When ATI launched the X800 series of graphics cards it
consisted of the X800 Pro, X800XT and X800 XTPE. Back
in November ATI released some updates to that range, those
being the X800XL and X800 standard. We had our first look
at the X800XL a couple of weeks back and were very impressed
and now we’ve received our first retail X800 sample
in for review. The X800 (£175) is priced in between
the X700Pro (£140) and X800XL (£220) Radeons
so it’s those cards we are testing against today.
The Radeon X800 comes with 256mb of memory
and is clocked at 391/351. In comparison the X800XL (like
the X800XT) is a 16 pipeline design the X800 closer in
design to the X800 Pro and therefore features a 12 pipeline
design. The core is of course a R430 and the card is running
on PCI Express.
The card itself comes on a cool blue
PCB and features the standard mainstream configuration
of 1 DVI port rather than Dual DVI. When I opened the
box I saw the cooler design and was quite disappointed,
not because it looks particularly bad but because it is
quite similar to the X700’s design which is slightly
noisy. Luckily however Sapphire have improved on the X700
design (fan blades) and so the X800 cooler is just as
quiet as the previous X800 models. You’ll notice
also that no external power connector is required and
therefore that all power for the card comes through the
PCI express bus.
On the front of the card the memory is
cooled by the heatsink/fan however on the rear the chips
are not cooled as you can see from the picture below.
With this being a lower priced card you
can also see that there is no rage theatre chip.
One very good selling point however is
the memory sapphire are using on the X800, although the
card is stock clocked at 350mhz for the memory the spec
is 2.0ns and so should be good (in theory) up to 500mhz.
We shall look at what the card is capable of in overclocking
later in the article.