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Power Color Radeon 9800 XT 256MB Review - Conclusion

ATI's super fast Radeon 9800 XT graphics processor has been on the market for a little while now. Today we've got Power Color's vanilla version for you and we've put it head-to-head against its older brother, the Power Color 9800 Pro. Read on and find out if it is worth upgrading!

| AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Dec 7, 2003 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.0%      Manufacturer: Power Color

Conclusion

 

Power Color has done a great job at bringing the powerful and expensive ATI Radeon 9800 XT to the market at the most affordable price possible while not substituting for a poor package or overall poor quality product. The amount of games included in the package is incredible and will keep you happy for a long time.

 

As far as performance goes, the 9800 XT with 256MB is able to beat the 9800 Pro with 128MB in every test - just like we suspected. The margin is not very large but it is enough to count. More over, we will start to notice the 9800 XT take charge in 4 - 6 months once newer and more demanding games such as Half Life II and Doom III are released which will suck up every last bit of performance from the graphics processor - and hopefully bring them to their knees, just like we saw in Quake 3 Arena all those years ago. As this is the case, we think the Radeon 9800 XT is a little ahead of its time but we don't suppose ATI counted on Valve delaying Half Life II from its originally intended September 30 launch date.

 

As of now it would be almost pointless upgrading to the Radeon 9800 XT over the Radeon 9800 Pro, unless you have the cash to blow. However, if you want an impressive game bundle at the cheapest possible price and are on the market for a high-end graphics card or are upgrading from a graphics card which is a year or more old, the Radeon 9800 XT from Power Color would be a good move to choose as we await intensive games to be released next year.

 

- Pros

 

Fast

 

Very impressive game bundle

 

Good Overclocking

 

VPU Recovery

 

Overdrive

 

More affordable than other 9800 XT cards

 

- Cons

 

Probably a little ahead of its time

 

Rating - 9 out of 10

 

 

 

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