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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 during testing is as follows:- Serious Sam 2 and World Racing 2."

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

SERIOUS SAM 2

LOW QUALITY

GIGABYTE GEFORCE PCX 590055
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT67
GAINWARD GEFORCE4 Ti460047

MEDIUM QUALITY

GIGABYTE GEFORCE PCX 590029
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT30
GAINWARD GEFORCE4 Ti460022

HIGH QUALITY

GIGABYTE GEFORCE PCX 59009
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT9
GAINWARD GEFORCE4 Ti460010

GIGABYTE PCX 5900 SAPPHIRE 9600 XT GAINWARD GF4 Ti4600

COMMENT "None of the video cards provide a playable performance with Serious Sam 2 using medium or high quality settings. When using low quality Sapphire Radeon 9600 XT beats Gigabyte GeForce PCX 5900 by a fairly impressive 18%."

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

Siriusopolis Level

LOW QUALITY

Resolution 1024x768
Texture Size Medium
Texture Quality Compressed
Parallax Mapping Disabled
Reflection Quality Medium

MEDIUM QUALITY

Resolution 1280x1024
Geometry Lod Medium
Texture Quality Optimal
Parallax Mapping Enabled
Reflection Quality High

HIGH QUALITY

Resolution 1600x1200
Geometry Lod High
Texture Quality Optimal
Parallax Mapping Enabled
Reflection Quality High

WORLD RACING 2

LOW QUALITY

GIGABYTE GEFORCE PCX 590036
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT48
GAINWARD GEFORCE4 Ti460043

MEDIUM QUALITY

GIGABYTE GEFORCE PCX 590020
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT28
GAINWARD GEFORCE4 Ti460022

HIGH QUALITY

GIGABYTE GEFORCE PCX 590011
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT14
GAINWARD GEFORCE4 Ti460011

GIGABYTE PCX 5900 SAPPHIRE 9600 XT GAINWARD GF4 Ti4600

COMMENT "World Racing 2 is another more recent game we have choosen to benchmark and proves to be too much for any of the video cards to run using medium or high quality settings. using low quality settings Sapphire Radeon 9600 XT beats Gigabyte GeForce PCX 5900 by an impressive 25%."

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

LOW QUALITY

Resolution 1024x768
Texture Resolution Low
View Distance Low
Grass Detail Disabled
Reflections Disabled

MEDIUM QUALITY

Resolution 1280x1024
Texture Resolution Medium
View Distance Medium
Grass Detail Low
Reflections 3rd Frame

HIGH QUALITY

Resolution 1600x1200
Texture Resolution High
View Distance High
Grass Detail Medium
Reflections Each Frame

CONCLUSION "Gigabyte GeForce PCX 5900 delivered a very mixed performance, when the software we used was DX9 then the performance was usually poor. However when the software used DX8 or OpenGL the performance of Gigabyte GeForce PCX 5900 was fairly good for a video card in it's price range. 3dmark is a good indicator for future performance of Gigabyte GeForce PCX 5900 and using 3dmark 2005 Gigabyte GeForce PCX 5900 was 58% slower than Sapphire Radeon 9600 XT and with 3dmark 2006 it was a very poor 67% slower. With some ganes software there is an option to use DX8 instead of DX9 and with Gigabyte GeForce PCX 5900 you should always select DX8!"

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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