 20.96 18.85
Radeon X700 Pro (Sapphire) 20.01 24.49
GeForce 6600 GT (XFX) 19.53 27.55
Radeon X1600 Pro 512 MB (PowerColor) 17.00 46.53
GeForce 6600 (Albatron) 11.28 120.83
Radeon X600 Pro (Sapphire) 8.04 209.83
Radeon X600 XT (ATI) 7.01 255.35

Conclusions

We have published two other Radeon X1600 XT reviews, one of the ATI reference model and another from HIS. On both reviews we didn’t like Radeon X1600 XT, as it was too expensive for the performance it delivers. Radeon X1600 XT could be (and still is) found between USD 167 and USD 200.

This special model from Sapphire, however, can be found at USD 140 at Newegg, just 10 bucks more than the standard Radeon X1600 XT from the same manufacturer, a lot cheaper than models from other companies. ASUS carries a model also with silent cooling, quoted at USD 161 on the same on-line store.

With this price, it is just a little bit more expensive than GeForce 7600 GS (a model from MSI is quoted between USD 117 and USD 136 at Shopping.com), but it is far better than this NVIDIA chip except on Doom 3.

Sapphire Radeon X1600 XT Ultimate was between 10% and 25% faster than GeForce 7600 GS on 3DMark03, between 31% and 73% faster on 3DMark05 and up to 22% faster on Far Cry. On Doom 3, however, GeForce 7600 GS was between 12% and 31% faster.

GeForce 7600 GT provides a far better performance than GeForce 7600 GS and is faster than Radeon 1600 XT (except on Far Cry with no image quality enhancements enabled): it was between 30% and 66% faster than the reviewed VGA on 3DMark03, between 5% and 19% faster on 3DMark05, between 31% and 101% faster on Doom 3 and between 46% and 59% on Far Cry with image quality settings enabled.

Oh yes, GeForce 7600 GT is more expensive and, generally speaking, is a far better product than Radeon X1600 XT. But then comes pricing, and this model from Sapphire is quoted exactly between GeForce 7600 GS and GeForce 7600 GT.

So, here are our conclusions: if you are thinking on buying a GeForce 7600 GS, consider this model from Sapphire – but there are two “ifs”. First, we think USD 140 is a great price for this card, and it is only worthwhile if you find it costing around this value. You will pay just a little bit more and will carry home a VGA with better performance – if (and here is our second if) you don’t run Doom 3 or any games based on the same engine, like Quake 4.

But if you have more than USD 140 to spend on a video card, go for a GeForce 7600 GT, as it smashes Radeon X1600 XT, especially on Doom 3 (it achieves the double of Radeon X1600 XT performance at 1600x1200).

Bottom line: this is a terrific card if you can buy it around USD 140 and you don’t play Doom 3 or Quake 4.

We are giving this card our “Silver Award” (our Golden Award goes to GeForce 7600 GT), but keep in mind these “ifs” when thinking about it.

Originally at http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Sapphire-Radeon-X1600-XT-Ultimate-Review/355


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