- Mobility Radeon X800 XT: More Pipes in Notebooks
ATI's just taken mobile gaming a step forward with their new Mobility Radeon X800 XT, a 16 pipeline miniature graphics powerplant for notebooks which as far as graphics processing power goes, brings performance up to equivilient top-end desktop speeds (bar a slight decrease in clockspeed). Anandtech get some brief hands-on with this new mobile flagship solution and throw some performance figures our way.
We've been able to take a quick look at ATI's new high end mobile graphics part formerly code named M28 Pro. The Mobility Radeon X800 XT is essentially another speed boost in mobile graphics. This time around, we see an increase in the number of pipelines from 12 in the MR X800 to 16. Aside from the 33% increase in the number of pixel pipes, this part is essentially the same as previous Mobility Radeon parts based on R420 hardware. For more information, please see our initial look at the MR X800.
This marks quite an occasion: on a hardware level, both NVIDIA and ATI mobile parts that are just as powerful as their highest end desktop parts. The deciding factor in performance will be total power allocated to the graphics card in any given notebook. The only thing separating the ultra high end in the mobile and desktop worlds is now clock speed. This is indeed a landmark event, and with the push towards modular designs with AXIOM and MXM, we hope to see this paradigm hold. Hopefully the upcoming generation of graphics cards will see an even faster move into the mobile space. But we must say that we aren't disappointed with what we see right now.
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