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ATI All-in-Wonder Radeon X800 XT Review

By Vince Freeman :  July 29, 2005

DOOM 3 Performance

DOOM 3 is a game that needs no introduction, and continues in a long line of id Software Quake and DOOM first-person shooters. This latest installment is one serious 3D game test, including potentially the highest-end graphics yet seen on the PC. It is also a different type of game benchmark, especially compared to Quake 3, and it has an almost total reliance on the 3D video card for high-end framerate results. This tends to limit its use in system or CPU testing, but makes DOOM 3 a killer 3D video card benchmark.

DOOM 3 is an area where NVIDIA and their GeForce 6 Series cards hold a significant advantage, but ATI has continued to bridge the gap through updated driver revisions. It appears that ATI still has its work cut out, as while the AiW Radeon X800 XT does manage to equal its standard gaming counterpart, this board cannot match even the GeForce 6800 GT, let alone the Ultra. This is still a significant advantage for NVIDIA in DOOM 3, especially as the resolutions increase.

DOOM 3 AA and AF Performance

Once we move DOOM 3 to higher-end 4X AA and 8X AF details, ATI starts to make up ground fast, and the AiW Radeon X800 XT sneaks right up behind the GeForce 6800 GT. It's still not enough to surpass the NVIDIA competition, but great news for ATI buyers who use anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering by default.

Half-Life 2 Performance

Half-Life 2 is the latest in a line of serious first-person shooters from Valve, and has really taken in-game graphics to the next level. This is a great opportunity to really push our graphics cards to the limit, as well as proving a point-counterpoint to DOOM 3. And as with DOOM 3 there is also some CPU-reliance present in the scores, but in terms of relative performance, we still find the top-end cards breaking away from the pack.

DOOM 3 might be right in the NVIDIA GeForce 6 Series wheelhouse, but Half-Life 2 returns the favor for ATI. This game is faster on high-end ATI-based cards, and the AiW Radeon X800 XT finishes second, just behind the higher-clocked Platinum variant, and nicely ahead of the GeForce 6800 Ultra.

Half-Life 2 AA and AF Performance

The introduction of 4X anti-aliasing and 8X anisotropic filtering doesn't make the news any better for the NVIDIA cards, as the AiW Radeon X800 XT 256-MB and its brethren again take it to the GeForce 6800 GT and Ultra. As we mentioned before, ATI holds the same type of performance advantage in Half-Life 2 that NVIDIA holds in DOOM 3.



Page 1

The ATI All-in-Wonder Radeon X800 XT 256-MB Card

Page 2

The TV Tuner, A/V Inputs, and Real World Usage

Page 3

Performance and Test System

Page 4

Quake 3 and Unreal Tournament 2003 Performance

Page 5

Unreal Tournament 2004 and FarCry Performance

  • Page 6

    DOOM 3 and Half-Life 2 Performance

    Page 7

    3DMark 2005 Standard & Feature Performance

    Page 8

    Benchmark Analysis, Value and Conclusion





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