We have taken a look at the first retail Radeon X800 Pro card from ATi themselves. Check out how it match up against the 9800XT and FX5950 Ultra cards and its overclocking potential as well.


Well, it’s that time of year again. Kids are out of school, the weather is
getting warmer, and of course, a new generation of video cards has just hit the
market. ATI’s latest series of video cards, the R420 or X800 series, was just
announced on May 4th and has already hit retail shelves in good supply. With a
price tag of $ 399, the first card to reach retail outlets from the R420 family
is the ATI Radeon X800 Pro. In contrast, Nvidia’s GeForce 6800 Ultra was
launched in early April and has yet to see the light of day in the retail

So what’s so new about the X800 Pro you ask? The trusted and proven 130
nanometer die process has finally been applied to ATI’s line of high end
graphics cards, 160 million transistors, improved pixel fill rate, shader fill
rate, anti-aliasing performance and quality, and support for high definition
television are just a few of the features the X800 series of graphics cards has
placed under its belt. Among the most interesting to gamers is the new support
for "High-Definition Gaming", or simply the ability to hook your
computer up to a HDTV and be able to run at a good resolution. ATI first
bundled outputs for HDTV’s with their AIW Radeon 9700 Pro graphics card, and
has now moved onto to include their technology into their new line of gaming
cards as well.

The X800 series architectural improvements will be covered in a future
article, and as this ATI Radeon X800 Pro video card is the first to reach the
market, we’ll be comparing it to the latest technologies of the past year in
the graphics card industry, the NV36 based Nvidia GeForce FX 5950 Ultra and the
R360 based ATI Radeon 9800XT. So how does the ATI Radeon X800 Pro graphics card
handle the graphic cards of yesteryear? Let’s take a look.



ATI Radeon X800 Pro

Processing technology


GPU Speed



256MB onboard DDR2 RAM

Memory Speed


Memory / Core interface

256-bit DDR


AGP 2X/4X/8X

Memory Bandwidth

28.8 GB/s

DirectX 3D Hardware

DirectX 9

OpenGL version



Dual 400MHz RAMDACs

Output options

DVI-I Output / TV Output / VGA Output

Maximum resolution

2048×1536 @ 85Hz

Package Contents:

•User Manual
•Drivers Disk
•HDTV Cable
•S-Video Cable
•RCA Cable
•DVI to VGA Adapter
•S-Video to RCA Adapter

As expected, the bundle of the ATI Radeon X800 Pro is as standard as it
gets. ATI allows for add in board partners to diversify themselves with their
graphic cards, so the retail boards from ATI are now and will be in the future
bundled with just the essentials. Missing from the bundle is the infamous ATI
Half Life 2 voucher, which is now only bundled with Radeon X800XT graphics

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