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Gigabyte GV-RX18L256V-B X1800 XL Videocard Review

Gigabyte GV-RX18L256V-B X1800 XL Videocard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The Radeon X1800 XL GPU is clocked at 500 MHz, and backed by 256MB of Samsung GDDR3 memory that hums away at 1 GHz.
 80% Rating:   
Filed under: Video Cards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Dec 08 2005   Colin Sun  
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Advanced Benchmarks: FEAR, Conclusions

FEAR

Source: Sierra

FEAR is Sierra's latest first person shooter which relies heavily on DirectX 9 features. With its "Soft Shadows" feature enabled, even the fastest videocards run at a crawl, FEAR is definitely the new benchmark for future FPS games to follow.

FEAR 1600x1200 SS Disabled

Anti-Aliasing

FPS

Ranking

Gigabyte GV-RX18L256V-B 2x AA

33

Gigabyte GV-RX18L256V-B 4x AA

23

Gigabyte GV-RX18L256V-B 6x AA

17
Anisotropic Filtering

FPS

Ranking

Gigabyte GV-RX18L256V-B 2x AF

39

Gigabyte GV-RX18L256V-B 4x AF

38

Gigabyte GV-RX18L256V-B 8x AF

39
Gigabyte GV-RX18L256V-B 16x AF 38
Anti-Aliasing and Anisotropic Filtering

FPS

Ranking

Gigabyte GV-RX18L256V-B 2x AA, 8x AF

33

Gigabyte GV-RX18L256V-B 4x AA, 16x AF

22

Gigabyte GV-RX18L256V-B 6x AA, 16x AF

17

FEAR is hard on even the fastest videocards in the market, so the framerates that we're seeing here are not surprising. Nice to know that turning on Anisotropic filtering does not hamper performance with the Gigabyte GV-RX18L256V-B much.

Final Conclusions on Gigabyte's GV-RX18L256V-B

It took ATi a few additional months to release its long awaited R580 graphics processor. Despite some initial consumer concerns with its 16 pixel pipeline, the higher clock speed of ATi's new parts has allowed it to remain pretty competitive.

The Gigabyte GV-RX18L256V-B videocard PCSTATS has tested in this review is based on the Radeon X1800 XL GPU. This core contains 321 million transistors and is manufactured on the 0.09 micron process. The ATI X1800 'R580' core is clocked at 500 MHz, and the Ramdac runs at 1 GHz.

The Gigabyte GV-RX18L256V-B is an intensive graphics card, so users are recommended to have at least a 450W power supply installed in the PC. While the videocard utilizes a fairly substantial single slot cooling system, the GV-RX18L256V-B is actually pretty quiet running.

In terms of performance, ATi still has a bit of work to do. The Radeon X1800 XL's official competition comes from the nVidia GeForce 7800GT, and in most cases performance between the two is neck and neck. In a few instances (like Doom 3, Quake 4, FarCry) the Radeon X1800 XL does not live up to expectations. When it comes to overclocking, the Gigabyte GV-RX18L256V-B was not exceptionally impressive for its maximum overclocked speeds of 521MHz core and 1080MHz memory.

Ultimately though, ATi has delivered a decent GPU right in time for the Christmas shopping season. The Gigabyte GV-RX18L256V-B incorporates a bevy of HD content features, and Gigabyte has assembled a good bundle to compliment the graphics card too. If the idea of running SLI videocards seems silly to you, then the Gigabyte GV-RX18L256V-B may be just the videocard you're looking for. It's quiet, relatively well positioned against the best single videocard from nVidia, and offers great HD content acceleration capabilities in addition to being a fine gaming solution in its own right.

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GV-RX18L256V-B
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte GV-RX18L256V-B X1800 XL Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  Radeon X1800 XL specifications
 Pg 3.  ATI AVIVO High Definition Content Accelerator
 Pg 4.  Overclocking the Gigabyte GV-RX18L256V-B
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: 3DMark03, 3DMark05
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: AquaMark3, Halo
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: Halo
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: FarCry
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: Doom 3
 Pg 11.  Benchmarks: Quake 4
 Pg 12.  Benchmarks: FEAR
 Pg 13.  Advanced Benchmarks: FarCry, Doom 3
 Pg 14.  — Advanced Benchmarks: FEAR, Conclusions

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