Sapphire X800 XL


posted 2/14/2005 by John Yan
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We’re starting to see a lot of PCI-E cards hitting the market as we’re in this transition period between new technologies. There’s a nice range of choices and today we have a card that’s not on the high end of the spectrum but it’s up there and should provide some fast gaming. Sapphire was kind enough to send us the ATI Radeon X800 XL to test out.

Announced a few months ago, the Radeon X800 XL is a PCI-Express native card built on the .110nm manufacturing process with 16 pipelines and 256MB of memory with a 256-bit memory interface. The clock speed of the card sits at 400MHz engine clock speed and 490MHz (980MHz DDR) fir the memory clock speed. With the specs, the card has potential pixel fillrate of 6.4 Gpixels/sec.

As far as features go, there’s nothing new in terms of support for technology. It might be a few more months before we see something new to the Radeon line but the features in the X800 XL contains the same feature support as the previous cards. Here’s a comparison of a few of ATI’s cards:

The Radeon X800 XL fills in the $300 price range for a PCI-E video card but can you get it for that much? A current scan of pricwatch and pricegrabber shows prices of $370 and up; certainly making this card’s price to performance ratio invalid with what the card should be selling for. Until we see these cards in higher circulation, the price will stay high. That’s too bad as I think this card would be a great seller at its MSRP once you see the benches this card puts up.
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