Doom 3 is
the most advanced OpenGL game to date. It takes advantage of the latest
videocard technology and pushes the processing power of the CPU to its absolute
limits. At its highest setting, Ultra quality, texture sizes pass the 500MB mark
which means even tomorrow's videocards will have a hard time running everything.
The frame rates in the game itself are locked at 60 fps so anything above that point is
wasted. Each test is run three times and with the third run being
Doom 3 is very hard on the PowerColor Bravo X700 as we
saw in the regular benchmarks. You probably won't want to turn AA when playing
High-end videocards generate more noise than a stock
Intel/AMD CPU HSF. That's ok for 3D rendering in a workstation environment but
noise can be an issue when you're fragging away and need to know where your
enemies are, or running a home theatre PC in the living room.
The new crop of low-noise mainstream videocards is
addressing this issue, part in parcel with features which make them great for
HTPCs. With two DVI outputs, the Bravo X700 is also good for business users
who want to use dual digital LCD monitors.
Included in the Bravo X700 package is a CyberLink DVD entertainment suite and
Hitman Contracts, both of which should keep users busy for a good little while.
Since the Bravo X700 supports TV-Output/Component Out, PowerColor also includes
all the necessary cables you'd need to attach your computer to the TV (aside
from component cables).
performance of the Powercolor Bravo X700 was mediocre at best, but then again
it's not aimed at the high end market. The card is quite capable at pushing a
lot of polygons at lower resolutions though; those who want to do a little
gaming on a large HDTV screen will be happy with the performance of the
PowerColor Bravo X700. When it came to overclocking, the Bravo X700 we
tested acted a little crazy, setting its core to 75 MHz anytime the memory
speed was increased over stock.
The PowerColor Bravo X700 retails for about $190CDN ($150 USD) online. If you're looking for the perfect HTPC videocard, or need an engine for your dual LCD monitors, be sure to look into the PowerColor Bravo X700.
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