Sapphire is a company that first entered the retail graphics card market with the Radeon 9700 Pro, and has since become one of the bigger players in the graphics card industry. Today we’ll be looking at the Sapphire Radeon X800 Pro card comparing to ATI’s own retail Radeon X800 Pro graphics card as well as 9800XT.
Since ATI’s R300 was first announced towards the end of 2002, things can’t seem to go wrong for ATI. Their Radeon 9700 Pro graphics card outperformed
NVIDIA’s GeForce 4 Ti 4600 in just about every test imaginable, setting the stage for the Radeon 9800 Pro’s toppling of the GeForce FX 5900 Ultra, and the Radeon 9800XT’s triumph over the GeForce FX 5950 Ultra. Basically, the last two years have been nothing but
successfully for ATI, and their most recent product family, the R420, looks like it will usher in a whole new era of success for the company.
Announced in May, the R420 based X800 series of graphics cards has just over the last few weeks hit store shelves in full force through the Radeon X800 Pro. The X800 Pro is a scaled down version of the Radeon X800XT Platinum Edition, the $ 499 part of the R420 series that has yet to hit the retail market. The main differences between the Radeon X800 XT Platinum Edition and the Radeon X800 Pro are core speed, memory speed, and pixel pipelines. The X800 Pro uses 12 pixel pipelines and a 475MHz core with 900MHz memory, while the X800 XT Platinum Edition runs at 520MHz core and 1.12GHz memory, with 16 pixel pipelines used. The wide spread availability of the X800 series sharply contrasts NVIDIA’s GeForce FX 6800 Ultra, a card that was announced in April and still is not available in the retail market.
Today we’ll be looking at the Sapphire Radeon X800 Pro graphics card. Sapphire is a company that first entered the retail graphics card market with the Radeon 9700 Pro, and has since become one of the bigger players in the graphics card industry. The company is
particularly popular with gamers and enthusiasts because of its strong gaming bundles, overclocking software, and unique Ultimate Edition line of graphics cards.
The company is a tier 1 add-in board partner with ATI, basically meaning that they along with companies like Visiontek, it is first to market with their ATI based cards. Along with being one of the first to market with their cards, Sapphire cards have traditionally been priced a little under ATI branded retail cards, another reason why the company is so popular in the hardware community.
We’ll be comparing the Sapphire Radeon X800 Pro to ATI’s own retail Radeon X800 Pro graphics card as well as last year’s high end juggernaut, the Radeon 9800XT. Let’s take a closer look at what the Sapphire Radeon X800 Pro has in store…
ATI Radeon X800 Pro
256MB onboard DDR2 RAM
Memory / Core interface
DirectX 3D Hardware
Dual 400MHz RAMDACs
DVI-I Output / TV Output / VGA Output
2048×1536 @ 85Hz
•DVI to VGA Adapter
•S-Video to RCA Adapter
•Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow
•Prince of Persia: Sands of Time
•Redline Tweak Utility
Since the Radeon 9700 Pro Ultimate Edition, Sapphire has continued its tradition of great gaming bundles with their high end graphics cards. Every year they re-do their bundle, and with the X800 series of graphics card we have some huge changes to tell you about. Gone is Tomb Raider: Angel of Darkness, and in are two of this year’s biggest games, Prince of Persia: Sands of Time and Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow. These two games are not bundled by anyone else at the moment and are very new and huge hits. Along with the great gaming bundle, Sapphire has also included a new version of the Redline Tweak Utility, an overclocking utility made by Sapphire. Unfortunately, ATI has stopped their Half Life 2 voucher program and the cards will no longer be available with any ATI based card. Nevertheless, Sapphire continues to innovate with their bundles, and as of right now, has the best gaming bundle in the industry.