Sapphire X850 XT PE

Review

posted 9/9/2005 by John Yan
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For the heavy hitter, you’re going to pay the price though. At $399 at Newegg.com, the card certainly isn’t priced for everyone. But then again, this card isn’t for everyone and only for those looking for the fastest AGP ATi card around. Don't worry though as the card's price should be dropping soon with the R520 card being announced in the near future.

Sapphire’s bundle consists of two good games in Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow and Prince of Persia: Sands of Time The bundle is showing it’s age a little bit but the new program that Sapphire’s running should take care of that. You’ll also get the usual array of video software such as PowerDVD and Power Director. With Sapphire’s new process though, this bundle’s showing its age.

Cables and connectors included are the basics that come with most Sapphire cards. You’ll get an S-Video cable, a DVI to VGA adapter, a composite cable, component connector, and the VIVO connectors. The VIVO connectors feature two composite connectors and two S-Video connectors so you'll get an input and an output for both. For those that want to connect the card to an HDTV, the included component outputs will do the job.


Our test system consists of:

AMD64 3200+
2 512MB PC3200 Corsair ram
ABIT KV8-MAX 3
120GIG 7200RPM Maxtor HD
Windows XP Professional w/ Service Pack 2
Catalyst 5.7

We'll be comparing the card to two previous Sapphire offerings in the 9800 XT and the X800 Pro.
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