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Sapphire Radeon X850XT Platinum Edition AGP Review - Benchmarks - Quake III Arena

Today we're looking at Sapphire's X850XT PE, or Platinum Edition. Not only that, but we'll be testing it in the AGP format since many of our readers have perfectly serviceable AGP motherboards and haven't felt the dire need to move on to PCI-Express as yet. So kick up your heels and relax as we take a tour of the latest and greatest offering from ATI in the form of the X850XT and we'll see how it compares to its smaller brother, the X800XT!

| AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Aug 30, 2005 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.0%Manufacturer: Sapphire

Quake III Arena

 

Version and / or Patch Used: Unpatched

 

Timedemo or Level Used: Demo001

 

Developer Homepage: http://www.idsoftware.com

 

Product Homepage: http://www.idsoftware.com/games/quake/quake3-arena/

 

Buy It Here

 

 

Quake III Arena is a real-world OpenGL benchmark that we have been using here at TweakTown for quite a while now because it has proven itself to be one of the best gaming benchmarks around to compare a wide range of different products. Quake III Arena is getting very old, but is still one of the best ways of testing video and PC systems for any instability and best performance hence the reason we are still using it today.

 

 

When I test with Quake III Arena, I always max out all visual settings to at least try to make it a challenge for the component in question. This is why I don't garner the 600-700+ FPS rates that you might see elsewhere. It still doesn't make a whole lot of difference, however, and you'll see that both boards are nearly identical in overall performance. I'm thinking that we've just about come to the end of usefulness of this particular benchmark, but a lot of folks still like to see the Q3 numbers so we'll continue to plod on.

 

How much does it cost?

 

Sapphire Technology RADEON X850 XT Platinum Edition, (256 MB) Graphic Card

 

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