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POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO

"In this reader requested review we compare Powercolor Radeon 9700 Pro against the Leadtek GeForce 6600, Sapphire Radeon 9600 XT and Gigabyte GeForce PCX 5900. We used a wide range of software including:- Area 51, Aurora Watching, Earth 2160, Far Cry, GT Legends and Quake 4."

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO SPECIFICATIONS

ATI Radeon 9700 Pro is the most advanced graphics board in its category, featuring ATI's Radeon 9700 Pro Visual Processing Unit (VPU), supporting AGP design specifications. Through a combination of incredible 3D rendering performance, sophisticated real-time visual effects, industry-leading image quality, processing speed, and cutting-edge video features, it takes the PC entertainment experience to a new level.

GENERAL SYSTEM INFORMATION

PROCESSOR AMD ATHLON64 3000
VIDEO CARD POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT
LEADTEK GEFORCE 6600
GIGABYTE GEFORCE PCX 5900
ATI DRIVER ATI CATALYST v6.6
NVIDIA DRIVER NVIDIA FORCEWARE v91.31
MOTHERBOARD ASROCK 939 DUAL SATA 2
MEMORY 2 x 512MB OCZ GOLD XTC PC3200 DDR
OPERATING SYSTEM WINDOWS XP
DIRECTX VERSION v9.0c

AREA 51

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO63
LEADTEK GEFORCE 660053
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT54
GIGABYTE GEFORCE PCX 590046

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO LEADTEK GEFORCE 6600
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT GIGABYTE GEFORCE PCX 5900

COMMENT "This is the first of our game benchmarks and is a shader intensive game called Area 51. Both of the ATI cards do well and Powercolor Radeon 9700 Pro outperforms Sapphire Radeon 9600 XT by 16%."

AURORA WATCHING

LOW QUALITY

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO64
LEADTEK GEFORCE 660049
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT61
GIGABYTE GEFORCE PCX 590052

MEDIUM QUALITY

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO55
LEADTEK GEFORCE 660038
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT50
GIGABYTE GEFORCE PCX 590034

HIGH QUALITY

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO37
LEADTEK GEFORCE 660024
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT26
GIGABYTE GEFORCE PCX 590015

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO LEADTEK GEFORCE 6600
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT GIGABYTE GEFORCE PCX 5900

COMMENT "Aurora Watching is another clear victory for the two ATI video cards and Powercolor Radeon 9700 Pro outperforms the second placed Sapphire Radeon 9600 XT by between 5% to 30%. Powercolor Radeon 9700 Pro is the only video card which is playable at the high quality setting."

EARTH 2160

LOW QUALITY

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO75
LEADTEK GEFORCE 660061
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT69
GIGABYTE GEFORCE PCX 590033

MEDIUM QUALITY

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO35
LEADTEK GEFORCE 660029
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT32
GIGABYTE GEFORCE PCX 590015

HIGH QUALITY

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO21
LEADTEK GEFORCE 660018
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT18
GIGABYTE GEFORCE PCX 59007

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO LEADTEK GEFORCE 6600
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT GIGABYTE GEFORCE PCX 5900

COMMENT "Earth 2160 is another victory for the two ATI video cards and Powercolor Radeon 9700 Pro outperforms Sapphire Radeon 9600 XT by between 8% to 15%. Gigabyte GeForce PCX 5900 does especially poorly with Earth 2160 and is only playable using low quality settings."

FAR CRY

LOW QUALITY

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO146
LEADTEK GEFORCE 6600141
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT131
GIGABYTE GEFORCE PCX 5900132

MEDIUM QUALITY

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO62
LEADTEK GEFORCE 660055
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT50
GIGABYTE GEFORCE PCX 590042

HIGH QUALITY

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO31
LEADTEK GEFORCE 660026
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT23
GIGABYTE GEFORCE PCX 590019

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO LEADTEK GEFORCE 6600
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT GIGABYTE GEFORCE PCX 5900

COMMENT "The Far Cry results are fairly close and all of the video cards are playable upto medium quality but only Powercolor Radeon 9700 Pro is playable at high quality. Powercolor Radeon 9700 Pro beats the Leadtek PX6600 by 4% to 17%."

GT LEGENDS

LOW QUALITY

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO58
LEADTEK GEFORCE 660037
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT39
GIGABYTE GEFORCE PCX 590019

MEDIUM QUALITY

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO38
LEADTEK GEFORCE 660026
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT24
GIGABYTE GEFORCE PCX 590012

HIGH QUALITY

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO21
LEADTEK GEFORCE 660016
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT17
GIGABYTE GEFORCE PCX 59009

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO LEADTEK GEFORCE 6600
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT GIGABYTE GEFORCE PCX 5900

COMMENT "Powercolor Radeon 9700 Pro is the clear winner where GT Legends performance is concerned, it beats the other video cards by between 20% to 33%. GT Legends is a mixed result for Sapphire Radeon 9600 XT and the Leadtek GeForce 6600 change places depending on the quality setting used."

QUAKE 4

LOW QUALITY

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO77
LEADTEK GEFORCE 660067
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT60
GIGABYTE GEFORCE PCX 590052

MEDIUM QUALITY

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO52
LEADTEK GEFORCE 660047
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT40
GIGABYTE GEFORCE PCX 590035

HIGH QUALITY

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO38
LEADTEK GEFORCE 660034
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT27
GIGABYTE GEFORCE PCX 590025

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO LEADTEK GEFORCE 6600
SAPPHIRE RADEON 9600 XT GIGABYTE GEFORCE PCX 5900

COMMENT "Quake 4 is another clear victory for Powercolor Radeon 9700 Pro and it beats the Leadtek GeForce 6600 by between 10% to 13%. Powercolor Radeon 9700 Pro and Leadtek GeForce 6600 are the only video cards which are playable using high quality settings."

POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO

PAGE 1 POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO
PAGE 2 EARTH 2160, FAR CRY, GT LEGENDS AND QUAKE 4
PAGE 3 SCRAPLAND, SERIOUS SAM II AMD TRACKMANIA SUNRISE
PAGE 4 TRIBES, UNREAL TOURNMENT 2004 AND XPAND RALLY

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