Date: October 3rd, 2005
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: HIS
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PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS & FEATURES
High definition gaming power with unparalleled value
The HIS X800 series produces frame rates that surpass all previous graphic processors. Based on a radically new architecture, ATI has combined the latest semiconductor manufacturing process with ultra-fast and efficient memory to produce extreme data rates and unbelievable acceleration in a quiet and cool single-slot solution. The result is an incredibly smooth and responsive high-definition gaming experience.
World's most advanced 3D Architecture
The HIS X800 series features SMARTSHADER™ HD, the most advanced pixel shader engine ever offered. With up to 16 parallel pixel pipelines, 6 programmable vertex shader pipelines and an overall capability of up to 200 GigaFLOPS, the HIS X800 series delivers the most advanced high-definition 3D animation for the ultimate intense and interactive game play. The HIS X800 series also offers unparalleled DirectX® 9.0 and OpenGL® shader support to ensure current and upcoming games look and play brilliantly, especially in high-definition.
Cutting Edge Video Technology
With VIDEOSHADER™ HD, the HIS X800 series takes advantage of its advanced shader processing engine for user programmable video effects, video quality enhancement, and encoding and decoding of many video standards, including MPEG1/2/4, Real Media, DivX and WMV9. The HIS X800 series also supports the latest high-definition and wide display formats, giving users bigger and more vivid movie, gaming and Internet experiences.
IceQ cooling technology
The IceQ cooling system draws cool air from inside the case and exhausts warm air outwards. This prevents the fan from recycling warm air to cool the VPU, which increases cooling performance and lower the air temperature inside the case significantly.
For the approximate price of US$180-$195, you will receive the following.
Other than the obvious user's manual, you will receive the following software.
- FlatOut (Full Version Game)
- Microsoft Dungeon Siege Full
- 3D Album PicturePro
- PowerDirector 3 SE Plus
- Power2Go 4
- iTurbo Overclocking Software and Videocard Driver
When it comes to the bundled software, HIS is second to none. They do everything in their power to include everything you could possibly need when using your new videocard. As i have said in many previous reviews, invest your hard earned money in a company that tries to get you as much as they can for the dollar. There are several top tier companies right now that are overcharging for their cards based on their name alone and including nothing more than a driver CD, a one level demo and a laugh as they walk to their corporate bank account. Although the games HIS included are not the best on the market, they included TWO GAMES for you to use. Not one crappy demo, not one game but TWO FULL VERSION GAMES. Any other companies selling their equivalent cards with less included and charging a higher price should be exposed for gouging and playing off their name brand a little too much. We all know who these brands are.
Seeing this videocard is indeed HDTV capable, you can use the supplied HDTV dongle for video out, or you can stick to the standard S-Video when using the included adapter and 6 foot S-Video cable. The other included hardware is comprised of a vent shield plate which replaces the I/O plate immediately below the videocard slot in the computer and a VGA-DVI adapter.
Ask yourself this question, does this look like a normal videocard to you? This is what you will receive for under US$199 and is a much more substantial card in the aesthetic and feature department even when compared to much more expensive videocards on the market today. What features exactly? Well, keep on reading.