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SAPPHIRE RADEON X700 PRO

"Sapphire Radeon x700 Pro review featuring MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT, Powercolor Radeon 9700 Pro and Leadtek GeForce 6600. Software used:- 3dmark 2001 SE 3dmark 2006, Rightmark and Shadermark."

SAPPHIRE RADEON X700 PRO

DAWN OF A HARDWARE RADEON Erupting from the depths of a hardware stew of performance and affordability, the X700 Series presents itself as the definitive Radeon graphic solution! Combining technologies such as 8 Pixel Shader pipes, and 6 Vertex pipelines, the X700 Radeon series raises the threshold of believability in today's detail rich game environments.

SAPPHIRE RADEON X700 PRO SPECIFICATIONS

256MB of GDDR3 memory accelerates the latest cutting edge 3D applications
128-bit GDDR3 memory interface
8 parallel pixel pipelines
Supports the latest X16 Lane PCI Express technology
Six programmable vertex shader pipelines
Full support for DirectX 9.0 and the latest OpenGL functionality
Manufacturer Sapphire Technology
Model X700 PRO
Product Line Sapphire Radeon
Video Memory 256 MB
Technology GDDR3 SDRAM
API Supported OpenGL & DirectX 9.0
Digital Video Standard Digital Visual Interface (DVI)
Graphics Processor / Vendor ATI RADEON X700 PRO
Graphics Processor Manufacturer ATI
Interface Type PCI Express x16
Max Monitors Supported 2
TV Interface TV out

SAPPHIRE RADEON X700 PRO

CHIP GPU CORE
CLOCK MHZ
MEMORY
CLOCK MHZ
MEMORY
INTERFACE
PIXELS
PER CLOCK
DIRECTX
SAPPHIRE RADEON X700 PRO RV410 425 864 128 8 9.0B
MSI GEFORCE NX 6600 GT NV43 500 900 128 8 9.0C
POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO R300 325 620 256 8 9.0
LEADTEK GEFORCE 6600 NV43 300 550 128 8 9.0C
CHIP GPU CORE
CLOCK MHZ
MEMORY
CLOCK MHZ
MEMORY
INTERFACE
PIXELS
PER CLOCK
DIRECTX

GENERAL SYSTEM INFORMATION

PROCESSOR AMD ATHLON64 3000
VIDEO CARD SAPPHIRE RADEON X700 PRO
MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT
POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO
LEADTEK GEFORCE 6600
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

3DMARK BENCHMARKS

3DMARK 2001 SE

SAPPHIRE RADEON X700 PRO17371
MSI GEFORCE NX 6600 GT16709
POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO15785
LEADTEK WINFAST PX660013523

3DMARK 2003

SAPPHIRE RADEON X700 PRO7064
MSI GEFORCE NX 6600 GT7725
POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO4960
LEADTEK WINFAST PX66005168

3DMARK 2005

SAPPHIRE RADEON X700 PRO3226
MSI GEFORCE NX 6600 GT2982
POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO2159
LEADTEK WINFAST PX66001955

3DMARK 2006

SAPPHIRE RADEON X700 PRO1010
MSI GEFORCE NX 6600 GT1125
POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO500
LEADTEK WINFAST PX6600875

SAPPHIRE RADEON X700 PRO MSI GEFORCE NX 6600 GT
POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO LEADTEK WINFAST PX6600

COMMENT "Sapphire Radeon x700 Pro starts off well with 3dmark 2001 SE and it beats MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT by 4%. 3dmark 2003 favours MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT which beats Sapphire Radeon x700 Pro by 9%. 3dmark 2005 is a good victory for Sapphire Radeon x700 Pro and it beats MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT by 8%. 3dmark 2006 uses a combination of SM2.0 and SM3.0 benchmarks and although Sapphire Radeon x700 Pro can only run the SM2.0 benchmark MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT is only 11% ahead. We investigated the result and found that Sapphire Radeon x700 Pro was actually 16% faster than MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT with the SM2.0 benchmarks. If Sapphire Radeon x700 Pro had Shadermark 3.0 support then then it would outperform MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT."

RIGHTMARK

PIXEL SHADING (PS1.1)

SAPPHIRE RADEON X700 PRO873
MSI GEFORCE NX 6600 GT1064
POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO725
LEADTEK WINFAST PX6600646

PIXEL SHADING (PS2.0)

SAPPHIRE RADEON X700 PRO267
MSI GEFORCE NX 6600 GT306
POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO208
LEADTEK WINFAST PX6600184

SAPPHIRE RADEON X700 PRO MSI GEFORCE NX 6600 GT
POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO LEADTEK WINFAST PX6600

COMMENT "Sapphire Radeon x700 Pro doesn't have the raw power of MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT and it is beaten by 18% with the PS1.1 benchmark and then by 13% with PS2.0 benchmark."

SHADERMARK 2.0

SAPPHIRE RADEON X700 PRO4513
MSI GEFORCE NX 6600 GT6490
POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO3638
LEADTEK WINFAST PX66003942

SAPPHIRE RADEON X700 PRO MSI GEFORCE NX 6600 GT
POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO LEADTEK WINFAST PX6600

COMMENT "Shadermark 2.0 is a major victory for MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT and it outperforms Sapphire Radeon x700 Pro by 31%."

SAPPHIRE RADEON X700 PRO

PAGE 1 SAPPHIRE RADEON X700 PRO INTRODUCTION
PAGE 2 AURORA WATCHING, EARTH 2160, FAR CRY AND GT LEGENDS
PAGE 3 PANZER ELITE, QUAKE 4 AND SCOOTER WAR3Z
PAGE 4 SCRAPLAND, SERIOUS SAM II AND TRACKMANIA SUNRISE
PAGE 5 TOCA RACE DRIVER 3, TRIBES AND WORLD RACING 2
PAGE 6 X3 REUNION, XPAND RALLY AND FINAL RESULT

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