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Gigabyte GV-RX60X128V PCI-E Videocard Review

Gigabyte GV-RX60X128V PCI-E Videocard Review  - PCSTATS
Abstract: With PCI Express emerging as the new battleground, ATi are hedging their bets on exploiting the differences in HSI chip implementation between itself and nVidia.
 79% Rating:   
Filed under: Video Cards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Jul 25 2004   Colin Sun  
Home > Reviews > Video Cards > Gigabyte GV-RX60X128V

Overclocking the card

The Radeon X600 XT core is clocked by default at 500 MHz, so we were hoping to overclock it to at least 550MHz... or a little further.

In small steps, the core speed was increased a few MHz at a time all the way to 600MHz without any problems. At speeds above 616MHz the Gigabyte GV-RX60X128V ran into a peculiar problem; there were no visual artifacts or any other signs of instability, but when running 3DMark the screen would just go blank. The back of the card was toasty, but not really that hot, so I'm not certain what could have been holding it back.

With the core overclocking done, we turned our attention to the memory - with a 2.5ns speed rating it should be capable of busting past 370MHz! Yet, unfortunately, it wasn't quite up to task; the maximum speed we were able to achieve was 414 MHz. Not bad, but a bit of a letdown after seeing how high the core overclocked.

The X600XT core and memory worked well together so we were able to run both at maximum speed for all benchmarks. As you'll see shortly, overclocking boosts performance very nicely.

PCStats Test System Specs:
Sytem 1 System 2
Processor:

Intel Pentium 4 540

Intel Pentium 4 3.0C

Clock Speed: 16 x 200 MHz = 3.2 GHz 15 x 200 MHz = 3.0 GHz
Motherboards:

Gigabyte 8ANXP-D, i925X

Gigabyte 8KNXP, i875P

Videocard:

Gigabyte GV-RX60X128V
Gigabyte GV-NX57128D
MSI PCX5750-TD128

ATi Radeon 9800XT
ATi Radeon 9800 Pro
ATi Radeon 9700 Pro
Asus Radeon 9600XT
MSI FX5950 Ultra-TD128
MSI FX5900U-VTD256
MSI FX5900XT-VTD128
AOpen GeForceFX 5900XT

Memory:

2x 256MB Crucial PC4300 DDR2

2x 256MB Corsair TwinX 3200LL

Hard Drive: 40GB WD Special Ed 40GB WD Special Ed
CDROM: MSI X48 CD-RW/DVD-ROM NEC 52x CD-ROM
PowerSupply: Vantec Stealth 470W Vantec Stealth 470W
Software Setup

WindowsXP Build 2600
Intel INF 5.02.1012
Forceware 60.85

WindowsXP Build 2600
Intel INF 5.02.1012
Catalyst 3.9
Detonator 53.03

Benchmarks

3DMark2001SE
CodeCreatures
AquaMark
AquaMark3
Gun Metal 2
X2 The Threat
UT2003

AA Test, AF and AA+AF Test
3DMark2001SE
X2 The Threat
UT2003

The AGP and PCI-E systems are different, but the results are being included for reference.

3DMark2001SE Source: FutureMark

By combining DirectX8 support with completely new graphics, it continues to provide good overall system benchmarks. 3DMark2001SE has been created in cooperation with the major 3D accelerator and processor manufacturers to provide a reliable set of diagnostic tools. The suite demonstrates 3D gaming performance by using real-world gaming technology to test a system's true performance abilities. Tests include: DirectX8 Vertex Shaders, Pixel Shaders and Point Sprites, DOT3 and Environment Mapped Bump Mapping, support for Full Scene Anti-aliasing and Texture Compression and two game tests using Ipion real-time physics.

Higher numbers denote better performance.

3DMark2001 - Benchmark Results
Video Card 3DMarks Ranking
ATi Radeon 9800XT 19073
ATi Radeon 9800 Pro 18762

ATi Radeon 9700 Pro

17430
Asus Radeon A9600XT 13604
MSI FX5950 Ultra-TD128 17582
MSI FX5900U-VTD256 Ultra 17274
Albatron GeForceFX 5700 Ultra 15165
MSI PCX5750-TD128 12247
Gigabyte GV-NX57128D 12310
Gigabyte GV-RX60X128V 14570
Gigabyte GV-RX60X128V (616/414) 16231

As you can see the Gigabyte GV-RX60X128V does pretty well for itself here in 3DMark, considering it's a mainstream card. It takes over right where the 9600XT left off. Overclocking boosts the score nicely as well.

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GV-RX60X128V
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte GV-RX60X128V PCI-E Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  — Overclocking the card
 Pg 3.  Benchmarks: CodeCreatures
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: AquaMark 2.3
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: AquaMark 3, Gun Metal 2
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: X2: The Threat, UT2003
 Pg 7.  Advanced Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, X2: The Threat
 Pg 8.  Advanced Benchmarks: UT2003, Conclusions

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