Sapphire X800 Pro

Review

posted 6/4/2004 by John Yan
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Physically the card from Sapphire is exactly like the ATI reference board and is pretty identical to the Radeon 9800XT. That’s going to change with Sapphire soon as they are introducing their Toxic line but until then this line from Sapphire will pretty much be very vanilla. It’s still a single slot solution with one molex connector and a large heatsink. The heatsink doesn’t take as much room on the X800 Pro as it does on the 9800XT card. If not for the different decal on the X800 Pro, you’d probably easily mistaken this card for the 9800XT.



The bundle that comes with the card is pretty sparse as Sapphire’s Redline software, PowerDVD, Tomb Raider: Angel of Darkness are the only things included. For connectors, the card now does include a component connector for those that want to plug the card into a high-def TV. The bundle, while lean, might be upgraded in future releases as they are releasing Prince of Persia: Sands of Time and Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow in the Toxic line. There’s a chance the regular cards will also carry this bundle later on.

Testing on the card is done with Catalyst 4.5 drivers. We compare the X800 Pro to the Radeon 9800XT, both from Sapphire. Here’s the test setup:

AMD64 3200+
ABIT KV8-MAX3
2 - 256MB PC3200 Crucial RAM
Maxtor 120GIG 7200 RPM HD
Windows XP Service Pack 1
Catalyst 4.5
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