- The Package
The box of the Gigabyte X800PRO is awesome; it's big, long and impossible to take a picture of. The front has a wicked looking character with what looks like a bit of a battle axe. The front of the box gives you a little bit of information like the amount of memory, the fact it has DVI and a few other pieces of useful information.
The back of the box gives you a bit more information about the card, like its features and what software comes with the package but the chances are you would have made up your mind on what brand you want that the box won't be that important. The general feeling from most people when they get their new X800 is how quickly they can get the card out of the manufactures box and into their own PC box.
When it comes to moving inside the box we quickly just push the card aside for the moment so we can have a look at what comes with it. As usual we have the instruction manual, your normal array of cables (power, HDTV and so on) and a pile of CDs. Included as far as applications and games go we have the Gigabyte CD which has some drivers you will never install (downloading the latest from the ATI website is much more advisable), 3D Album software, PowerDVD5, Spell Force and Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield.
- The Card
The Gigabyte X800PRO (like the ASUS version we looked at in previous articles) uses the same cooler as the reference Radeon 9800XT. This cooler is slightly bigger then the standard X800 cooler - the standard cooler for the X800 series was designed so it could be placed in small form factors PCs easier but we had no problems placing 9800XTs in any of our small form factors including the MSI Mega PC which would have to be one of the tightest small form factors available. The advantage of using the reference 9800XT cooler is that it properly covers all of the memory chips on the front of the card. The usual X800 cooler only covers part of the memory chips.
Gigabyte have placed their own sticker over the cooler and the first time you fire up the card you notice a nice blue glow coming from the side of the card thanks to the LED in the cooler. Apart from that, it really is your standard X800 graphics card: red PCB, molex connector for power, DVI, VGA and S-Video. Gigabyte didn't decide to install a monster cooler like HIS.
At the back of the card you can see that it utilizes Samsung's GDDR 3 K4J55323QF-GC20 2ns memory (in-depth information here at Samsung website) like all other X800PROs without VIVO which is good for 500MHz (or 1GHz DDR). A lot of the VIVO cards seem to have 1.6NS memory and the general feeling behind these cards is that they are X800XTs that haven't passed the GPU core requirement - some are even reported to have the full 16 pipelines like the actual X800XT and XT PE.
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