Sapphire Toxic X800 Pro VIVO

Review

posted 8/3/2004 by John Yan
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Another major part of the Toxic line is the A.P.E. system. A.P.E. stands for Automated Performance Enhancement and will help overclock the card’s memory. By installing the software and pressing the button, you’ll get a guaranteed boost in performance. That’s right, Sapphire will guarantee the performance boost of their Toxic line to a certain level. The line is suppose to have the memory pre-tested to ensure they perform at the level Sapphire specifies so each Toxic card will give you more performance. And best of all, your warranty is still valid as you’re not doing anything physically to the card to overclock it. With A.P.E. installed, the Toxic X800 Pro VIVO was pushed to 475MHz clock and 1040MHz memory speed. That’s a nice little bump from the stock 900MHz memory speed of all the other X800 Pro cards. We’ll see in our tests how much more you can push the card with the A.P.E. system.

Video in and video out is also supported by the card via a breakout cable. This is one of the few X800 Pro cards that have VIVO capabilities. Also in the bundle are two good games in Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow and Prince of Persia: Sands of Time. The two games seem to be making the rounds in video card bundles as Leadtek had these two games too. PowerDVD and PowerDirector are also included for your multimedia needs.

When Sapphire says the card runs quiet, they aren’t lying. With the card plugged into my system, I couldn’t really hear the fan running at all. Sapphire had to break away from the heatpipe solution that the Zalman products provided as the newer cards generated too much heat. The Artic Cooling solution used is just what the card needed.

So let’s get on with the tests. With the system running with A.P.E., that should be considered as the default setting as Sapphire intended that to be the guarantee performance spec. We’ll show the base system without A.P.E. installed just for comparison sakes. I was able to overclock the card to 550MHZ/1100MHz, which is close to X800 PE speeds but without the full 16 pipes and texturing units enabled. Our test system consists of:

AMD64 3200+
2 - 256MB PC3200 ram from Crucial
ABIT KV8-MAX3 motherboard
Maxtor 120GIG 7200 RPM harddrive
Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 1
Catalyst 4.7 with Redline installed
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