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ATI X series round-up

Featuring X700Pro, X800Pro, X1300Pro & X1600XT

     ATI round-up time. Over the past year we collected a few ATI PCI-e Video Cards so the plan is to run these cards using some basic synthetic 3D and bandwidth analyzing tools (AKA Benchmark Software). Then using the data collected and the hardware specs plus the current retail price to see exactly what card is the best value. The cards we are going to use are as fallows. ATI Radeon X700 Pro, PowerColor Radeon X800 Pro (Bravo Edition), Sapphire Radeon X1300 Pro, and last Sapphire Radeon X1600 XT. We will be using one machine to run all tests and evaluate performance. The Idea behind that is to limit and exterior conditions that may alter the testing. Remember our results may differ from other folk’s tests, so don’t expect to achieve the same results unless you can definitively say you have the exact hardware and software setup we have in the lab. Enough said lets move on to the evaluation.

 

 

Hardware Specs Comparison:

Competative Price as of 01-10-2997 $49.99

$159.99

$76.99

$74.99

$109.99

 

Model X700Pro X800Pro Bravo Edition X800GT X1300Pro X1600XT
Brand ATI PowerColor PowerColor Sapphire Sapphire
Model 100-437402 R43C-NVD3D R43CA-GD3D 100143L 100146DDVIL
Interface PCI Express x16 PCI Express x17 PCI Express x18 PCI Express x19 PCI Express x20
           
Chipset
Chipset Manufacturer ATI ATI ATI ATI ATI
GPU Radeon X700PRO Radeon X800 Radeon X800GT Radeon X1300PRO Radeon X1600XT
PixelPipelines 8 8 8 4 12
Core clock 425MHz 392MHz 475MHz 600MHz 587MHz
           
Memory
Model X700Pro X800Pro Bravo Edition X800GT X1300Pro X1600XT
Memory Size 256MB 256MB 256MB 256MB 256MB
Memory Interface 128-bit 256-bit 256-bit 128-bit 128-bit
Memory Type GDDR3 GDDR3 GDDR3 GDDR2 GDDR3
Memory Clock 800MHz 700MHz 980MHz 800MHz 1386MHz
           
3D API
DirectX DirectX 9 DirectX 9 DirectX 9 DirectX 9 DirectX 9
OpenGL OpenGL 2.0 OpenGL 2.0 OpenGL 2.0 OpenGL 2.0 OpenGL 2.0
           
Ports
Model X700Pro X800Pro Bravo Edition X800GT X1300Pro X1600XT
D-SUB 1 No 1 1 No
DVI 1 2 1 1 2
TV-Out S-Video / Composite Out HDTV / S-Video/Composite Out HDTV / S-Video Out HDTV / S-Video/Composite Out HDTV / S-Video/Composite Out
VIVO No Yes No No No
           
General
Tuner None None None None None
RAMDAC 400 MHz 400 MHz 400 MHz 400 MHz 400 MHz
Max Resolution 2048 x 1536 2048 x 1536 2048 x 1536 2560 x 1600 2560 x 1600
Dual-Link DVI Supported No Yes No Yes Yes
RoHS Compliant   Yes      
Cooler With Fan With Fan With Fan With Fan With Fan
Operating Systems Supported Windows 2000/XP Windows 2000/XP Windows 2000/XP Windows 2000/XP Windows 2000/XP
           
Features
Vista Ready Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Model X700Pro X800Pro Bravo Edition X800GT X1300Pro X1600XT
Features

 

 

 

 

Installation software requires CD-ROM drive

DVD playback requires DVD drive

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SMARTSHADER HD

SMOOTHVISION HD

3Dc

VIDEOSHADER HD

 

High Performance Memory Controller

Ultra-Threaded Shader Engine

Avivo Video and Display Platform

CrossFire

Hydravision 3

Microsoft DirectX 9.0 Shader Model 3.0

Ultra-Threaded Shader Engine

Avivo Video and Display Platform

CrossFire

 

      Clearly the Performance results show that the X1600 XT performs the best for gamming or 3D rendering and then the X800 Pro, Last is a toss up between the X1300 Pro and the X700 Pro. One oddity was noted if you look closely at the 2D rendering scores from PassMark the older X700 blew all the other cards out of the water. This might be attributed to the older driver version used only on the X700 6 series I believe it was where the rest used the latest 8 Series driver from ATI.. These results are hard to explain but the truth is the results did not impact the end results enough to make a large difference.

 

System Configurations and Project Settings


  ATI X700 Pro Sapphire X1300 Pro PowerColor X800 Pro Sapphire X1600 XT
Name ASROCK ATI X700 Pro Saphire X1300 PowerColor X800 Pro Untitled
Description        
Date 2007-01-07 2007-01-07 2007-01-07 2007-01-07
Operating System Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Microsoft Windows Server 2003
DirectX Version 9.0c 9.0c 9.0c 9.0c
Mobo Manufacturer        
Mobo Model 939Dual-SATA2 939Dual-SATA2 939Dual-SATA2 939Dual-SATA2
AGP Rates (Current/Available) N/A / N/A N/A / N/A N/A / N/A N/A / N/A
CPU Name AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 2200 MHz AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 2200 MHz AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 2200 MHz AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 2200 MHz
CPU String AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4400+ AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4400+ AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4400+ AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4400+
FSB 200 MHz 200 MHz 200 MHz 200 MHz
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB 1024 MB 1024 MB
Graphics Chipset ATI RADEON X700 Series ATI RADEON X1300 ATI RADEON X800 ATI RADEON X1600 XT
Graphics Card Vendor ATI Technologies   C.P. Technology Co Ltd  
Driver Name RADEON X700 PRO (Microsoft Corporation) Radeon X1300 Series RADEON X800 Series Sapphire RADEON X1600 XT
Driver Version 6.14.10.6508 8.321.0.0 8.321.0.0 8.321.0.0
Driver Status Non WHQL - Not FM Approved Non WHQL - Not FM Approved Non WHQL - Not FM Approved Non WHQL - Not FM Approved
Video Memory 256 MB 256 MB 256 MB 256 MB
Core Clock N/A N/A N/A N/A
Memory Clock N/A N/A N/A N/A
Resolution 1024x768@32 bit 1024x768@32 bit 1024x768@32 bit 1024x768@32 bit
Anti-Aliasing None None None None
Texture Filtering Optimal Optimal Optimal Optimal
Vertex Shader Profile 2_0 3_0 2_0 3_0
Pixel Shader Profile 2_b 3_0 2_b 3_0
Force Full Precision Off Off Off Off
Disable DST Off Off Off Off
Disable Post-processing Off Off Off Off
Force Software Vertex Shaders Off Off Off Off
Color Mipmaps Off Off Off Off
Repeat Count Off Off Off Off

 

 

Test Results

 

 

3DMark03Pro Revision 6 Build 0

Sapphire X1300 Pro 5925
ATI X700 Pro 6300
PowerColor X800 Pro 8809
Sapphire X1600 XT 9090
CPU Score (CPUMarks)
Sapphire X1300 Pro 842
ATI X700 Pro 971
PowerColor X800 Pro 842
Sapphire X1600 XT 852

Game Tests

GT1 - Wings of Fury (fps)
Sapphire X1300 Pro 166.9
ATI X700 Pro 202.6
PowerColor X800 Pro 251.8
Sapphire X1600 XT 232.9
GT2 - Battle of Proxycon (fps)
Sapphire X1300 Pro 41.3
ATI X700 Pro 40.3
PowerColor X800 Pro 62.8
Sapphire X1600 XT 67.3
GT3 - Troll's Lair (fps)
Sapphire X1300 Pro 36.6
ATI X700 Pro 34.6
PowerColor X800 Pro 50.1
Sapphire X1600 XT 53.2
GT4 - Mother Nature (fps)
Sapphire X1300 Pro 37.6
ATI X700 Pro 44.0
PowerColor X800 Pro 59.2
Sapphire X1600 XT 61.8

CPU Tests

CPU Test 1 (fps)
Sapphire X1300 Pro 94.6
ATI X700 Pro 109.9
PowerColor X800 Pro 96.2
Sapphire X1600 XT 96.6
CPU Test 2 (fps)
Sapphire X1300 Pro 14.9
ATI X700 Pro 17.0
PowerColor X800 Pro 14.6
Sapphire X1600 XT 14.9

Feature Tests

Fill Rate (Single-Texturing) (MTexels/s)
Sapphire X1300 Pro 1076.7
ATI X700 Pro 1300.6
PowerColor X800 Pro 1852.2
Sapphire X1600 XT 1913.2
Fill Rate (Multi-Texturing) (MTexels/s)
Sapphire X1300 Pro 2267.9
ATI X700 Pro 2965.4
PowerColor X800 Pro 4120.1
Sapphire X1600 XT 2286.7
Vertex Shader (fps)
Sapphire X1300 Pro 24.0
ATI X700 Pro 26.7
PowerColor X800 Pro 30.7
Sapphire X1600 XT 40.3
Pixel Shader 2.0 (fps)
Sapphire X1300 Pro 36.3
ATI X700 Pro 56.4
PowerColor X800 Pro 76.5
Sapphire X1600 XT 77.5
Ragtroll (fps)
Sapphire X1300 Pro 20.5
ATI X700 Pro 27.3
PowerColor X800 Pro 36.8
Sapphire X1600 XT 43.0

Sound Tests

No sounds (fps)
Sapphire X1300 Pro 53.8
ATI X700 Pro 52.8
PowerColor X800 Pro 54.0
Sapphire X1600 XT 53.9
24 sounds (fps)
Sapphire X1300 Pro 51.0
ATI X700 Pro 51.1
PowerColor X800 Pro 51.4
Sapphire X1600 XT 50.9

 

 

 

3DMark05Pro Revision 2 Build 0

ATI X700 Pro 2752
Sapphire X1300 Pro 2923
PowerColor X800 Pro 4169
Sapphire X1600 XT 5318
CPU Score (CPUMarks)
ATI X700 Pro 4745
Sapphire X1300 Pro 4572
PowerColor X800 Pro 4668
Sapphire X1600 XT 4528

Game Tests

GT1 - Return To Proxycon (fps)
ATI X700 Pro 12.4
Sapphire X1300 Pro 13.5
PowerColor X800 Pro 18.7
Sapphire X1600 XT 24.7
GT2 - Firefly Forest (fps)
ATI X700 Pro 8.2
Sapphire X1300 Pro 8.9
PowerColor X800 Pro 12.5
Sapphire X1600 XT 15.0
GT3 - Canyon Flight (fps)
ATI X700 Pro 13.1
Sapphire X1300 Pro 13.3
PowerColor X800 Pro 19.8
Sapphire X1600 XT 26.0

CPU Tests

CPU Test 1 (fps)
ATI X700 Pro 2.5
Sapphire X1300 Pro 2.4
PowerColor X800 Pro 2.4
Sapphire X1600 XT 2.3
CPU Test 2 (fps)
ATI X700 Pro 4.1
Sapphire X1300 Pro 4.0
PowerColor X800 Pro 4.0
Sapphire X1600 XT 3.9

Feature Tests

Fill Rate - Single-Texturing (MTexels/s)
ATI X700 Pro 1528.5
Sapphire X1300 Pro 1180.2
PowerColor X800 Pro 2123.1
Sapphire X1600 XT 2096.9
Fill Rate - Multi-Texturing (MTexels/s)
ATI X700 Pro 3392.9
Sapphire X1300 Pro 2402.0
PowerColor X800 Pro 4679.8
Sapphire X1600 XT 2322.2
Pixel Shader (fps)
ATI X700 Pro 59.0
Sapphire X1300 Pro 55.2
PowerColor X800 Pro 83.4
Sapphire X1600 XT 111.6
Vertex Shader - Simple (MVertices/s)
ATI X700 Pro 35.5
Sapphire X1300 Pro 45.7
PowerColor X800 Pro 40.9
Sapphire X1600 XT 69.4
Vertex Shader - Complex (MVertices/s)
ATI X700 Pro 38.8
Sapphire X1300 Pro 21.9
PowerColor X800 Pro 36.6
Sapphire X1600 XT 47.3

Batch Size Tests

8 Triangles (MTriangles/s)
ATI X700 Pro 8.0
Sapphire X1300 Pro 5.5
PowerColor X800 Pro 5.7
Sapphire X1600 XT 5.8
32 Triangles (MTriangles/s)
ATI X700 Pro 31.8
Sapphire X1300 Pro 28.8
PowerColor X800 Pro 27.9
Sapphire X1600 XT 28.8
128 Triangles (MTriangles/s)
ATI X700 Pro 91.1
Sapphire X1300 Pro 64.3
PowerColor X800 Pro 120.4
Sapphire X1600 XT 106.5
512 Triangles (MTriangles/s)
ATI X700 Pro 88.7
Sapphire X1300 Pro 63.4
PowerColor X800 Pro 127.9
Sapphire X1600 XT 110.5
2048 Triangles (MTriangles/s)
ATI X700 Pro 88.9
Sapphire X1300 Pro 80.6
PowerColor X800 Pro 128.8
Sapphire X1600 XT 127.5
32768 Triangles (MTriangles/s)
ATI X700 Pro 91.2
Sapphire X1300 Pro 92.2
PowerColor X800 Pro 129.0
Sapphire X1600 XT 130.1

 

 

 

 

PassMark

http://www.passmark.com

Performance Test 6.0

Benchmark Results

Test NameSapphireX1600XTSaphireX1300PowerColorX800ProATI700pro
CPU - Integer Math254.0254.5254.2254.5
Graphics 2D - Lines283.0290.6290.5281.4
Graphics 2D - Rectangles50.850.947.5197.8
Graphics 2D - Shapes46.857.457.357.1
Graphics 2D - Fonts and Text206.5222.6224.2218.3
Graphics 2D - GUI399.2394.3404.3392.6
Graphics 3D - Simple1239.9825.31507.8984.4
Graphics 3D - Medium261.0135.2234.2133.9
Graphics 3D - Complex34.533.633.933.2
2D Graphics Mark666.5694.9695.2838.2
Memory Mark376.4376.7376.4376.2
Disk Mark495.0495.6486.8496.3
CD Mark201.9183.7182.9183.6
3D Graphics Mark491.4318.1568.3368.5
PassMark Rating631.5612.7639.4636.7

 

     All these cards are in the 50  – 150 USD price range starting with the lowest going to the highest, 50 for the X700 Pro, 75 for the X1300 Pro, 110 for the X1600 XT, and last 150 for the X800 Pro Bravo edition. While the X800 and X1600 performed comparably the same can be said about the X1300 and X700 but the X700 is around ˝ the price of the X700 so in my mind it is an easy choice. However when talking the comparison of the X800 and the X1600 you need to take additional information and factor them in. One thing to consider is possible other options for instance with the X800 Pro Bravo (what we had to test) if Video editing is not a major concern there is a much lower cost substitute averaging around 77 USD the X800 GTO. This model should perform at the very least as well as the Bravo edition you just lose the extra Video In/Out power and the Software bundle for the editing features. In conclusion lets be completely honest when it comes down to it the price will most likely determine exactly what card you buy and in this case it is hard to make that call. Best bang for your buck is the X700 for low cost moderate cost the X1600 XT but if the X800 GTO is factored in you might lean towards the X800 for best in price range.

 


 

 

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