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Monster ATI Radeon X700 Graphics Card Roundup

By: Shawn Baker | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Jul 10, 2005 4:00 am

Gigabyte Solution

 

- The Box and Package

 

The Gigabyte graphics card we were sent has a great looking box and are pushing a number of features on the front of the box which include a bundle worth up to $140, HDTV, VIVO, Heat Pipe Technology and V Tuner 2 software. The main features though on the card are its 256MB DDR3 and the utilization of the PRO chip making it quite a competitor in our round up.

 

Like most of the other boxes we find that on the back we have more details regarding the X700 Pro chipset, a little run down on what V Tuner2 does and a few examples of some of the visual advantages of the ATI X700 Pro.

 

We have included in the box our normal manual and driver CD as well as a copy of PowerDVD and Power Director. While this isn't anything too exciting, it is nice to see that Gigabyte have included a full copy of Thief: Deadly Shadows so you can begin to take advantage of the power on offer by the X700 Pro straight away after buying the product.

 

 

We also have a little box that plugs into the S Video like port on the graphics card and gives us our HDTV and TV out options.

 

 

- A Closer Look

 

 

The first thing you notice on the front of the card is the cool looking heatsink with a flame like decal with a picture of the Gigabyte Demon that is found on a number of its graphics cards. While the red decal feels quite flimsy and cheap, it's not a big deal as it's only really for aesthetics.

 

 

As you may have noticed this card has no fan and is cooled with a heat pipe design. We can also see the Rage Theater chip on the front of the card, this as we mentioned is needed for the Video In and Video Out functions.

 

 

Turning the card to the other side there isn't much more then a massive heatsink running across the back.

 

 

While you would think this would touch the rear memory modules so they are cooled, the idea behind it not touching the card directly is that the heat moves from the front of the card and then dissipates off the back. Cards like this benefit greatly from a larger yet slower spinning fan blowing across it.

 

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