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PowerColor X700 PRO Videocard Review
PowerColor X700 PRO Videocard Review - PCSTATS
With six vertex rendering pipelines, the Radeon X700 should beat out the GeForce 6600 in rendering images that have a lot of polygons.
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External Mfg. Website: PowerColor Dec 23 2004   C. Sun  
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Radeon X700 Technology and Overclocking

The 110 million transistor ATI Radeon X700 core (aka R410) is built on TSMC's 0.11 micron manufacturing technology and is closely based on the high-end Radeon X800 core. To ensure that the X700 does not compete with the more profitable X800 GPU, ATi has cut down the core to just eight pixel rendering pipelines (as opposed to 12 for the X800 Pro, 16 on the X800 XT\PE). ATi also reduced the memory controller size from 256bit to 128bit. The otherwise hobbled Radeon X700 Pro still has the same six vertex pipelines, which means at the same clock speeds the X700 can, in theory, pump out as many triangles as its high-end brothers.

There are three members of the Radeon X700 family; the upmarket X700 XT runs with a core speed of 475 MHz and a memory speed of 1.05 GHz, but only comes equipped with 128MB of memory. Then there is the X700 Pro (as used on the PowerColor X700 PRO) which has a core speed of 420 MHz, memory speed of 864 MHz and comes with 128 or 256MB of memory. Finally, the budget X700 has a core speed of 420 MHz, 700 MHz memory speed and comes with 128MB of DDR.

Overclocking this bad boy!

We've had quite a bit of luck overclocking ATi cards recently and were hoping this tradition would continue with the PowerColor X700 PRO. Starting with the core at a stock 425 MHz, we passed the 450, 460 and 470 MHz marks quite easily. The core seemed to max out at around 483 MHz. Anything higher and the card would lock up while running benchmarks.

Since the X700 PRO uses Samsung K4J553430F-G20 BGA DRAM, we hoped to be able to push the memory quite far. Starting at the memory's default 864 MHz speed, we were ultimately able to stretch it past the 1 GHz mark, which was quite good. In the end the memory settled at a nice 1.04 GHz.

We had some problems running the core and memory at their maximum overclocked speeds together, and we had to lower both a bit to get the system stable. In the end we settled for 474 MHz core and 1.02 GHz memory speeds to keep everything playing nicely.

PCStats Test System Specs:
system 1 system 2

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

gigabyte 8anxp-d, i925x

gigabyte 8knxp, i875p


gigabyte gv-rx60x128v
gigabyte gv-nx57128d
msi pcx5750-td128
albatron trinity pc5900
asus extreme eax600xt
gigabyte gv-rx70p256v

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


2x 256mb crucial ballistix ddr2

2x 256mb corsair twinx 3200ll

hard drive: 40gb wd special ed 40gb wd special ed
cdrom: gigabyte dvd burner msi x48 cd-rw/dvd-rom
powersupply: vantec stealth 470w vantec stealth 470w
software setup

windowsxp build 2600
intel inf 6.0.1012
catalyst 4.11
detonator 66.93

windowsxp build 2600
intel inf 6.0.1012
catalyst 4.11
detonator 66.93


gun metal 2
x2 the threat

aa test, af and aa+af test
x2 the threat

the agp and pci-e systems are different, but the results are included for reference. we usually run aquamark3 tests, but unfortunately this benchmark refused to run with the powercolor x700 pro.

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Contents of Article: PowerColor X700 Pro
 Pg 1.  PowerColor X700 PRO Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  — Radeon X700 Technology and Overclocking
 Pg 3.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, 3DMark05
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: CodeCreatures
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: AquaMark 2.3
 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: UT2003

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