Date: December 20th, 2005
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
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VIDEOCARD PICTORIAL & WALKTHROUGH
Let's take a walk around this card and get you acquainted with your possible future multifunctional purchase.
Just to continue on how large this new videocard is, I decided to take a photo of is beside an All in Wonder 9800pro. As you can see, the card is an additional 25% bigger and weighs a considerable amount more. You will see why in the upcoming photos.
Most of the weight is because of this large copper active VPU/Memory cooler. The fan is temperature controlled and as you will see in the upcoming sections, it will be needing it. The new X1x00 line has been rumored to be quite warm and with the temperatures I am seeing when stressing and overclocking, you will need every single cfm out of this cooler to keep things working properly. The power regulator ICs also have a passive cooler for stability. Both of these coolers get too hot to even touch. I will talk about this more in the overclocking section.
Turning the videocard over will show you that all the memory modules are cooled through the main cooler and there are no modules left to cool passively on their own. This is a definite improvement over the older All in wonder's seeing they had none or only partial memory modules properly cooled. This hopefully will allow for some better overclocking.
For the AIW X1800XL, ATI decided to continue ditching the large Philips analog tv tuner seen on previous AIW versions and used the smaller Microtune based digital TV tuner which was first brought forward with the release of the AIW X600pro. Using the smaller TV tuner saves a lot of PCB space, weight and cost along with the flexibility, low power consumption and higher efficiency of a digital signal processor.
The onboard memory consists of eight 32meg 2.0ns DDR3 memory capable of ~500Mhz (1Ghz DDR). ATI decided to stick with Samsung chips seeing they one of the most stable memory solutions on the market today.