ATi Radeon X1900 XTX review

£289
Price when reviewed

The X1900 XTX will effortlessly run any game currently available. Its core is clocked at 650MHz with 512MB of 775MHz memory: roughly the same as Nvidia’s 7900 GTX, which has the same core clock but 800MHz RAM. However, our tests showed that ATi’s monster is the faster card overall.

ATi Radeon X1900 XTX review

But let’s make one thing clear: don’t buy this card if your monitor is limited to 1,280 x 1,024. This is why we test the high-end cards at 1,600 x 1,200, and the XTX returned a comfortable 53fps in Far Cry. However, it was Call of Duty 2, with its texture-intensive graphics and advanced particle effects, that showed what the XTX is really capable of. It was the only card to break 40fps, and only the X1900 XT came close to matching that.

This Connect3D card has two dual-link DVI connectors, so it can drive the latest super high-resolution displays, and also offers cables for S-Video and component connections. Like all of ATi’s X1800 and X1900 series cards, it supports video capture over S-Video and composite, and as with all the Connect3D cards Tenomichi 3DEdit Silver comes in the box.

At £34 cheaper than the 7900 GTX, the X1900 XTX has a clear edge. But, we recommend the X1900 XT, as its slight drop in frame rates is made up for by the further £25 saving.

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