3 s Sapphire Radeon 9800 XT Ultimate Edition

Dubbed the “Ultimate Silent Solution,” the Ultimate Edition makes no noise while operating. In it’s third incarnation, the Sapphire Radeon 9800XT Ultimate Edition is the latest edition to Sapphire’s Ultimate Edition brand, and is the first to include an optional 80mm fan as well.

3 Sapphire Radeon 9800 XT Ultimate Edition

Introduction:

A complaint we hear from many computer enthusiasts is that virtually
every video card in the market looks the same. This is because most video
card manufacturers release "reference" video cards, with their products
being virtually identical to ATI or NVIDIA reference design and therefore
being identical to most of the other video cards in the channel. Companies
have combated this by including different games and bundles with their products,
but companies often include second tier games that no one plays with their
cards, making you pay extra for something you won’t use.

Fortunately for the enthusiast that wants a video card unlike
any other, Sapphire has a line of video cards, dubbed the Sapphire Atlantis
Ultimate Edition, that solves many of the complaints we hear day in and day
out from computer enthusiasts. Launched with the Radeon 9700 Pro, the Ultimate
Edition line of cards uses a two large heatsinks connected by a heatpipe to
dissipate the heat caused by the GPU. Dubbed the "Ultimate Silent Solution,"
the Ultimate Edition makes no noise while operating. In it’s third incarnation,
the Sapphire Radeon 9800XT Ultimate Edition is the latest edition to Sapphire’s
Ultimate Edition brand, and is the first to include an optional 80mm fan as
well.

Another selling point, and one of the reasons that the Ultimate
Edition line is so successful is its history of overclockability. Both the
Radeon 9700 and 9800 Pro Ultimate Edition video cards had a reputation for
good overclockability, but the Radeon 9800XT is in itself a different beast,
one that uses an elaborate reference design to cool its hot GPU. So how will
the Sapphire Radeon 9800XT Ultimate Edition hold up when we overclock it to
its limits? Let’s take a look…

Specifications:

GPU RADEON 9800 XT
Processing technology0.15µ
GPU Speed412mhz
Memory256MB onboard DDR RAM
Memory Speed365mhz
Memory / Core interface256-bit DDR
BusAGP 2X/4X/8X
Rendering pipelines8
DirectX 3D HardwareDirectX 9
OpenGL versionOpenGL1.3
RAMDACDual 400MHz RAMDACs
Output optionsDVI-I Output / TV Output / VGA Output
Maximum resolution
2048×1536 @ 85Hz

Package Contents:

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• Instruction Manual
• Drivers Disk
• S-Video Cable
• RCA Video Cable
• S-video to RCA converter
• DVI to VGA converter
• Cyberlink PowerDVD
• Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness
• Half Life 2 voucher
• 80mm Fan
• Redline Tweak Utility

Ever since Sapphire released the Radeon 9700 Pro Ultimate Edition,
they have been at the top of ATI-based graphic card bundles. Along with a
Half Life 2 voucher, Sapphire includes the new Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness
game, a nice Direct X 9.0 based game that will push the limits of the Radeon
9800XT. In addition to the standard cables and adapters all video cards come
with nowadays, the Sapphire Radeon 9800 XT Ultimate Edition comes bundled
with its own overclocking program, the Redline Tweak Utility. Once again Sapphire
has a very strong bundle with their Ultimate Edition video card, continuing
the tradition of excellent bundles first launched with the Radeon 9700 Pro
Ultimate Edition.