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GIGABYTE GEFORCE PCX 5900

"Gigabyte GeForce PCX 5900 review featuring Sapphire Radeon 9600 XT and Gainward GeForce4 Ti4600 video card. Software used was Quake 4, Scooter War3z and Scrapland."

GIGABYTE GEFORCE PCX 5900

GENERAL SYSTEM INFORMATION

PROCESSOR AMD ATHLON64 3000
VIDEO CARD GIGABYTE GEFORCE PCX 5900
GAINWARD GEFORCE4 Ti4600
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT
NVIDIA DRIVER NVIDIA FORCEWARE v84.21
ATI DRIVER CATALYST v6.5
MOTHERBOARD ASROCK 939 DUAL SATA 2
MEMORY 2 x 512MB OCZ GOLD XTC PC3200 DDR
OPERATING SYSTEM WINDOWS XP
DIRECTX VERSION v9.0c

QUAKE 4

LOW QUALITY

GIGABYTE GEFORCE PCX 590052
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT60
GAINWARD GEFORCE4 Ti460047

MEDIUM QUALITY

GIGABYTE GEFORCE PCX 590035
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT40
GAINWARD GEFORCE4 Ti460031

HIGH QUALITY

GIGABYTE GEFORCE PCX 590025
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT27
GAINWARD GEFORCE4 Ti460022

GIGABYTE PCX 5900 SAPPHIRE 9600 XT GAINWARD GF4 Ti4600

COMMENT "Quake 4 is a game using a modified Doom 3 engine and as shown previously ATI video cards are usually at a disadvantage with games using this engine. It is therefore very suprising to see Sapphire Radeon 9600 XT beat Gigabyte GeForce PCX 5900 by between 8% to 14%. However all of the video cards are unable to provide playable performance when using high quality settings."

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

LOW QUALITY

Resolution 1024x768
Bump Maps Disabled
Shadows Disabled
Special Effects Disabled
Specular Disabled

MEDIUM QUALITY

Resolution 1280x1024
Bump Maps Enabled
Shadows Disabled
Special Effects Enabled
Specular Enabled

HIGH QUALITY

Resolution 1600x1200
Bump Maps Enabled
Shadows Enabled
Special Effects Enabled
Specular Enabled

SCOOTER WAR3Z

LOW QUALITY

GIGABYTE GEFORCE PCX 5900105
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT139
GAINWARD GEFORCE4 Ti4600103

MEDIUM QUALITY

GIGABYTE GEFORCE PCX 590037
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT76
GAINWARD GEFORCE4 Ti460055

HIGH QUALITY

GIGABYTE GEFORCE PCX 590017
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT27
GAINWARD GEFORCE4 Ti460039

GIGABYTE PCX 5900 SAPPHIRE 9600 XT GAINWARD GF4 Ti4600

COMMENT "Another interesting result with Sapphire Radeon 9600 XT starting off strongly and beating Gigabyte GeForce PCX 5900 by between 25% to 52% and then losing to Gainward GeForce4 Ti4600 by 51%. The reason for the sudden performance hit for Gigabyte GeForce PCX 5900 when using medium quality is that the Scooter lights effect uses DX9 and as shown previously Gigabyte GeForce PCX 5900 has poor DX9 performance. The reason Gainward GeForce4 Ti4600 wins the high quality benchmark is because it doesn't use any lights so it has lower image quality than Gigabyte GeForce PCX 5900 and Sapphire Radeon 9600 XT."

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

LOW QUALITY

Resolution 1024x768
Texture Detail Low
Shader Detail Low
Motion Blur Disabled
Reflection Detail Perform
Scooter Lights Disabled

MEDIUM QUALITY

Resolution 1280x1024
Texture Detail Medium
Shader Detail Medium
Motion Blur Disabled
Reflection Detail Quality
Scooter Lights Low

HIGH QUALITY

Resolution 1600x1200
Texture Detail High
Shader Detail High
Motion Blur Enabled
Reflection Detail Quality
Scooter Lights High

SCRAPLAND

LOW QUALITY

GIGABYTE GEFORCE PCX 590099
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT99
GAINWARD GEFORCE4 Ti460069

MEDIUM QUALITY

GIGABYTE GEFORCE PCX 590049
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT53
GAINWARD GEFORCE4 Ti460035

HIGH QUALITY

GIGABYTE GEFORCE PCX 590014
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT15
GAINWARD GEFORCE4 Ti46006

GIGABYTE PCX 5900 SAPPHIRE 9600 XT GAINWARD GF4 Ti4600

COMMENT "Scrapland is one of the closest results for Gigabyte GeForce PCX 5900 and Sapphire Radeon 9600 XT that we have seen so far in this review."

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

Crazy Gambler Level

LOW QUALITY

Resolution 1024x768
Shadows Disabled
Fog Disabled
Bloom Disabled
Motion Blur Disabled
Deformation Disabled

MEDIUM QUALITY

Resolution 1280x1024
Shadows Disabled
Fog Enabled
Bloom Enabled
Motion Blur Enabled
Deformation Enabled

HIGH QUALITY

Resolution 1600x1200
Low Shadows Enabled
Fog Enabled
Bloom Enabled
Motion Blur Enabled
Deformation Enabled

GIGABYTE GEFORCE PCX 5900

PAGE 1 GIGABYTE GEFORCE PCX 5900
PAGE 2 3DMARK 2001 TO 2006, POWER VR AND RIGHTMARK
PAGE 3 EARTH 2160, FAR CRY AND GT LEGENDS
PAGE 4 QUAKE 4, SCOOTER WARZ AND SCRAPLAND
PAGE 5 SERIOUS SAM 2 AND WORLD RACING 2

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