Home

News

Forums

Hardware

CPUs

Motherboards

Video

Guides

CPU Prices

RAM Prices

Compare Prices



Sharky Extreme : Video cards November 2, 2008





Be a Marketplace Partner








 Advertising Info

About the Double-Underlined Links



 - Most Active Threads
 - Technical Support
 - CPUs & Overclocking



Latest News


- SanDisk Unveils ExtremeFFS for Improved SSD Performance
- Alienware Unleashes the ATI CrossFireX-powered M17 Notebook
- OCZ Introduces a 15" Do-It-Yourself Gaming Notebook
- Dell Unveils Four New OptiPlex Desktop Platforms
- HP Introduces Three New Mini 1000 PC Models
News Archives

Features

- SharkyExtreme.com: Interview with Microsoft's Dan Odell
- SharkyExtreme.com: Interview with ATI's Terry Makedon
- SharkyExtreme.com: Interview with Seagate's Joni Clark
- Half-Life 2 Review
- DOOM 3 Review

Buyer's Guides

- September Extreme Gaming PC Buyer's Guide
- July High-end Gaming PC Buyer's Guide
- May Value Gaming PC Buyer's Guide

HARDWARE

  • CPUs

    - Intel Core i7-965 XE & Core i7-920 Review

  • Motherboards

    - Intel DX48BT2 (X48) Motherboard Review
    - AMD 790GX Chipset Review
    - Gigabyte GA-MA790FX-DS5 Motherboard Review
    - AMD 780G Chipset Review

  • Video Cards


    internet.commerce
    Be a Commerce Partner














    internet.com
    IT
    Developer
    Internet News
    Small Business
    Personal Technology
    International

    Search internet.com
    Advertise
    Corporate Info
    Newsletters
    Tech Jobs
    E-mail Offers


  •   


    Sapphire HD 2600 XT Ultimate 256MB Review
    By Vince Freeman :  November 29, 2007

    F.E.A.R. Performance

    F.E.A.R. (or First Encounter Assault Recon) is a one of the newer entrants to our game benchmark suite, and it features jaw-dropping graphics, a killer Matrix-like "reflex time" feature, and a physics engine that can bring any system to its knees. This Monolith production includes a wide selection of System and Video settings, along with an in-game testing module to keep things 100% comparable between different graphics cards. In this case, as we are dealing with video card performance, so we have racked the computer and graphics settings to high (max only increases AF and AA) and then testing at the different resolutions.

    F.E.A.R. is one of the most demanding game benchmarks in our entire suite, and its overall design rewards both pure graphics performance and an SM 2.0/3.0 feature set. The Sapphire HD 2600 XT Ultimate 256MB card offers some good scores here, but nothing out of the ordinary, and certainly not displaying class-leading performance. It still falls slightly behind the GeForce 7600 GT, while not even coming close to the GeForce 8600 GTS.

    F.E.A.R. AA and AF Widescreen Performance

    Once we transition to 4X AA and 8X AF widescreen detail settings, all of the cards drop back considerably, and the memory bandwidth definitely comes into play, knocking the GeForce 8600 GTS for a loop. The Sapphire HD 2600 XT Ultimate 256MB does better in relative terms, slipping by the GeForce 7600 GS, but now it's behind the Radeon X1650 XT.

    Company of Heroes Performance

    Company of Heroes is one of the more recent addition to our game benchmark suite, and true to form, it offers one of the most demanding benchmark environments ever. CoH is a WW2 real-time strategy game, which again provides us with a nice change of pace from the usual FPS benchmark. To give the video cards an even tougher time, we have enabled SM3.0, and set every available graphics option to High.

    Company of Heroes is another very demanding game benchmark, and this is an area where the Sapphire HD 2600 XT Ultimate 256MB really shines. The Sapphire card manages to outperform both the GeForce 8600 GTS and 7900 GS, while taking a back seat to only the still-powerful Radeon X1950 Pro.

    Company of Heroes AA and AF Widescreen Performance

    It is the same story when we move to the widescreen/higher detail settings, and the Sapphire HD 2600 XT Ultimate 256MB again finishes a close second to the Radeon X1950 Pro.



    Page 1 The Sapphire HD 2600 XT Ultimate 256MB Card
    Page 2 Test Setup and Benchmark Software
    Page 3 DOOM 3 and Quake 4 Performance
    Page 4 Farcry and Supreme Commander Performance
  • Page 5 F.E.A.R. and Company of Heroes Performance
    Page 6 Lost Planet and Crysis Performance
    Page 7 3DMark06 Advanced Feature Performance
    Page 8 Benchmark Analysis, Value and Conclusion

    Copyright(c) 2008 Jupitermedia Corporation. All Rights Reserved. Legal Notices | Licensing , Reprints , & Permissions | Privacy Policy


    internet.comearthweb.comDevx.commediabistro.comGraphics.com

    Search:

    Jupitermedia Corporation has two divisions: Jupiterimages and JupiterOnlineMedia

    Jupitermedia Corporate Info

    Legal Notices, Licensing, Reprints, Permissions, Privacy Policy.
    Advertise | Newsletters | Tech Jobs | Shopping | E-mail Offers