- ATI Radeon X800 XT PCIe
If you're wondering what PCIe brings over AGP in terms of real world performance, Beyond3D's latest review would be well worth a peek. Today they've checked out a PCIe R423 version of ATI's flagship X800 XT graphics card and show us comparison results with an extensive array of benchmarking methods. Well worth checking out if you're still deciding whether or not to hold out for a PCIe setup with your next upgrade.
ATI's X800 graphics processors, based on the R420 chip, were introduced recently and testing indicated that while its performance certainly wasn't lacking, its feature-set didn't differ significantly from the previous generation of R300 products. Indeed it's become clear that ATI's primary focus from this generation has been the transition from AGP to PCI Express, which begins with the introduction of Intel's 915 and 925 platforms. In an effort that has likely seen their engineers and Fab partners keeping very busy, not only have ATI produced the new R420 chip, but also RV370, RV380 and R423 over the past few months, with the latter three parts all supporting a native PCI Express interface. While the majority of these parts are aimed squarely at the OEM space, if anything is likely to provide retail consumers with reasons to upgrade to the PCI Express platform high end graphics is likely to one, hence R423's importance in both the OEM and retail space.
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