PowerColor X1600 XT BRAVO Edition

by Rob Williams on March 13, 2006 in Graphics & Displays

Are you building a new PC or HTPC and are looking for a great budget card? PowerColor may have exactly what you need, with their X1600XT 256MB. It offers great gaming performance for a budget card, and includes the AVIVO technology to make your video experience even better.

Battlefield 2

Battlefield 2 is one of the most power hungry games on the market today. Every aspect of your computer can make a substantial difference on the game, whether it be a slow CPU or slow ram. Of course, it was quickly evident that in order to play this game comfortably, you really need at least 2GB of speedy memory.

The level I chose to play in was an offline match in the Dalian Plant. I play the game offline due to the fact that each benchmark run is only 5 minutes long, so there’s little point to make an online event out of it. Thankfully, the offline experience closely mimics the online counter-part.

Both runs used the default graphics settings, with the AA bumped up to 4x.

The game played like a dream at 1024*768, but at 1280*1024 the game did seem a little sluggish at times. I am sure the game could end up being unplayable if you were to get in a massive battle with many people. Again though, the X1600XT gave us great performance with over 45 FPS at 1280*1024. Not bad considering just how demanding this game is!

Let’s now take a look at one of the top WWII shooters of all time, Call of Duty 2.