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Sapphire ATI RADEON X800 XL

256MB of GDDR3 memory 256-bit memory interface 16 parallel Read more

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Sapphire Radeon X800XL Ultimate Review

4 October 2011
  • Excerpt: Introduction Sapphire X800XL Ultimate A few years ago Sapphire released a truly silent line of cards know as the Ultimate series. These cards used various different models of heatpipe based coolers from Korean cooling company Zalman. The coolers performed remarkably well considering the total lack of any active cooling and people who were interested in true silence took notice.
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Overall 9

Expert Review

PenStar Systems, LLC.
10 June 2005
  • Summary: I like this card.  I like it a lot.  It offers a great amount of performance for its price, and the addition of the Zalman fan keeps things nice, cool, and quiet.  While the board design is strictly reference, the additional cooling seems to have helped with overclocking.  While results will differ from board to board and chip to chip, the addition of this high performing, yet nearly silent cooler, should help in any situation.
  • Pros: Very cool and quiet, Outstanding performance for the price, Excellent connectivity, Excellent 2D and 3D quality, Solid overclocking, Catalyst drivers, No external power connection needed
  • Cons: The heatsink takes up two slots, A bit pricier than a standard X800 XL, Older software bundle, No TRIXX software as of yet, Most X800 XL’s rarely overclock past 440 MHz core
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Overall 9

Expert Review

PenStar Systems, LLC.
21 March 2005
  • Summary: The X800 XL looks to be one of the most exciting products that ATI has produced in a while.  The price/performance ratio of this product is very high, especially once it is offered universally at $299 and lower.  While the $200 price point is the most popular among the majority of users, the $300 mark will enable a significant jump in performance.
  • Pros: Quick for a $299 card, 256 MB of GDDR-3, Solid overclocking potential, Excellent 2D/3D quality, Excellent anti-aliasing quality, Good anisotropic filtering quality, Fan noise level very quiet in standard use, Copper heatsink with good contact, $299 MSRP
  • Cons: Most often found well above $299, Fan can get annoying at 100% speed, RAM sinks on only ½ of the BGA memory chips, No Shader Model 3.0 support
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Overall 9

Sapphire Radeon X800 XL 512MB Review

6 January 2005
  • Conclusion: You can purchase the 512mb card here for $449. At this amount the extra 256MB of memory on Sapphire's Radeon X800 XL comes with quite a price increase over Sapphire's Radeon X800 XL which can be found for $318, a price difference of $131. With virtually no speed increase at all with 512MB of memory it is quite an expense for bragging rights that lack any substance.
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