Over the nine years since its inception by the Tul Corporation (nee CP Technologies), the PowerColor brand has risen from relative obscurity to a global name well-associated with graphics adapters. Initially, the company offered products based on a variety of IHV models but now they solely produce ATI-chipped graphics cards.
As with all large add-in board vendors, PowerColor have retail packages for every possible sector of the market but in this review, we shall be examining two items from their X1300 series range - the bottom end of ATI's first SM3.0 generation of graphics chips. Specially we are looking at the models which mark the highest and lowest sections of the budget category, namely the X1300 PRO BRAVO Edition and the X1300 128MB.
ATI, like nearly every other IHV of graphics adapters, use the same chip architecture across all of their range of a specific generation - the differences comes from reducing the number of parallel sectors, such as vertex processors or fragment pipelines, and mechanical aspects such as clock speeds and memory configurations. Both PowerColor samples tested in this review sport the RV515 graphics processor:
|ATI RV515 details|
|Foundry and process||90nm @ TSMC, 100M|
10mm x 10mm
|Basic Pipeline Config||
4 / 4 / 4
Textures / Pixels / Z
4 x 32-bit
|System Interconnect||PEG x16|
|Display Pipeline||Dual 400MHz RAMDAC, Dual Dual-DVI, Xilleon TV Out|
The X1300 chip offers the following range of features and functionality to developers and end users alike:
A deeper analysis of these aspects of the graphics processor can be viewed by reading our review of the R520 (Radeon X1800) chip - the primary design from which the RV515 is derived. In addition to this, one may wish to first read our examination of the reference ATI Radeon X1300 PRO before continuing with our PowerColor review.