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SAPPHIRE RADEON X700 PRO

"Sapphire Radeon x700 Pro review also featuring MSI GeForce 6600 GT, Powercolor Radeon 9700 Pro and Leadtek GeForce 6600. Software used:- X3 Reunion and Xpand Rally."

SAPPHIRE RADEON X700 PRO

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

X3 REUNION

LOW QUALITY

SAPPHIRE RADEON X700 PRO44
MSI GEFORCE NX 6600 GT33
POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO32
LEADTEK WINFAST PX660021

MEDIUM QUALITY

SAPPHIRE RADEON X700 PRO39
MSI GEFORCE NX 6600 GT30
POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO19
LEADTEK WINFAST PX660020

HIGH QUALITY

SAPPHIRE RADEON X700 PRO37
MSI GEFORCE NX 6600 GT25
POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO15
LEADTEK WINFAST PX660017

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

COMMENT "It is clear that X3 Reunion favours ATI card and Sapphire Radeon x700 Pro beats MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT by between 24% to 33%."

XPAND RALLY

LOW QUALITY

SAPPHIRE RADEON X700 PRO74
MSI GEFORCE NX 6600 GT75
POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO72
LEADTEK WINFAST PX660074

MEDIUM QUALITY

SAPPHIRE RADEON X700 PRO49
MSI GEFORCE NX 6600 GT47
POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO44
LEADTEK WINFAST PX660030

HIGH QUALITY

SAPPHIRE RADEON X700 PRO34
MSI GEFORCE NX 6600 GT29
POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO29
LEADTEK WINFAST PX660018

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

COMMENT "MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT takes a slim 2% victory over Sapphire Radeon x700 Pro using low quality settings. However using medium and high settings Sapphire Radeon x700 Pro beats MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT by between 5% to 15%."

FINAL RESULT

THEORETICAL PERFORMANCE

SAPPHIRE RADEON X700 PRO-8%
MSI GEFORCE NX 6600 GT0%
POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO-33%
LEADTEK WINFAST PX6600-40%

SYNTHETIC BENCHMARKS

SAPPHIRE RADEON X700 PRO28671
MSI GEFORCE NX 6600 GT28541 (-1%)
POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO23404 (-19%)
LEADTEK WINFAST PX660021521 (-25%)

GAME BENCHMARKS

SAPPHIRE RADEON X700 PRO3044
MSI GEFORCE NX 6600 GT2874 (-6%)
POWERCOLOR RADEON 9700 PRO2519 (-18%)
LEADTEK WINFAST PX66002085 (-32%)

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

FINAL COMMENT "Sapphire Radeon x700 Pro and MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT both perform within 1% of each other when using 3dmark benchmarks. The most important results are the game benchmarks and this is where Sapphire Radeon x700 Pro pulls out a 6% advantage over MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT. There was some game results which clearly show that certain games favour either ATI or Nvidia but overall Sapphire Radeon x700 Pro and MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT both delivered playable results with ALL of the games tested!"
COMMENT "Using core speed, memory speed, pipelines and memory interface of each video card we can work out the theoretical performance of the video cards. MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT theoretically should outperform Sapphire Radeon x700 Pro by 8%, Powercolor Radeon 9700 Pro by 33% and the Leadtek GeForce 6600 by 40%. Ofcourse theoretical performance of a video card can be effected by the motherboard performing better with certain types of video card, we have found that motherboards using ULI chipsets usually favour ATI video cards which has to be taken into consideration."

SAPPHIRE RADEON X700 PRO

PAGE 1 SAPPHIRE RADEON X700 PRO
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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