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ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT 256MB

By Vincent Chang - 28 Jun 2007

Test Setup

Test Setup

The Radeon HD 2400 XT 256MB and the other graphics cards in our comparison were all tested on a system using an Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 (2.66GHz) and an Intel D975XBX 'Bad Axe' motherboard. This was supplemented by 2GB of low latency DDR2-800 HyperX memory from Kingston, running in dual channel mode. A Seagate 7200.7 SATA hard drive was also chosen and installed with Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 2 and DirectX 9.0c.

Building on our previous review of the NVIDIA mainstream DirectX 10 graphics cards, the GeForce 8600 and 8500 series, we have identified the GeForce 8500 GT as the main competitor for the Radeon HD 2400 XT. And as established in that article, the GeForce 8500 GT performs quite similarly to a typical GeForce 7300 GT so if you have one of those, you know which bar on the graph to follow. Both the Radeon HD 2400 XT and the GeForce 8500 GT are in a similar price range of just under US$100, so that makes it all the more ideal for comparison.

From ATI's lengthy list of lower end cards, we chose the Radeon X1650 PRO, since it's the slowest of ATI's mid-range and it would interesting to see how it compares against the new low-end Radeon HD 2400 series. Then, there is the Radeon X1300 XT, which is essentially a rebadged Radeon X1600 PRO. A former mid-range graphics card, it has been 'downgraded' to budget status with the advent of faster GPUs and we'll see if it will stand against the newest low-end graphics card from ATI.

All the graphics cards were tested at reference clock speeds. The drivers used for the NVIDIA card is ForceWare 158.16 while the older ATI Radeons were on Catalyst 7.2. We tried using the latest Catalyst 7.6 for the PowerColor Radeon HD 2400 XT but for some reason, it found our hardware incompatible and refused to install, despite the fact that ATI's own release notes claim to support it. In the end, we had to rely on a beta driver package (version 8.39 RC4, which is a slightly newer variant of the Catalyst 7.6 drivers) to get our card running. The benchmarks tested are listed below:

  • Futuremark 3DMark05 (ver. 120)
  • Futuremark 3DMark06 (ver. 102)
  • Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory (ver 1.3)
  • FarCry (1.4 Beta)
  • F.E.A.R
  • Company of Heroes (ver 1.3)
  • Quake 4 (ver 1.2)
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