avatar  Sapphire Radeon X800 GTO² Limited Edition

The Sapphire Radeon X800 GTO² Limited Edition is another Radeon X800 GTO that comes with 16 pipelines straight out of the box. Interestingly, this card comes with an R480 core as opposed to R430 / R432 that we’ve seen on other X800 GTOs we’ve seen before. Check out this review to see how it stacks up against other competing X800 GTOs!

Ever since the introduction to ATi’s mid range Radeon X800 GTO
a while back, we have been reviewing quite a few of these cards so far. Like we’ve mentioned before, these X800 GTOs appears to be cards of an
older SKU, being re-branded, and sold at a much lower price – an attempt to woo
back ATi’s extremely weak mid range line up.

Previously, we saw some really radical GTO cards appearing in our labs, each
with it’s own pros and downsides too. While the Connect3D X800 GTO has
a chance at performing on par with an X800XT when overclocked and unlocked, it’s
still a gamble at the unlocking part. The earlier batches of the Connect3D X800
GTO saw much success in unlocking the full 16 pipelines but the later batches
are having problems unlocking due to the laser cuts. The PowerColor Radeon X800 GTO 16 appears to be a better card, with
16 pipelines straight out of the box. However, since it’s pretty
much a re-branded X800XL, the overclockability of this card has nothing to boast
about. With a low overclocking potential, this card is best to run at its
default.

The Sapphire Radeon X800 GTO² Limited Edition promises to have
both a mix of both overclockability and 16 pipelines straight
of the box. While the Connect3D card comes with a R432 core and the PowerColor
GTO 16 with a R430 core, this Sapphire Radeon X800 GTO² comes with a superior
R480 core. As most of you might remember, such R480 cores and 1.6ns GDDR3
memory which carries similar configurations as those higher end X850Pro / XT family of cards. But however, unlike those higher
end products that feature dual slot cooling solution, this card comes with
just a slim heatsink. Like it’s name suggests, Sapphire plans to only dish out
limited numbers of such cards – probably due to the limited stockpile of the
remaining R480 cores which are meant to be phased out (End of Line) already.

The burning question is : “Can this card outdo other GTOs in the
market?”


Sapphire X800GTO2  Sapphire Radeon X800 GTO² Limited Edition

The packaging of the Sapphire Radeon X800 GTO². Typical of Sapphire’s line of
Radeon graphics card – it’s the usual “alien” designs on it’s
packaging.


Here’s some quick specification on this card:


Visual
Processing Unit

ATi Radeon
X800GTO (R480)


Interface

PCI Express
x16

Memory

256MB,
GDDR3 1.6ns, Samsung K4J55323QF-GC16


Pixel
Pipelines

16 Pixel
Pipelines


Vertex
Pipelines

8 Vertex
Pipelines


Memory
Interface

256-Bit


Core Clock

400 MHz


Memory Clock

980 MHz


RAMDAC

400MHz


Max Resolution

2048 x 1536
@ 85Hz


Rear I/O Ports

2x DVI, 1x
S-Video / TV-Out

Power
Connector

1X 6pin
PCIe Power Connector Required