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Visiontek XTASY Radeon X800XT PE Review

As expected with a card that is among the first to market, the Visiontek Radeon X800XT Platinum Edition uses the ATI’s reference design we saw at the launch of the X800 series. The card is built on ATI’s traditionall red colored PCB and is of the same form factor as the Radeon X800 Pro.

As we turn the card around we can see four of the card’s eight Samsung GDDR-3 memory chips.

The memory used with the Visiontek Radeon X800XT Platinum Edition is the Samsung K4J55323QF-GC16 GDDR-3 running at 1.12GHz.

Also featured on the back of the card’s PCB is the ATI Rage Theater chip which provides VIVO capability.

The Visiontek Radeon X800XT Platinum Edition’s relatively small size and low power needs will be welcomed by SFF enthusiasts looking to upgrade to a new high end graphics card, as the Radeon X800XT Platinum Edition will have no trouble fitting into any SFF system.

Here we take a closer look at the card’s heatsink fan, one very similar in design and appearance to the heatsink fan of the Radeon 9800XT. The copper heatspreader is and large fan are designed to keep the card running cool while keeping noise to a minimum.

Almost standard now with high end graphics cards is the four pin molex power connector we see on the back of the Visiontek Radeon X800XT Platinum Edition. We first saw these power adapters make their way onto graphics cards in 2002 when the Radeon 9700 Pro hit store shelves, and we will continue to see extra power connectors on graphics cards even as we move into graphics cards using the PCI Express standard.

Also on the back of the card is a composite video-in connector, allowing you to connect your front panel video-in port to the graphics card. We initially thought that this connector would only be included with cards destined to hit European markets, but it looks as if Visiontek decided to include the connector anyway.

And finally, the Visiontek Radeon X800XT Platinum Edition also uses the standard VGA, S-Video, and DVI outputs.

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