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Sapphire Radeon X1300 XT Overclock Edition Review

Sapphire Radeon X1300 XT Overclock Edition

Written by John Yan on 10/16/2006 for

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Today we have a card that’s got a new name but is really the same compared to a previous ATI card. If you don’t have much money to spend, this card might be the one for you. So let’s take a look at Sapphire’s Radeon X1300 XT Overclock Edition.

On the surface, the card features the same GPU as the X1600 line which is running at 575MHz. The onboard 256MB of memory is running at 1.38GHz DDR. Because this is an overclocked edition card, it does run slightly higher than a normal X1300 XT card. The card features 12 pixel shader operators and 5 vertex shader operators. As with other X1K cards, the Radeon X1300 XT Overclock Edition supports DirectX 9. 0, Shader Model 3.0, and AVIVO.

Now normal X1300 XT cards run in line with an X1600 Pro but since this is an Overclock Edition, the Sapphire card does out do X1600 Pro spec by 75MHz in CPU. Atleast Sapphire’s pushing out a card that’s silghtly faster rather than going with what the X1600 Pro was originally. Like I said before, I’m not really a big fan of companies renaming their products and selling them under the new name with same specifications of an older model as this just confuses customers even more but Sapphire has done some things to differentiate the card from even the X1600 Pro.

On the bracket are one DVI connector, one VGA connector, and a video out connector. If you need two DVI connections, the package does come with a convertor so you won’t be left out in the cold. Most low end cards don’t have two DVI connectors and the Radeon X1300 XT Overclock Edition is another example of this.

The bundle is pretty light for this setup as it doesn’t include Sapphire’s nice Sapphire Select DVD where you can choose a few games to keep. Instead, you get one copy of The Da Vinci Code, which isn’t a very highly rated game in itself. Other than that you get a Cyberlink DVD software and the Sapphire driver disk. One VGA to DVI convertor does come with the board along with a pigtail featuring component outs as well as a composite video convertor for connecting to older TVs. It’s a pretty sparse bundle and I am a little disappointed they didn’t include the Sapphire Select DVD in here.

At $99, this card is aimed at the low end of the gamer’s market. There’s another market that I think this card could fit into and that’s the HTPC builders looking for an inexpensive card to output video. Yes, the card doesn’t have HDCP but at $99, it should hold you over until you do need a card that does. When running, the card is pretty quiet already so it shouldn’t add much noise if you’re looking for a silent machine. Since it’s in the 1K family, you do get the nice AVIVO video convertor option if you would like to transfer your media to other devices such as a PSP or a PDA as well as transcoding the items to other formats such as MPEG and WMV.

Since the latest Catalyst 6.8 drivers don’t support this card, we use the included driver disk to run the tests. I usually like to use the ATI’s drivers when doing tests but as of this writing, I wasn’t able to. Since this isn’t a powerhouse card, we just ran the benchmarks at the various resolutions without trying to turn on antialiasing or anisotropic filtering. This card isn’t really made to handle those features and still provide a playable framerate on modern games but you’ll be able to use it on some older games if you so desire. We’re going to compare this to Sapphire’s X1650 Pro, which is $30 more than this card.Our test setup included:

  • AMD64 X2 3800+
  • ECS KA3 MVP Extreme
  • 2 GIG Crucial Ballistix PC2-6400 (2 sticks 1GIG each)
  • Seagate 160GIG 7200RPM HDD
  • Windows XP w/ Service Pack 2
  • Catalyst drivers from the package

First up is Futuremark’s 3D Mark 06.

3DMark®06 is the worldwide standard in advanced 3D game performance benchmarking. A fundamental tool for every company in the PC industry as well as PC users and gamers, 3DMark06 uses advanced real-time 3D game workloads to measure PC performance using a suite of DirectX 9 3D graphics tests, CPU tests, and 3D feature tests. 3DMark06 tests include all new HDR/SM3.0 graphics tests, SM2.0 graphics tests, AI and physics driven single and multiple cores or processor CPU tests and a collection of comprehensive feature tests to reliably measure next generation gaming performance today. We tested at the standard 1280×1024 resolution.

Quake 4 is Raven Software’s true sequel to the id classic. The game uses an improved Doom 3 engine for some great graphics. For the test we ran a demo featuring a few enemies and some squad mates. We set the graphics qualities at maximum and ran it on three different resolutions.

One of the surprise hits out of Monolith was F.E.A.R. This supernatural FPS looks incredible and really pushes a video card to its limits. For the benchmark, we ran three resolutions using the in game benchmark with all the settings set at max.

Valve’s game uses their own Source engine to produce some impressive results especially giving us such features as HDR and some great physics. The Lost Coast demo was used in the benchmark with all settings set at maximum. Three resolutions were selected for this test as well.

Prey has been in development for many years but the folks at Human Head finally released the game this year. The game utilizes the Doom 3 engine like Quake 4 and features the really cool Portal technology to garner some interesting game play aspects. All settings were set to maximum and three resolutions were chosen for the test.

The Sapphire Radeon X1300 XT Overclock Edition manages to handle itself pretty well against a card that’s priced about $30 more. For those on a budget, this card gives you performance that’s comparable to a higher priced card and offers up the very nice AVIVO capabilities. HTPC owners wanting to use ATI’s easy conversion utility are able to do so as well. It’s quiet and light on the pocketbooks. Sapphire’s little overclock does help differentiate the card from the crowd. You’ll have to turn down some settings to get some playable framerates out of this card, but for $99 this card is a good buy in that price range.

For a budget card, you’ll get some good performance and AVIVO support. I think this would do well in an HTPC as well since it’s quiet and lets you use AVIVO for come video encoding.

Rating: 8 Good

* The product in this article was sent to us by the developer/company.

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As for what I enjoy, I love action and survival games. I’m more of a PC gamer now than I used to be, but still enjoy the occasional console fair. Lately, I’ve been really playing a ton of retro games after building an arcade cabinet for myself and the kids. There’s some old games I love to revisit and the cabinet really does a great job at bringing back that nostalgic feeling of going to the arcade.

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Silence is Golden: Silent GPU Roundup

by Josh Venningon August 31, 2006 5:50 AM EST

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IndexASUSGigabyteHIS & EVGAAlbatron, Sparkle & MSICards Summary and PricesOverclockingTest SetupBattlefield 2Quake 4Half-Life 2: Episode OneSplinter Cell: Chaos TheoryRise of LegendsF. E.A.R.OblivionLower Quality PerformancePower & HeatFinal Words


Overclocking is a valuable tool when looking to get the most out of your graphics solution. Many card manufacturers sell overclocked versions of their cards, often with positive results. A few of the cards we have come with their own factory overclock, but we make a habit of doing our own user-overclocking whenever we can and this review is no exception.

We were able to overclock these cards using Coolbits for the NVIDIA cards, and a handy program called ATI Tool for the ATI cards. ATI tool has a built in 3D view of a rotating fuzzy cube to test the stability of the card while overclocking on the fly. We use this to get our initial overclocks, and then follow this test up with repeated game benchmarks to ensure that the card runs stably (i.e. without any graphical tearing or artifacts). Below is a list of the cards and the overclocks we achieved, as well as their factory clock speeds.

GPU Overclocking
Factory Clock User Overclock
ASUS NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GT 420/1240 481/1290
ASUS NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GS 512 400/540 483/596
ASUS NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GS 400/800 442/874
ASUS NVIDIA GeForce 6600 GT 500/1000 561/1070
ASUS ATI Radeon X1600 XT 590/690 624/751
GIGABYTE NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GT 560/700 608/734
GIGABYTE NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GS 450/800 549/890
GIGABYTE NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT 450/800 474/858
GIGABYTE NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GS 550/800 644/851
GIGABYTE ATI Radeon X1600 PRO 500/400 580/432
GIGABYTE ATI Radeon X1600 XT 590/690 621/706
GIGABYTE ATI Radeon X1300 PRO 600/400 650/409
GIGABYTE ATI Radeon X1300 450/350 610/405
EVGA NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GS 400/800 445/875
Sparkle NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GS 550/532 611/700
Albatron NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT 400/800 502/884
HIS ATI Radeon X1600 PRO 500/400 597/441
HIS ATI Radeon X1300 PRO 600/400 640/445
MSI NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GS 400/800 441/875
MSI NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT 350/667 486/830

Heat is always an issue when overclocking, and because we are dealing with silent graphics cards, we took extra care when boosting the clock speeds for these cards. Interestingly, all of these cards were able to be overclocked to some degree and saw a degree of performance increase. Of course some overclocked more than others, and there were a few cards that did notably well for us, as our table shows. In particular, the Gigabyte X1300 got a 160 MHz boost in the core clock resulting in about a 23% boost in Battlefield 2 at 1024×768, making the game much more playable at this resolution. The MSI NX7300 GT also got a high overclock in both the core and memory clock. It appears that in general some of the slower cards like the X1300s and 7300s overclock better than the faster ones, which is ultimately good news for those who are limited to the slower cards because of price.

Once we achieved our overclocks for these cards, we again tested performance in Battlefield 2 and Oblivion to get a general idea of the increase in performance with the new clock speeds. As these are two of the most graphically demanding (and popular) games in our testing, their benchmarks are particularly useful to see how well these cards overclock. Keep in mind, however, that how well a card overclocks will vary even between two cards of the same model and manufacturer, so the clock speeds we achieved with our Gigabyte 7600 GS won’t necessarily be what you will see with your Gigabyte 7600 GS.

Battlefield 2 v1.22 Overclocked
800×600 1024×768 1280×1024 1600×1200 Avg. Increase
ASUS 7800 GT Top Silent (481/1290) 60.2 59 58.7 57.5 1.85%
ASUS 7600 GS Silent 512 (483/596) 61.7 56.6 43.8 32.6 11.01%
ASUS 7600 GS Silent (442/874) 60. 7 57.9 47.5 36.3 5.33%
ASUS 6600 GT Silencer (561/1070) 59.1 51.4 38.8 30.3 8.66%
ASUS EAX1600 XT Silent (624/751) 61.7 55.3 39.9 29.2 4.96%
GIGABYTE 7600 GT (608/734) 59.7 58.2 57.5 51.1 1.44%
GIGABYTE 7600 GS (549/890) 60.6 56.6 53.4 41.7 7.64%
GIGABYTE 7300 GT (474/858) 67.3 61.2 38.3 28.9 12.60%
GIGABYTE 7300 GS (644/851) 45. 3 62.2 23.4 17.1 47.40%
GIGABYTE X1600 PRO (580/432) 61.2 63.2 35.3 25.7 2.28%
GIGABYTE X1600 XT (621/706) 62.2 64.2 39.5 27.7 25.38%
GIGABYTE X1300 PRO (650/409) 47.8 65.2 23.2 16.5 30.95%
GIGABYTE X1300 (610/405) 37.6 66.2 18 12.4 82.61%
EVGA e-GeForce 7600 GS (445/875) 60.7 57.9 47.5 36.3 5.33%
Sparkle 7300 GS Ultra 2 (611/700) 42. 3 31.8 21.9 N/A 24.28%
Albatron 7300 GT (488/860) 70.4 55.2 40.2 30.3 22.86%
HIS X1600 PRO (597/441) 61.6 51.2 36.3 26.4 13.79%
HIS X1300 PRO (640/445) 48.1 35.7 23.5 16.8 9.40%
MSI 7600 GS (441/875) 60.6 57.8 47.5 36.3 5.25%
MSI 7300 GT (486/830) 68.4 53.4 39 29.3 34.63%

Oblivion Gate Overclocked
800×600 1024×768 1280×1024 1600×1200 Avg. Increase
ASUS 7800 GT Top Silent (481/1290) 59.7 56.9 47.2 37.5 4.00%
ASUS 7600 GS Silent 512 (483/596) 42.1 32 21.7 16.3 13.32%
ASUS 7600 GS Silent (442/874) 50.7 35.6 25.4 18.5 12.29%
ASUS 6600 GT Silencer (561/1070) 40.6 27.8 19.6 14.9 16.19%
ASUS EAX1600 XT Silent (624/751) 40.2 29.4 20.2 15.5 7.51%
GIGABYTE 7600 GT (608/734) 61.5 53. 9 38 27.6 8.83%
GIGABYTE 7600 GS (549/890) 52.4 42.2 28.1 21.8 14.57%
GIGABYTE 7300 GT (474/858) 38.9 29.7 20 14.9 6.79%
GIGABYTE 7300 GS (644/851) 21 16.1 10.7 7 18.06%
GIGABYTE X1600 PRO (580/432) 32.4 25.2 17.4 13.5 10.61%
GIGABYTE X1600 XT (621/706) 38.7 27.7 20.9 15.7 6.11%
GIGABYTE X1300 PRO (650/409) 28 19. 2 12.9 9.5 11.53%
GIGABYTE X1300 (610/405) 22.4 16.3 11.2 N/A 34.35%
EVGA e-GeForce 7600 GS (445/875) 50.8 35.7 25.5 18.5 12.54%
Sparkle 7300 GS Ultra 2 (611/700) 19.6 14.5 9.7 N/A 26.05%
Albatron 7300 GT (488/860) 41.2 29.9 22 15.9 19.69%
HIS X1600 PRO (597/441) 35.7 27.1 19.1 13.2 17.44%
HIS X1300 PRO (640/445) 26. 5 18.9 13.1 8.5 6.95%
MSI 7600 GS (441/875) 50.6 35.6 25.4 18.5 12.23%
MSI 7300 GT (486/830) 41 30.5 20.4 15.7 37.47%

Now that we have our overclocked performance numbers along side of our factory clocked ones, we can see how well these cards perform overclocked relative to each other. In Battlefield 2, we can see how certain cards that only got borderline-playable framerates at 1600×1200 and 1280×1024 with their factory clock speeds became playable at these resolutions with a bit of overclocking. The MSI NX7300 GT in particular at 1600×1200 gets a 35% increase in frame rate going from 21.7 fps to 29.3 fps. Also, the Gigabyte 7600 GS benefits the most from its overclock to 549 and 890 MHz at 1600×1200 resolution, getting almost a 17% increase in framerate.

In Oblivion, the increases in framerates seem a little more dramatic in the more graphically intensive «Oblivion Gate» benchmark, but we again see a few marked improvements in performance in each benchmark. Again the MSI NX7300 GT and Gigabyte 7600 GS stand out with their performance increases. In this roundup, the Gigabyte 7600 GS sets itself apart from the other three 7600 GS cards (the MSI NX 7600 GS, EVGA e-GeForce 7600 GS, and the ASUS EN7600 GS Silent). Not only is it the only 7600 GS that comes with a factory overclock, but it also manages to achieve the highest user overclock of the four resulting in slightly better overall performance.

Cards Summary and Prices
Test Setup
IndexASUSGigabyteHIS & EVGAAlbatron, Sparkle & MSICards Summary and PricesOverclockingTest SetupBattlefield 2Quake 4Half-Life 2: Episode OneSplinter Cell: Chaos TheoryRise of LegendsF.E.A.R.OblivionLower Quality PerformancePower & HeatFinal Words



ATI X1300 64 bit and nVidia GeForce 6600 64 bit / Overclockers.


It is very interesting to overclock mid-range and higher cards. Performance sometimes increases up to one and a half times. But what to do if the budget does not allow you to purchase a video card worth more than $ 100, and you have up to 80 conventional units allocated for the purchase? How will the low-end class show itself, what is the overclocking potential and how much will the performance of video cards using a 64-bit memory bus increase? Yes, yes, you heard right, the budget class is increasingly switching to 64-bit, at the same price. This review will consider overclocking video cards based on ATI X1300 (RV515) with a 64-bit memory bus, and in contrast — nVidia GeForce 6600 (NV43), also 64-bit. nine0003

So, ATI updated its line of entry-level video cards half a year ago. During this time, stripped-down versions of the basic models have already entered the market to fill a niche up to $ 80. Nobody cut the RV515 chip itself — 4 pixel and 2 vertex pipelines remained in place, the chip frequency is about 450 MHz, as it should be, but the memory . .. Having only 64-bit bus width, the frequency depends on the type of memory and on the video card manufacturer. If the standard version of the video card has a memory frequency of 500 MHz, then in this case it varies, for example, from 486 to 712 MHz. Well, more on that below. nine0003

Let’s start, perhaps, in alphabetical order, and the first on the list will be a video card from ASUSTeK.

ASUS EAX1300/TD/128M/A

As always, the video card from ASUS is in the box, but with a Spartan bundle.

The set contains a brief instruction and two disks — one with a manual, the other with a driver and software:

Asus Video Security Online — allows using a video camera to turn a computer into a video surveillance center
Asus GameLiveShow 1.22 — broadcasts the game in real time to the Internet
Asus GameFace Messenger 2.1 — allows you to exchange messages and arrange game conferences
Asus SmartDoc 4.80 — monitoring utility

Adapters, cords were not included.

The card, as usual at 64 bits, has a narrow design. Nothing out of the ordinary, except for the cable that goes from the video card to the D-Sub connector — it is made in the form of a board soldered to the video card and to the analog connector. And so that the structure is not damaged by mechanical stress, it is protected by a plastic casing. nine0003

The card also has a DVI connector, which is already standard even for the budget class, and a tulip-shaped TV-out. By the way, this is the only card in this test with such a connector, usually either S-Video or HDTV is used lately.

The cooling system, consisting of an aluminum heat sink and the same cover, covers half of the board.

The fan is quite quiet and you won’t be disturbed by the extra noise compared to other coolers. In order to avoid chipping the core, there are three round rubber pads between the board and the heatsink, which were very strongly glued, and it was not so easy to tear the heatsink off the video card 🙂 . nine0003

Well, the board itself without a cooling system:


Memory, as you can see in the photos, in a TSOP package in the amount of four pieces, manufactured by Infineon, with an access time of 4 ns, which corresponds to the operating frequency at 500 MHz, but we’ll see at what frequency it works.

And most importantly — overclocking! The trial version of the Everest Ultimate Edition 2.80 utility was used for diagnostics, and RivaTuner 2.15.8 was used for overclocking. By the 16th release of this wonderful program, the tests had already been completed, so it was not possible to try the new version. From the nominal frequencies, which amounted to, and here is the most interesting, 445 MHz for the core (not 450, as it should be according to the specification), and 243 (486) MHz for the memory — even better,

the card overclocked to 614 MHz for the chip, and 243(486) MHz for the memory.

Yes, the memory did not overclock, and not only on this X1300 instance (most likely the so-called X1300 LE), on any of this review. Neither ATI Tray Tools nor the latest versions of ATITool helped either, the system simply hung after changing the video memory frequency. The fact that the X1300 does not run the memory is not surprising, but the fact that ASUS engineers lowered the frequencies surprised me. Usually NONAME manufacturers suffer from such a disease, but for ASUS … What is the reason for this is not clear. nine0003

Gigabyte GV-RX13128D-RH

A Gigabyte video card was tested in one antistatic package. In general, this time I had to test video cards, half of which were without any additional accessories, there were not even disks with drivers, the rest were boxed.

Let’s get back to the video card. Due to the cooling system, the card seems to be full-sized, but in fact it is as narrow as the ASUS graphics card. nine0003

You can check this by removing the cooling system cover. The D-Sub connector is connected to the board in the usual way — through a cable. Video output S-Video, digital connector, everything is quite standard. The coil, which is located in the case and is filled with a substance similar to epoxy, is striking.

Passive cooling system. The part of the heatsink, which is located behind the board, has through holes, thanks to which additional cooling occurs due to air flows passing inside the case. The thermal interface is yellow gum, which can be washed using our technology. nine0003

The heatsink, in addition to the graphics card core, also cools the MOSFET through a thick thermal pad. And so that the chip does not get chipped around the edges from inept users, there are rubber pads on the radiator. During operation in the nominal mode, the radiator heats up quite strongly, after overclocking, it is impossible to even touch the radiator with your hands. So, if you suddenly overclock the video card, do not forget to additionally cool it with a fan.

Video card without cooling system:

Hynix DDR2 memory, located on both sides of the board, two pieces, access time 2.8 ns, which corresponds to an operating frequency of 714 MHz.

The overclocking of the core turned out to be even slightly higher than in the first case, having overclocked from the nominal 452 MHz to 621 MHz.

The memory naturally did not overclock, and worked at the standard frequency for this type of 356 (712) MHz.

Overclocking with passive cooling turned out to be even better than with active cooling on the ASUS video card. Well, it’s not even bad, if I may say so about the low-end card. And this is despite the «hot» radiator. This time the video card produced by Gigabyte pleased with its capabilities, but there are instances with meager abilities. And this happens, almost once in a while. nine0003

HIS Radeon X1300 HyperMemory II

The only video card that supports HyperMemory technology (an analogue of TurboCash from nVidia, i. e. the use of local memory for the needs of a video adapter) is a card manufactured by HIS. Having 128 MB of memory on board, the video card driver expands it to 256 MB, which can be viewed using the ControlCenter included in the Catalyst:

The HIS video card, like the card from Gigabyte, came to the test in one antistatic bag. Narrow-format design, red textolite, connectors: DVI, S-Video, analog D-Sub connected via a cable — this is, perhaps, a brief summary of the data of this video card. nine0003

Everything seems fine, except for a slightly curved back bar. The reason for this is that the D-Sub connector rests on the connector on the video card.

How could this be allowed during design? Or is it just the use of parts that do not meet the desired characteristics? Well, marriage is done not only here, but also in the east. 🙂

The cooling system is active and quite quiet. The radiator is made of aluminum plate with bent petal fins. The fan is transparent, but, alas, it does not glow — you need to save money. The top is covered with an aluminum lid-lattice. nine0003

This video card also has DDR2 memory, but with an access time of 2.5 ns manufactured by Infineon.

But this video card was not lucky with overclocking. Yes, what kind of overclocking is there, the card showed the worst result even in nominal value. Perhaps the HyperMemory technology did not work quite correctly and even interfered, because there is no other explanation for such a low result in the tests. The standard frequencies of the chip and memory were 452/256(512) MHz, respectively. nine0003

The chip overclocked to only 594 MHz — this is the smallest result of all the X1300 LE included in this review.

So we got acquainted with the X1300 series, or still with the X1300 LE, although these are only the names of the final product, the core remains the same — RV515. Now let’s move on to the competitor — GeForce 6600 128MB 64 bit.

Galaxy GF6600PCI-E 128MB DDR2 64-b

The Californian company has recently accelerated its mid-budget series of video cards based on the GeForce 6600 by increasing the chip frequency by 1.5 times and installing DDR2 memory. So we got one of these cards manufactured by Galaxy. nine0003

The video adapter belongs to the half that comes in the box.

The kit included a disk with a driver and an nvtweak key that allows you to open a partition in the driver for overclocking. Also in the box were two instructions and an S-Video cable.

Slightly shorter board design, no other functional differences. Naturally, there are eight seats for DDR2 memory on the front side of the board, four of which are filled with the corresponding microcircuits. nine0003

All connectors in place: digital DVI, analog D-Sub and TV-out.

The cooling system consists of a copper round plate with a soldered copper accordion

The fan is a little noisy compared to the fans of other participants in this review, but has a blue backlight, which will appeal to very economical modders.

Slightly updated chip:

Memory made by Hynix, with access time of 2.8 ns, like on the X1300 video card made by Gigabyte. nine0003

Having studied the external characteristics of the video card, let’s move on to the core and overclocking. All eight pixel pipelines are in place, as are three vertex pipelines. The frequency of the chip, both in 2D and 3D, is always the same, and is 450 MHz. The memory operates at a frequency of 274 (548) MHz.

The card was overclocked to 559 MHz on the chip and up to 313(626) MHz on the memory.

For a video card based on the GF 6600, this is quite a good result. Another would be a bus width of 128 bits. But for the memory itself with an access time of 2.8 ns, the result of 628 MHz is depressing. nine0003

It remains now to compare all the video cards together.


Test configuration:
Motherboard: Epox NPA+UL (nForce4Ultra)
Processor: AMD Athlon64 3000+@2700 (9×300)
RAM: Hynix D43, 2x512Mb PC3200@245 2. 5-3-3-8-2T, dual channel
HDD: Samsung SP2004C, Samsung SP1213N
Power Supply: Chieftec HPC-360-202-DF

WindowsXP Pro SP2 RUS
RivaTuner 2.15.8
Everest Ultimate Edition 2.80

ForceWare 84.21
ATI Catalist 6.4
nForce chipset driver 6.70

The test configuration was assembled in an open case on a table. The entire system was configured for maximum performance, the firewall and recovery system were turned off, the paging file was set to 1024 MB in size. The drivers were also set to maximum quality, the rest of the settings were set to default.

The following applications were used for the tests:

Doom 3
Half Life 2

The tests were run at a screen resolution of 1024×768 without anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering. In synthetics, only gaming tests were used. In the game Doom 3, the graphics quality was set to «High», in Half Life 2 — the maximum settings, in the game F. E.A.R. graphics quality was set to «High», soft shadows were disabled.

As always, let’s start with a synthetic test — 3DMark2005.

Here it is, the low result of the video card from HIS, does HyperMemory technology really affect performance so much? After all, the card, even at equal frequencies with its «brothers», is at the very end of the performance table. A video card based on the GeForce 6600 shows no less strange result — having eight pixel pipelines, its performance is even worse than that of the four-pipeline X1300. And only acceleration allows you to catch up with the enemy.

Doom 3 follows.

What frequencies, what pipelines — the Doom 3 application was originally tailored for nVidia products, and that says it all. So, you can try to play even on such a video card.

How about Half Life 2?

The application loves powerful GPUs, and the proof is that the GeForce 6600 score is slightly higher than that of the X1300. And you can play on any of these video cards.

And finally F.E.A.R.

With these settings, it is not recommended to play, unless of course you have strong nerves, then go ahead. And the HIS Radeon X1300 HyperMemory II video card is not even recommended to be overclocked — the game didn’t notice it. Well, the GF6600 is in first place, four points behind the fastest X1300 represented by Gigabyte GV-RX13128D-RH. nine0003

What can be said about overclocking a 64-bit low-end? Yes, it can be overclocked, but the effect of this is not the same as if a video card worth at least 100 US dollars was overclocked. All overclocking slows down the memory bandwidth — no matter how hard you drive the video card, the result will not grow as fast as in 128-bit counterparts. So, when buying a video card with an eye on overclocking or just for games, take a card with a 128-bit memory bus, never be seduced by cut-down options, even if their cost is lower by 5-10 dollars. nine0003

And if you still take a video card with a reduced memory bus, and you often «play» 3DMark, then the Gigabyte GV-RX13128D-RH video card is a good choice. It is sufficiently «fast», with passive cooling, and accelerates not badly. If you play real games — Galaxy GF6600PCI-E 128MB DDR2 64-b is just for you. It is not recommended to take the HIS Radeon x1300 HyperMemory II card, for any price. 🙂

Sapphire Radeon X1300 /

Article submitted to the contest «Autumn with Sapphire»


Video cards ATI Radeon X1300 is the youngest representative of the thousandth Radeon series. Low price and support for the latest 3D technologies are the advantages of this series.
The card from Sapphire is one of the typical representatives of this category.


The card, traditionally for this manufacturer, is blue. A small cooler from the time of the Radeon 9550 is installed on the chip. Previously, such cards from Sapphire came with passive cooling. The video adapter is equipped with 128 megabytes of memory, manufactured by Samsung and with an access time of 5 ns.

Everest has reported the following video card information:

The card is identified as X1300 LE. Standard RV515 chip which includes 4 pixel processors, 4 texture units and 2 vertex processors. The memory access bus is 128 bits. Chip frequency 445 MHz, memory 202 (404 — DDR) MHz. Although they should be 450/250 (500) MHz. Another case of savings in the low-end sector. The memory frequency is underestimated, but the memory access bus is 128 bits. This is a plus of this instance. Options from other manufacturers often come with a 64-bit interface.


With the help of the ATI Tool, the frequencies were raised to 640/207(414) MHz without artifacts.

The memory is working at its limit, so it was not possible to get more out of it. And the chip can still be overclocked if the cooling system is improved. But even with such a simple cooler, overclocking over the core was achieved by more than 40%.


For performance testing we used 3DMark 2005 and 3DMark2006 synthetic tests, as well as three real gaming applications — FlatOut 2, Prey and Oblivion. The average fps in games was measured using the Fraps program.

Test configuration:

  • Processor: Sempron 2500 1.4 GHz (overclocked to 1.8 GHz) 754 Socket
  • Motherboard: AsRock K8NF4G
  • Memory: AM1, 2×512 MB, DDR400, timings 2.5-3-3-8
  • HDD: Samsung SP0822N 80Gb
  • Windows XP SP2
  • Catalist 6.6

Based on the results of synthetic tests, we get the following results:

FlatOut 2 was set to 1024×768 resolution, maximum texture quality, 2x anti-aliasing, 8x anisotropic filtering.

In Prey, detail and effects are set to maximum with anti-aliasing and anisotropy disabled.

The first run of Oblivion showed how weak this video adapter is for this game. I had to reduce the quality of the graphics almost to a minimum. The resolution is 1024×768, all shadows in the game are disabled, the range of visibility and rendering of all objects, characters and grass is set to 50%, bloom is enabled. Anti-aliasing and filtering are disabled, textures are at the minimum value. The version of the game was used. 1.1.511 from 1C. Testing took place at locations near the Blue Road. You won’t really feel the beauties of the game with such settings.

Game test results:

Poor performance in all respects. Although the video card supports all modern graphics technologies, you still won’t be able to see them. This is especially noticeable against the backdrop of a game like Oblivion. Only in FlatOut 2 you can get normal performance, and then on condition that the quality of the graphics is reduced relative to that which was set in the test. Playing Oblivion is not recommended at all, so as not to spoil the impression of the visual component of the game. It is possible to achieve normal performance only with overclocking, and then practically at the minimum graphics settings.


The overclocking potential of the Sapphire Radeon X1300 video card made me happy. With standard cooling, the frequency increase for the chip was 44%. The increase in performance in synthetic tests was 11 and 15% for 3DMark03 and 3DMark06, respectively, in games — 15 (FlatOut 2), 34 (Prey) and even 70% in Oblivion. True, it was not possible to achieve acceptable fps — everything rests on slow memory.

It should be noted that in the same price category with this video card is, for example, Radeon X700 128Mb, which provides much higher performance for the same money. Even overclocking does not save the situation. Judging by the results of testing, we can’t recommend X1300 for purchase (even as an alternative to integrated video) in good conscience.