Date: February 18th, 2005
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product Submitted by: ATI
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ATI RADEON X800XT PLATINUM EDITION INTRODUCTION
Ok, so you are happy with the performance of your computer and are not quite ready to jump to the new PCI Express based motherboards, but you want to stretch every bit of performance out of your fast AGP based gaming rig. I understand where you are coming from, the performance difference between AGP and PCI Express cards with the same chipset are small enough that I personally wouldn't want to upgrade either for at least a while.
So you have weighed your options and you are deciding on the fastest ATI Radeon AGP videocard that money can buy. Even through there is plenty of X800XT standard edition available on the market, the Platinum Edition is only different because of its stock core and clock rates. The standard X800XT is clocked at 500Mhz core and 500Mhz memory but the Platinum Edition is stock clocked at 520Mhz core and 560Mhz memory. This clock boost increases the pixel fill rate from 8.0 Gpixels/sec to 8.3 Gpixels/sec and the geometry rate increases from 500 MTriangles to 520 MTriangles.
Essentially everything is exactly the same from the 256bit memory interface, the 16 full pipelines and the 256Megs of onboard GDDR3 memory and the copper cooler. You wouldn't be able to see the difference if I handed you the two cards with no product stickers until you installed them and checked out their stock clock rates.
So today I want to introduce you to the fastest ATI based AGP videocard currently available to consumers, the ATI Radeon X800XT AGP Platinum Edition.
ATI CORPORATE PROFILE
ATI Technologies Inc. is a world leader in the design and manufacture of innovative 3D graphics and digital media silicon solutions. An industry pioneer since 1985, ATI is the world's foremost visual processor unit (VPU) provider and is dedicated to deliver leading-edge performance solutions for the full range of PC and Mac desktop and notebook platforms, workstation, set-top and digital television, game console and handheld markets. With 2001 revenues in excess of US $1 billion, ATI has more than 1,900 employees in the Americas, Europe and Asia. ATI common shares trade on NASDAQ (ATYT) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (ATY).
ATI RADEON X800XT CHIPSET INFORMATION (From ATI)
RADEON® X800 Graphics Technology delivers frame rates that surpass all previous graphics processors and up to two times the performance of the acclaimed RADEON® 9800 PRO. RADEON® X800 graphics technology provides an extremely smooth, responsive HD gaming experience, putting capable gamers in complete control of even the most demanding game titles. A new architecture based on the latest .13 micron, low-k manufacturing process with ultra fast and efficient GDDR3 memory combine to produce extreme data rates and unbelievable acceleration in a quiet, cool, single-slot solution.
Breakthrough Image Quality
RADEON® X800 Graphics Technology defined a totally new High-Definition Gaming experience for the avid gamer by maximizing performance and image quality in higher detail and at higher resolutions than ever before. ATI‘s new and revolutionary 3Dc™ image enhancement technology brings characters to life and scenery to greater realism by enabling significant improvements to the image detail of character art with increased performance and lower memory usage.3Dc™ is slated to become the industry standard to support more complex high-definition visual effects in real time.
Technologically Advanced 3D Architecture
RADEON® X800 graphics technology features SMARTSHADER™ HD, the most advanced pixel shader engine with up to 16 parallel pixel pipelines capable of an incredible 6 gigapixels/second fill rate in full precision! With six programmable vertex shader pipelines, capable of up to 700 million vertices per second and an overall capability of over 200 billion floating point operations per second(Giga FLOPS), RADEON® X800 Graphics Technology delivers beautifully rendered high-definition 3D animation for intense, interactive game play.
Cutting Edge Video Technology
RADEON® X800 graphics technology gives you more than just a great gaming experience. It also has sophisticated video processing, filtering and acceleration features that make multimedia applications more efficient, inspiring and fun. With VIDEOSHADER™ HD, RADEON® X800 graphics technology 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. RADEON® X800 Graphics Technology also supports the latest high-definition and wide display formats, giving users bigger and more vivid movie, gaming and Internet experiences.
DirectX® 9.0 Leadership Continues
Over the past several years ATI has established a legacy of providing the highest performing Microsoft® DirectX® graphics card solutions. RADEON® X800 graphics technology offers unparalleled DirectX® 9.0 and OpenGL® 2.0 shader support to ensure that current and upcoming games look and play brilliantly, especially in high-definition.
Stability is the foundation of the RADEON® X800 Graphics Technology
Acclaimed by industry leaders, ATI's award winning CATALYST™ software driver suite optimizes the graphics processor performance of ATI's desktop products while ensuring maximum stability and user control. CATALYST™ provides frequent driver updates backed by ATI customer support, to ensure complete satisfaction.