Along with the TV and multimedia features, the ATI All-in-Wonder Radeon X800 XT 256-MB is also a very fast gaming card, and its performance is a very important piece of the overall pie. It not only goes up against other cards in terms of A/V features, but needs to perform like a 3D enthusiast card as well. For this review, we'll be matching it up against a standard Radeon X800 XT 256-MB card, as well as Radeon X800 XT Platinum 256-MB, GeForce 6800 GT 256-MB, and GeForce 6800 Ultra 256-MB cards.
We also need a high-end system configuration, and as the All-in-Wonder Radeon X800 XT 256-MB is an AGP model, we're using an Athlon 64 4000+ coupled with a NVIDIA nForce3 Ultra motherboard and 2x512-MB of OCZ PC4200 EL memory. This is a serious performance base for high-end video card comparisons, and insures that the reference system will not hold back our selection of enthusiast-level video cards. Our operating system is Windows XP Pro SP2 with DirectX 9c, and all video cards have been tested with AGP 8X enabled and 256-MB AGP memory allocated.
Our game benchmark selection includes the standard game tests such as 3DMark 2005, Half-Life 2, DOOM 3, FarCry, UT 2004, UT 2003, and Quake 3: Arena. All testing has been performed using standard 1280x1024 and 1600x1200 32-bit settings, along with high-end 4X anti-aliasing and 8X anisotropic filtering results as well. The 4X AA and 8X AF settings are representative of the detail settings many enthusiasts use for their high-end 3D gaming.
The following gaming benchmark results will really serve two distinct goals. The first being, to make sure the ATI AiW Radeon X800 XT 256-MB measures up performance-wise against a standard Radeon X800 XT board, and secondly, to compare relative ATI-NVIDIA video card and driver performance at this class and price.
* Please note that unless otherwise stated, all performance graph results equate to the standard "higher is better" format.