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PowerColor Bravo X700 Videocard Review

PowerColor Bravo X700 Videocard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: This card uses the Radeon X700 core with 256MB of GDDR2 DRAM memory modules. Like all X700-based cards, the Powercolor Bravo X700 is PCI Express x16 compatible.
Filed under: Video Cards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Powercolor May 16 2005   Colin Sun  
Home > Reviews > Video Cards > Powercolor Bravo X700

Overclocking and benchmarks...

Overclocking the Bravo X700

Overclocking Results:
Stock Overclocked
GPU (Core) Speed: 398MHz 461MHz
Memory Speed: 266MHz 266MHz

Considering the intended market for the Bravo X700, we didn't expect much in terms of overclocking. With the 60mm low profile fan installed on the back, we started overclocking the core first.

By default the Powercolor X700 core is clocked at 398 MHz, which is just 27 MHz slower than the X700 Pro. With this in mind, The first thing we did was increase the Bravo X700 to 425 MHz. Unsurprisingly, the card had absolutely no problems running at that speed. The highest we could push the core was 461 MHz; anything higher and the videocard would lock up while running 3DMark05 or Gun Metal 2. We were a bit surprised at this because ATi cores usually start to artifact before they reach their maximum speed.

Of course no matter how well the core overclocks, the Bravo X700's Achilles heel is its memory bandwidth. With the memory clocked at a paltry 266 MHz, the Bravo X700 is begging to have its memory overclocked. Starting at 266 MHz and using Samsung K4N561630F-GC37 DDR2 memory modules, we didn't expect to be able to go very far.

The first thing we did was increase the memory frequency to 300 MHz, but unfortunately that was a no go and the videocard locked up the system. We also ran into a peculiar problem with PowerStrip 3.59 when overclocking the memory; increasing the memory speed above stock automatically dropped the core speed down to 75 MHz!

We tried using a few other programs but we still ran into the same problem. Sadly we were not able to overclock the memory on the Bravo X700 videocard.

PCStats Test System Specs:
Processor:

AMD Athlon64 4000+

Clock Speed: 12 x 200 MHz = 2.4 GHz
Motherboards:

Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (NF4-SLI)
Gigabyte GA-K8NSNXP-939 (NF3 Ultra)

Videocard:

MSI RX800XT-VTD256E
Gigabyte GV-RX80L256V
PowerColor X700 PRO
MSI NX6800GT-T2D256E
Albatron Trinity GeForce 6600GT AGP
MSI NX6600GT-TD128
Albatron Trinity PC6600
Asus Extreme N6600TOP/TD/128M/A
Gigabyte GV-3D1 (Single Mode)
Gigabyte GV-3D1 (SLI Mode)
MSI NX6600GT-TD128E (Single Mode)
MSI NX6600GT-TD128E (SLI Mode)
PowerColor Bravo X700

Memory:

2x 512MB Mushkin PC3200 L2 V2

Hard Drive: 74GB WD Raptor 10k RPM SATA HDD
CDROM: AOpen 52x Combo
PowerSupply: Seasonic Super Tornado 400W
Software Setup

WindowsXP Build 2600
nForce
Catalyst 4.12
Detonator 66.93

Benchmarks

3DMark2001SE
3DMark05
CodeCreatures
AquaMark
Gun Metal 2
X2 The Threat
UT2003
Doom3

AA Test, AF and AA+AF Test
3DMark2001SE
UT2003

The AGP and PCI-E systems use a different motherboard but results are shown for reference.

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Contents of Article: Powercolor Bravo X700
 Pg 1.  PowerColor Bravo X700 Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  — Overclocking and benchmarks...
 Pg 3.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, 3DMark05
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: CodeCreatures
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: AquaMark3
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: Gun Metal 2
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: X2 The Threat
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: UT2003
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: Doom 3
 Pg 10.  Advanced Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, X2: The Threat
 Pg 11.  Advanced Benchmarks: Doom 3

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