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ATI Radeon X800GT Head to Head - HIS vs. PowerColor - Final Thoughts

In August we saw the introduction of ATI's Radeon X800GT which finally gave some competition to nVidia against their mighty mid-range GeForce 6600GT. Maybe the X800GT was a stop gap for ATI until their next-generation of cards is released but nevertheless the VPU is penetrating the market and we've got two new cards in the labs from HIS and PowerColor. Read on as we take a look at both graphics cards and work out which is best in this head to head battle!

By: | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Oct 4, 2005 4:00 am

Final Thoughts


Both cards performed as you would expect - gaming is playable at a higher resolution without AA and AF or at a lower resolution with some form of AA and AF.


On the overclocking side of things we were disappointed to see that the PowerColor offering didn't yield much of a performance increase. As soon as we started getting over 535/1016, ATI tool would instantly start picking up artifacts and begin clocking the card back down. Normally we wouldn't fine tune the overclock but we wanted to make sure that it wasn't just ATI Tool having problems. It seems our sample card just didn't want to overclock.


The HIS card on the other hand overclocked like an absolute beast and we think its due to the extra cooling by Arctic Cooling. The increase in core and memory speed really saw real world gains as we can see in the benchmarks.


HIS also have a great bundle on their side that helps it stand out from other cards in this field. While this model wasn't Dual DVI we would recommend that people did spend the extra few dollars and move across to the Dual DVI model even if you didn't use it now - it makes it not only more "future proof" but easier to sell when you upgrade again.


PowerColor X800GT Thoughts


- Pros


Dual DVI


Full Version Game


- Cons


Poor overclocking on our sample


- Latest Pricing


Power Color RADEON X800 GT, (256 MB) Graphic Card


Rating - 7.5 out of 10


HIS X800GT Thoughts


- Pros


Excellent bundle


Good performance out-of-the-box


Artic Cooling solution (effective and quiet)


Great overclocking results


Dual DVI model available


- Cons


Costs more


Rating - 9 out of 10 and TweakTown's "MUST HAVE" Best Performance Award



Both cards perform well at stock but the HIS would have to be the one card that does stand out ahead of the competition here today.


With all that said though with the new ATI line up being released in what is only HOURS, we do have to see where these cards will sit. It might be best if you hold off for a week or so and find out about ATI's next-generation solutions before buying a current-generation ATI Radeon.


The other thing to keep an eye out on is many companies do offer a number of different models under the X800GT series so if you are looking at one don't get tricked into the cheaper ones as they may utilize only DDR or DDR2 memory and not the DDR3 memory that we see here today, which offers the best performance.


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