Sapphire Atlantis Radeon 9800 XT

Review

posted 11/17/2003 by John Yan
other articles by John Yan
One Page Platforms: PC
The software bundle offers a little more than ATi. It still has a free Steam download code for Half-Life 2 and that alone is a big upgrade over Morrowind. Sapphire was kind enough to also include a free copy of Tomb Raider : Angel of Darkness and a copy of PowerDVD for your viewing pleasure. I’m happy that Sapphire just didn’t stick the card and Half-Life 2 in their box but took the effort to include two other pieces of software. And their Redline overclocking/tweaking software is also in the box as per all Sapphire products.

Cables included a composite cable and an S-Video cable. There’s also a DVI->VGA adapter and an S-Video -> composite adapter. The last include in the package is a power cable splitter. The Atlantis Radeon 9800 XT card needs an external power supply and Sapphire has include a Molex splitter in case you are low on power connectors.

Now that we got the basic stuff out of the way, let’s get into the meat of the review. The card was used in the following test system:

AMD Athlon XP 2400+
512MB PC3200 Crucial ram
ABIT NF7-S motherboard
Maxtor 120GIG 7200 RPM hard drive
Windows XP Service Pack 1

I will be comparing the card to an All-in-Wonder 9800 Pro provided by ATi. The All-in-Wonder 9800 Pro is clocked and performs exactly the same as a regular Radeon 9800 Pro. We’ll be going through various game genres and seeing how they perform against each other as well as seeing how much of a performance hit you get by turning on anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering on the Atlantis Radeon 9800 XT. First up are two synthetic benchmarks.
Page 2 of 6