Visiontek’s Xtasy line of graphics cards have been very successful over the years partially because of their lifetime warranty, good technical support and strong presence in the retail sector. So how will the Xtasy Radeon X800XT Platinum Edition compare to other popular cards available in the retail sector? Let’s take a look…

Introduction:

The launch of the R420 series of graphics cards last month heralded a brand new product line for ATI, one that no longer built on the technology of past product families but instead was built from the ground up. The X800 series of graphics cards is not just an upgrade to last years architecture like the Radeon 9800XT and Radeon 9800 Pro graphics cards were, it is a completely new line of cards, similar in scope to the R300 or Radeon 9700 Pro.

ATI has improved their Shader engine, doubled last year’s amount of pixel pipelines, tweaked Anti-Aliasing and Anisotropic Filtering performance, and moved into a 130 nanometer die process all with one new product family. On May 4th, ATI announced the Radeon X800 Pro, a $ 399 part and the Radeon X800XT Platinum Edition, the R420’s flagship card, priced at $ 499.

We’ve already gotten a chance to take a look at a few different Radeon X800 Pro based graphics cards, and their performance and overclockability
definitely did not disappoint. The Radeon X800XT Platinum Edition has started to enter the retail market, and today we have a look at one of the first cards to come to market, the Visiontek Xtasy Radeon X800XT Platinum Edition.

Visiontek’s Xtasy line of graphics cards have been very successful over the years partially because of Visiontek’s lifetime warranty, good technical support, and strong presence in the retail sector. So how will the Visiontek Xtasy Radeon X800XT Platinum Edition compare to the most popular cards available in the retail sector? Let’s take a look…

Specifications:

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GPU

ATI Radeon X800XT Platinum Edition

Processing Technology

0.13µ

GPU Speed

520MHz

Memory

256MB onboard DDR3 RAM

Memory Speed

1.12GHz

Memory / Core interface

256-bit DDR3

Pixel Pipelines
16

Bus

AGP 2X/4X/8X

DirectX 3D Hardware

DirectX 9

OpenGL version

OpenGL1.3

RAMDAC

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
•VIVO Cable
•S-Video Cable
•RCA Cable
•DVI to VGA Adapter
•S-Video to RCA Adapter
•PowerStrip 3.5

The bundle included with the Visiontek Radeon X800XT Platinum Edition includes the standard output cables and adapters we’ve seen bundled with video cards over the last few years with two new additions. The card includes HDTV output cables that allow you to output a digital signal to your HDTV and VIVO cables, allowing you to transfer analog movies from camera to PC. The X800 series incorporates the "High Definition Gaming" feature we first saw with the All in Wonder Radeon 9700 Pro back in 2002. High Definition Gaming allows for users to output to HDTV’s with the standard HDTV green, red, and blue outputs; and is perfect for anyone interested in running a system on a new television.

A nice addition to many bundles we’ve seen over the past few years is overclocking software. Visiontek included Entech’s Power Strip 3.5, one of the favorite overclocking suites we use here in the labs. Unfortunately there are no retail games bundled with the card, a flaw that might cause Visiontek some sales if we see similarly priced cards from other manufacturers that include popular new games with their X800XT Platinum Edition cards.