ATI Radeon X700 XT review: ATI Radeon X700 XT

We won't call the ATI Radeon X700 XT a bad graphics card--all of the games we tested were playable. But because our tests represent the future of 3D gaming, we feel that for your $200 investment, you should get a product you know will deliver down the road. The long-held sweet spot for frame rates is 60fps at a resolution of 1,024x768. We could forgive a $100 budget card for falling short, but both ATI's and Nvidia's midrange cards should do more.

Doom 3 Custom demo: Caverns - Area 2 (in fps)  (Longer bars indicate better performance)
1,600x1,200, High Quality, with 4X Antialiasing and 8X Anisotropic filtering  
1,280x1,024, High Quality, with 4X Antialiasing and 8X Anisotropic filtering  
1,024x768, High Quality, with 4X Antialiasing and 8X Anisotropic filtering  
Nvidia GeForce 6600GT
17.4 
25.6 
39.7 
ATI Radeon X700XT
14.0 
20.8 
30.9 

Far Cry Custom demo: Rebellion (in fps)  (Longer bars indicate better performance)
1,600x1,200 with 4X Antialiasing and 8X Anisotropic filtering  
1,280x1,024 with 4X Antialiasing and 8X Anisotropic filtering  
1,024x768 with 4X Antialiasing and 8X Anisotropic filtering  
ATI Radeon X700XT
21.5 
31.6 
43.7 
Nvidia GeForce 6600GT
20.3 
29.3 
46.3 

Unreal Tournament 2003: Flyby-Antalus (in fps)  (Longer bars indicate better performance)
1,600x1,200 with 4X Antialiasing and 8X Anisotropic filtering  
1,280x1,024 with 4X Antialiasing and 8X Anisotropic filtering  
1,024x768 with 4X Antialiasing and 8X Anisotropic filtering  
ATI Radeon X700XT
67.6 
94.3 
136.1 
Nvidia GeForce 6600GT
56.6 
92.0 
139.3 

Note: ATI driver used: Catalyst 4.11 (Beta); Nvidia driver used: ForceWare 66.81 (Beta)

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Graphics card test bed:
Intel 3.4GHz P4 Extreme Edition CPU; Micron 1,024MB DDR2 533MHz memory; Intel D925XCV motherboard; Intel 925X chip set; Maxtor 250GB 7B250S0 SATA hard drive; Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2.

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    ATI Radeon X700 XT

    Part Number: CNETATIX700XT Released: Sep 21, 2004
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    • Release date Sep 21, 2004
    • Interface Type PCI Express x16
    • Max Monitors Supported 2
    • Graphics Engine ATI Radeon X700 XT
    • Compatibility PC