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Sapphire X800GTO Graphics Cards - Fireblade and Limited - Limited Edition GTO²

We're comparing two new X800GTO cards from Sapphire - the overclockable Fireblade and 16 pipe capable Limited Edition.

| AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Oct 19, 2005 4:00 am

Sapphire X800GTO (Limited Edition GTO²)

 

- The Package

 

The Limited Edition model box has a similar layout to the Fireblade Edition with the main specifications being listed on the front.

 

The Limited Edition model also supports 256MB, DVI, VGA and TV Out.

 

 

When turning the box over we have a similar picture to above with the same information and a little window showing the card. While it doesn't look as fancy as the Fireblade, we will have to find out just what it is capable of later on.

 

 

Opening the box up we have almost the same package - an RCA and S-Video cable to make use of the TV out along with a RCA/S-Video converter and a component out cable to make use of if your TV supports HDTV. We also have a PCI Express 6 pin power connector if you don't have one on your power supply.

 

 

The manual and software is also the same except the Limited Edition comes with only one key for the Sapphire Select program and the GuildWars voucher isn't included.

 

 

- The Card

 

The GTO² Limited Edition utilizes a single slot cooler which almost completely covers the card. What we notice on the front of this card as opposed to the Fireblade is that it requires the extra 6 pin PCI E power connector. Both use the same R480 core but why does the Limited Edition require the extra power? We'll find out soon enough.

 

 

Turning the card over we have the plate that cools both the memory and holds the heatsink on the front in place.

 

 

The front also shows us a very similar picture with the DVI, VGA and S-Video connector all being seen. The Limited Edition does only use a single slot cooling solution although we would recommend that you do keep a slot spare next to it so it can get as much cool air as possible.

 

 

As we mentioned, both graphics cards utilize the R480 (X850) core and it seems that the GTO² from Sapphire can be modded into the full 16 pixel pipelines, the same as the more expensive Radeon X850XT.

 

We will be looking at this in another article tomorrow, so stay tuned. The Limited Edition also utilizes the default core and memory speed of 400MHz and 490MHz, respectively.

 

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