Date: June 8th, 2006
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Sapphire
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Additional Features (From Sapphire)
- Heatpipe Cooler Technology
- Quiet Operation
- 500Mhz Core Clock / 405Mhz (810Mhz DDR) Memory Clock
A tool for the performance oriented, the Sapphire X1600 PRO comes equipped with the hardware muscle to deliver an entire realm of fantasy right to your desktop due in large part to the awesome feature-set of the RADEON X1600 core, robust onboard memory configurations and 12 pipeline architecture. An impressive hardware compilation supporting CrossFire™ paired with support for Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0 Shader Model 3.0 ensures future compatibility and the advent of the ATI Avivo™ Video and Display Platform ensures that you will not have to be limit your fantasies to just your desktop.
Seeing this is a product that has not hit the retail channels yet, the product was sent in plain brown cardboard packaging. The card will be exactly the same thing you will receive if you decide to make a purchase.
As always, you will receive your Driver and Installation CD and a Sapphire case badge. Expect also to receive some sort of VIVO software and a user's manual in the retail version.
The hardware bundle is exceptional and should get you up and running if you plan on using the VIVO capabilities of this videocard. Included is an S-Video and composite video cable, a composite cable coupler, an HDTV out put dongle and a DVI to analog VGA converter. There isn't much missing out of this hardware kit.
And finally making its appearance, you have Sapphire's Ultimate X1600pro videocard complete with a dual heatpipe cooler. First thing you will notice with this card is that the cooler adds quite a lot of heft and I wouldn't be surprised if it tipped the scales at a weight which would equal two or more standard videocards complete with their standard coolers. Just take care when handling and installing and make sure you fasten this card down properly or one trip to a LanParty could turn into an expensive trip to the local computer store. If you felt the heft of this card, you will understand what I am talking about.