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PowerColor Radeon X1950 XT 256MB

By Vincent Chang - 23 Nov 2006

Test Setup

Test Setup

For our benchmarks, we used a system configured with an AMD Athlon 64 FX-55 (2.6GHz) processor running on a MSI K8N Diamond Plus motherboard. We also installed 1GB of DDR400 low latency memory from Kingston in dual channel mode and a Seagate 7200.7 SATA hard drive. The operating system used was Windows XP Professional and this was updated with Service Pack 2 and DirectX 9.0c.

Like we mentioned earlier, the official Catalyst 6.11 drivers from ATI's website does not recognize the PowerColor Radeon X1950 XT so we had to fall back to the ones included by the vendor, which turned out to be based on Catalyst 6.10. We did not include the almost retired GeForce 7900 GTX, since most should know that its performance is in the ballpark of a Radeon X1950 XTX and in most cases, slightly inferior. Below is a list of the graphics cards we compared the PowerColor against, along with their driver versions used for testing.


  • PowerColor Radeon X1950 XT (Catalyst 6.10 - 8.30 drivers)
  • MSI RX1950XTX-VT2D512E (Catalyst 6.9 modified - 8.29 drivers)
  • ATI Radeon X1900 XT 512MB (Catalyst 6.8)
  • PowerColor Radeon X1950 PRO 256MB (Catalyst 6.9 modified)
  • NVIDIA GeForce 7950 GT 512MB (ForceWare 91.47)

And the following benchmarks were tested:

  • Futuremark 3DMark05 (ver. 120)
  • Futuremark 3DMark06 (ver. 102)
  • Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
  • F.E.A.R
  • Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay
  • Quake 4
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