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x1650xt review overclock benchmark - performance vs 7600gt
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x1650xt review overclock benchmark - performance vs 7600gt

 If today overclockers would select video card on the upper limit of $180-200, then, I think that majority of us  will select video card GeForce 7600 GT with the 256 Mb memory. The enormous assortment of such video card on the retail market, version with the standard and high frequencies, different assemblies and cooling system, different overclocking potential and the sufficiently simple in the realization pencil voltmod  â€“ all this will draw the attention of  potential buyers .

Company ATI did not rapidly tried to fight the GeForce 7600 GT video card with radeon  x1800 GTO; however, it has to become the rival Of geForce 7600 GT. And matter here is not in the performance, but in the fact that Radeon  x1800 GTO was located (and now it is located) in other price range.

Finally, after the completely successful annoucement of RV570 (Radeon  x1950  pro) was time to release a new graphic chip RV560 and video card on its basis, named Radeon  x1650 XT. Already it is evident on the annoucement that ATI will not  repeat its errors with the release  of radeon  x1600 XT, when recommended price was 249 ($) US dollars (then  lowered to 199, but today similar video card with the memory capacity  of 256 Mb can be buyed with not more than  150 US dollars). The recommended price Of radeon  x1650 XT will be only $149, and, most likely, barrier into 200 US dollars, even taking into account salesmen the video card, Radeon X1650 XT  will hardly step over.

How successful did prove to be new graphical solution? Will Radeon  x1650 XT be able to compete with the geForce 7600 GT? how cool work this card? Answers to these and some other questions you will find in today\'s review.

1. Technical characteristics ATI  radeon  x1650 XT and NVIDIA  geForce 7600 GT

The characteristics of card from ATI are below in the table in  comparison with its competitor from â€“ NVIDIA geForce 7600 GT:

  ATI  radeon  x1650 XT NVIDIA  geForce 7600 GT
Designation of the graphic processor RV560 G73 (TSMC)
Technical process, ma 0.08 0.09
Area of core, sq. mm 270 127
Number of transistors, millions. N/d 177
Operating frequencies of graphic processors, MHz 600 560
Operating frequencies of video memory, MHz 1400
Memory capacity, Mb 256, 512
Memory type GDDR3
Brandwidth of  memory 128 bit
Interface PCI-Express  x16/ AGP

Number pixel shader pipelines,

24 12
Number of textural processors, 8 12
Number vertex pipelines, 8 shch
Supported version : pixel  shaders/vertex shaders 3.0/3.0
Theoretical sampling  textures, Mtex./s ~7130 ~6720
Brandwidth memory, Gb/s ~ 21.7 ~22.4
Peak required power in 3d mode, W N/d < 40
Requirements for the power supply unit, W ~350 ~350 (400 for SLI)
Sizes video card  standard design, mm. 130 X  100 X 25 170 x  100 x 15
Out 2 x DVI (Dual-Link), TV-Out, HDTV-Out, support VIVO
Additionally support  technology  crossFire support SLI mode
Recommended | retail cost video card at the moment , US dollars 149 | N/d 139 | ~155 *

x1650 xt box

2. Video card  powerColor  radeon  x1650 XT 256 Mb, its special feature and  temperature conditions


The height and width of cooling system is equal to 25 mm., this must not prevent the installation of additional PCI- slot in the motherboard.There is no supplemental power connector on the video card , since its power consumption is small. Two bridge on the upper part of the card (the same, as in the reviewd earlier  x1950  pro) are intended for the association of video card in the mode  crossFire.

Video card is equipped with PCI-Express  x16  interface and it has two digital outputs (Dual-Link with the support of high resolutions) and TV- out:

x1650xt connection pannel

Who alwais check our news section already knows for sure , that Radeon  x1650 XT will be released also with the interface AGP.

Here is how look the back side of this video card :

x1650xt back side

The card appears as the follows without the cooling system:

x1650xt without cooler

All 4 video memory chips are located in the face side. The capacity of video memory composes 256 Mb, but to Radeon  x1650 XT it is possible to install even 512 Mb of memories.

Cooling system of this video card is copper plate. :


x1650xt cooling unit

During  work the fan does not change its rpms and it works perceptibly loudly. Taking into account the low energy consumption and heat generated by the video card the fan is noisy.

The  thermo-paste with white color is applied as the thermo-interface between the graphic chip and the base of the cooling system radiator  :

x1650xt cooling unit back side

Cooling unit it is fixed with four screws on the perimeter of chip. Two bond are intended to prevent scratching  the graphic processor, since the latter does not have the protective area.

Graphic processor OF this video card is the RV560 XT it is released in Taiwan in 27-  week of the present year:

x1650xt video chip

Chip functions at the frequency of 594 MHz (600 MHz according to the characteristics), this last is identical in both  3d and  2d- mode. The number of pixel and vertex shader   pipelines is equal to 24 and 8, respectively.

Video card  is equipped with 4 memory microcircuits with the standard GDDR3 from  production of infineon company with the default access time of 1.4 ns:

x1650xt memory chip

The frequency of video memory  card is 1390 MHz with declared according to the technical characteristics as 1400 MHz. Designation of chips memory is – HYB18H512321AF-14. Unfortunately, the memory bus width is  equal to 128 Bit and this strongly limits the performance of this video card. From other side, 256- bit memory bus would require more expensive PCB and in the final analysis Radeon  x1650 XT would not fall into the price segment which it was intended for.

Overclocking the radeon  x1650 XT have almost the same problems as overclocking the radeon  x1950  pro. Unfortunately,  in the case of PowerColor  radeon  x1650 XT we could overclock the graphic processor and also the video card memory :-(. I hope, with the appearance of series products on the chip RV560 we finally will be able to overclock the potential of new video card.

Now time to check  the temperature conditions of this examined video card. For this was used a the test Of firefly  forest from the synthetic graphic benchmark  3DMark 2006 with the utilization of anisotropic filtration in the level 16x (without the full screen antiliasing). The result gooten was in close case system unit at room temperature in 18 degree Celsiuss:

x1650xt riva tunier temperature

70 degrees on GPU and 49 ambiant temperature according to the card â€“ is this a lot for this small  0.08 m  chip and video card working at the default frequencies? In my view, it is  too much. is the cooling system of video card does not possess proper efficiency? Let us check this, after replacing the default cooler by Zalman VF900- Cu LED in silent operating mode to ~1650 RPM:

x1650xt monitoring temperature

The temperature of graphic processor was lowerd by 10 degree Celsiuss, while the ambiant temperature becaume even higher

3. Test and benchmark radeon x1650xt vs 7600gt 

ATI recommended  the cost for radeon  x1650 XT at 149 US dollars as direct competitor  became NVIDIA  geForce 7600 GT 256 Mb from the production of company SYSCONN. The  video card was tested with both : at the default frequencies  560/1400 MHz and with the overclocked version 680/1580 MHz (using the negative geometric delta   unit GPU to 90 MHz).

Testing video card radeon x1650 XT and  its today\'s competitor was done  in  closed casing  system unit :

  • Motherboard: ASUSTek P5B  deluxe/ wiFi-AP (Intel  p965),  LGA 775,  Bios 0711;
  • Processor: Intel  core  2 Duo  e6300  1866 MHz, 266 x  4 MHz FSB, L2 2 x 1024 Kb, SL9SA  malay, (Allendale, B2);
  • Cooling system CPU: Thermaltake  big  typhoon +  noctua NF-S12 120- mm  fan (~800 RPM, ~7 dBA);
  • Thermo-interface: Zalman CSL850;
  • Memory: 2 x 1024 Mb DDR2 PC6400  corsair CM2X1024-6400C4 (SPD: 800 MHz, 4- 4- 4-12);
  • Disk subsystem: SATA- II 320 Gb, Seagate  barracuda 7200.10 (3320620AS), 7200 RPM, 16 Mb, NCQ;
  • Case: ATX ASUS ASCOT  6AR is 2nd B  black&Silver + fan  blowing-in 120- mm + one fan blowing out 120- mm
  • Power supply unit: MGE  magnum 500 (500 W) + 80- mm  fan  glacialTech  silentBlade (~1700 RPM, 19 dBA).
  • Monitor: LCD DELL  1800/1FP  ultraSharp (1280x1024, DVI, 60 Hz).

The processor intel core 2 Duo e6300 with an increase in the voltage to 1.5 V was overclocked to 3450 MHz. memory functioned at the frequency of 986 MHz with latency 4- 4- 4-12.

All tests were done  in  operating system Windows XP  professional  edition SP2. Drivers for motherboard chipset was intel  chipset  dirvers  version Were used the libraries  directX of 9.0c (release date– August of 2006), and also  video card drivers forceWare 91.47 and Catalyst of 6.10 beta.

Testing the performance of video card was  in two resolutions: 1024 X 768 and 1280 x 1024 with the following setups :

  • “High qual”  â€“ in the setup  driver to “High  quality”, anisotropic filtration and full screen antilailiasing are switched off;
  • “High  qual+AF16x+AA4x”  â€“ in the setup  driver to “High  quality”, anisotropic filtration in the level of 16x, and full screen antilailiasing at the degree of 4x.

The activation of anisotropic filtration and full screen antilailiasing was made directly in the games setups  . If the change of those data in the game setups  was inaccessible, their change was made from the drivers control panels  forceWare and Catalyst. All optimization of anisotropic and trilinear filtration in the drivers was switched off. Catalyst A.I is deactivated.

To test the performance of those video card was used the following set of synthetic benchmarks and  games:

  • 3DMark 2005 –  build 1.2.0, resolution 1024 x 768, default  settings;
  • 3DMark of 2006 –  build 1.0.2, resolution 1280 x 1024, default  settings;
  • Serious  sam 2 (Direct 3d) – game version  2.070, standard demo- r
  • Quake 4 (OpenGL) – game version 1.3.0 build 2393, we created our own demo
  • Call Of duty 2 (Direct 3d) – game version  1.3,  setup of textures are displayed on the level Of extra, custum demo
  • F.E.A.R. –  first  encounter Of assault  recon (Direct 3d)  â€“ game version  1.04, the built-in benchmark, all graphique settings during the testing are set to the Maximum, Soft  shadows = On;
  • The elder Of scrolls IV: Oblivion (Direct 3d)  â€“ game version 1.1.425, maximum quality, Bloom effects, distant  rendering
  • Tomb  raider: Legend (Direct 3d) – game version   1.2, maximum quality, Next generation  content = On,
  • Prey (OpenGL)  â€“ game version  1.1, maximum quality,custum demo

4. Performance of ATI  radeon x1650 XT in  comparison with NVIDIA  geForce 7600 GT

The test results of Radeon x1650 XT are noted by red bars, NVIDIA green.

3DMark  2005 & 3DMark 2006

x1650xt vs 7600gt 3d 2005 benchmark result

x1650xt vs 7600gt 3d 2005 benchmark result

x1650xt vs 7600gt 3d 2006 benchmark result

In both synthetic benchmarks leads Radeon  x1650 XT. The overclocking help GeForce 7600 GT to outdistance today\'s competitor only into 3DMark 2006, and in the last year\'s version of this benchmark has the advantage of new ATI  cards.

Serious sam 2

x1650xt vs 7600gt serious sam test

x1650xt vs 7600gt serious sam benchmark

x1650xt vs 7600gt serious sam performance

x1650xt vs 7600gt serious sam test

Sufficiently interestingly was situation with Serious  sam 2. the graphic quality Of radeon  x1650 XT was superior than its competitor in both resolutions. The overclocking Of geForce 7600 GT allow this last to only approach the potential of its competitor on the market. when we activate full screen antilailiasing and anisotropic filtration, Radeon  x1650 XT  to loose over the GeForce 7600 GT. in any case borth card in this case presented a poor frame rate and the game could not be played with such settings.

Quake 4

x1650xt vs 7600gt quake 4 performance

x1650xt vs 7600gt quake 4 performance

x1650xt vs 7600gt quake 4 performance test

x1650xt vs 7600gt quake 4 benchmark

Different results demonstrates the Radeon  x1650 XT  in Quake 4. In all graphic modes used this last video card proves to be faster than GeForce 7600 GT. The overclocking of the latter does not correct the situation. Taking into account that Radeon  x1950  pro (RV570) also win over its competitor in this game so we could affirm that Quake 4 run faster  on the new chips from ATI.

Call Of duty 2

x1650xt vs 7600gt call of dutty 2

x1650xt vs 7600gt call of dutty 2 performance

x1650xt vs 7600gt call of dutty 2 test

x1650xt vs 7600gt call of dutty 2 performance

The performance of new video card from ati is higher the GeForce 7600 GT, and overclocking this last permits to it only to be equalized with the performance of Radeon x1650 XT in resolution 1280 X 1024 with the utilization of full screen antilailiasing and anisotropic filtration. in any case it is necessary to note that comfortable frame rate from the tested today cards  is possible only in resolution 1024 X 768 without any graphic filtration.


x1650xt vs 7600gt fear

x1650xt vs 7600gt fear performance

x1650xt vs 7600gt fear performance test

x1650xt vs 7600gt fear benchamrk

And again The Radeon x1650 XT leads. Overclocking the geForce 7600 GT makes  possible to outdistance its competitor, but without overclocking advantage again is on the side of  ATI.

The elder Of scrolls IV: Oblivion

x1650xt vs 7600gt oblivion benchmark

x1650xt vs 7600gt oblivion benchmark

x1650xt vs 7600gt oblivion performance

x1650xt vs 7600gt oblivion benchmark

Slide  elder Of scrolls IV: Oblivion.this game was always more favorably related to the architecture of ATI chips . Radeon  x1650 XT left behind its competitor in three test modes from four. The overclocking Of geForce 7600 GT makes  possible to return the leadership in the quality modes for nvidia card. As a whole average frame rate still very low in this game, the owners Of Radeon x1650 XT and GeForce 7600 GT will not benefit from quality  modes in this game .

Tomb raider: Legend

x1650xt tomb raider performance review

x1650xt tomb raider performance benchamrk

x1650xt tomb raider performance test

x1650xt vs 7600gt tomb raider performance review

The first and single game from the tested today\'s , where  Radeon  x1650 XT and GeForce 7600 GT are in equality. The game  is a bit faster on NVIDIA video card  chip , but difference is so small,. the geForce 7600 GT overclocking give the required boost to give the finnal lead to nvidia card and such result was for sure expected 


x1650xt review prey

x1650xt performance in prey

x1650xt vs 7600gt performance in prey

x1650xt performance in prey

And Finally the last game , where GeForce 7600 GT unconditionally leads. Moreover the 7600gt look a lot faster than the Radeon  x1650 XT . it look like ati should work in fix for this game.


At last with the second attempt ATI  was possible to release for us a competitor for the GeForce 7600 GT. To make conclusion sufficiently complicated, first the video card from NVIDIA  proved to be successful in the plan of performance with the last cost decrease. . Ati have a success with the new card  radeon  x1650 XT  â€“ and this last have the advantage in the majotity of game .

However, as far as overclocking is concerned  , any attempt to overclock the ati chip result in freeze. . It remains to hope that the problems Of overclocking the radeon  x1650 XT will be solved then we could fully make a finnal conclusion

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