Sapphire X800 XT

Review

posted 10/14/2004 by John Yan
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ATI’s line of high end graphics cards has another entry as today we are taking a look at the X800 XT from Sapphire. The card is situated between the X800 Pro and the X800 Platinum Edition. While we haven’t really seen a good amount of PE cards, we should be seeing more of the X800 XT cards in circulation.



The X800 XT from Sapphire is a pretty vanilla card. I’d like to see the Toxic treatment given to this card but right now the only one available is the regular edition. Looking at the card, it would be hard pressed to see the differences between the XT and Pro edition if not for the fact that on the back of the card, there is a small sticker specifying that it is an XT model. The cooling solution is pretty standard here as well.

As far as the specifics of the card, the X800 XT features the full 16 pipes unlike the 12 pipes that is available in the X800 Pro card. Clock frequencies are at 500MHz core and 500MHz memory. Speeds are moderately less than the Platinum Edition and you can see the comparison below along with the X800 Pro in the picture.



One of the nice things about Sapphire’s offerings are the bundles and the X800 XT card I received features their latest bundle that wasn’t in the initial X800 Pro card that Sapphire sent me. Two great games, Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow and Prince of Persia: Sands of Time are included along with a good software suite. That’s two well received game that’s a great addition to anyone’s library.

AMD64 3200+
2 - 256MB PC3200 ram from Crucial
ABIT KV8-MAX3 motherboard
Maxtor 200GIG 7200 RPM harddrive
Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 1
Catalyst 4.9

For this review I’m going all game benchmarks, no synthetic benchmarks. First up will be a new one to our lineup: Doom 3
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