Of course the first thing that you’ll notice about the card is its unique and of course passive heatsink. Similar but at the same time a little different that the Radeon 9700 Pro’s heatsink, the one used on the Radeon 9800 Pro U.E. is definitely massive and does get very hot after prolonged periods of gaming, but even after days of being on we haven’t seen any instability coming from the card.
As we turn the card around you can see that the heatsink has two sides, one on the front of the card and one on the back and they are of course connected through a heatpipe which just helps to spread out the heat by transferring the heat from the front to the back heatsink. Notice that Sapphire has also included ramsinks on their board, something that not many Radeon 9800 Pro manufacturers have done as of late and definitely a welcome addition to their card.
Here we take a closer look at the Heatsink the Radeon 9800 Pro U.E. uses, which is now branded by Zalman and probably will be available for consumers to purchase separately in the coming weeks.
A new addition to the Radeon 9800 Pro Ultimate Edition is the Zalman branded aluminum clamp that helps to keep the heatsink secure and ensure nothing falls off during an installation.
Of course as with every Radeon 9800 Pro we see the 4 pin Molex power connector on the back of the card, which is covered from view by the U.E.’s massive heatsink.
And finally the card has the standard VGA, S-Video, and DVI inputs.