Gigabyte X800PRO and X800XT PE - IntroductionIntroductionGigabyte is a huge player in the motherboard market. They are right up there with the big gun ASUS who help keep the competition nice and fierce in markets around the world. Not only does Gigabyte make a good quality motherboard though, they also make a very solid graphics card. We have looked at a number of different Gigabyte cards, everything from nVidia to ATI but today we are going to be looking at the Radeon X800PRO and X800XT PE much like we did with HIS graphics cards just the other week.The worst thing about X800 graphics cards from most companies is that they are very similar to each other as far as look and package goes that they can become difficult to write about due to the lack of physical differences. We won't talk too much about the GPU technology as we have already mentioned it a number of times in previous X800 content but we will be having a close look at what the card package has to offer that other cards didn't and how Gigabyte's X800 performance looks in our usual suite of benchmarks.Let's find out what Gigabyte has to offer on the X800 front!
Gigabyte X800PRO and X800XT PE - Gigabyte X800PROGigabyte X800PRO- The PackageThe box of the Gigabyte X800PRO is awesome; it's big, long and impossible to take a picture of. The front has a wicked looking character with what looks like a bit of a battle axe. The front of the box gives you a little bit of information like the amount of memory, the fact it has DVI and a few other pieces of useful information.here at Samsung website) like all other X800PROs without VIVO which is good for 500MHz (or 1GHz DDR). A lot of the VIVO cards seem to have 1.6NS memory and the general feeling behind these cards is that they are X800XTs that haven't passed the GPU core requirement - some are even reported to have the full 16 pipelines like the actual X800XT and XT PE.
Gigabyte X800PRO and X800XT PE - Gigabyte X800XT PEGigabyte X800XT PE- The Packagehere instead of the 2ns on the PRO which is good for a quoted 600MHz (or 1.2GHz DDR) and secondly we have a little sticker which says X800XT PE instead of X800PRO. The only other difference between the cards, while not physically is the higher core and memory speed as well as the inclusion of 16 pipelines instead of 12 which helps push more textures per clock cycle.
Gigabyte X800PRO and X800XT PE - Benchmarks - Test System Setup and Synthetic GamingTest System SetupProcessor(s): AMD Athlon 64 3400+ Motherboard(s): nVidia nForce 3 250GB reference (Supplied by nVidia)Memory: 1 X 512MB Kingmax PC4000 (Supplied by Kingmax)Hard Disk(s): Western Digital Raptor 36GB 10,000 RPMOperating System: Windows XP Professional SP1Drivers: ATI Catalyst 4.7 and DirectX 9.0cWe are going to be running the same group of tests as we did with the HIS X800PRO and X800XT PE. Everything from synthetic to real world gaming and normal quality to high quality is tested in our array of benchmarks. We have also included a quick benchmark of our maximum overclock on both cards using a splendid program called ATI Tool.We have also added in Doom 3 (in place of the aging CPU limited Comanche 4) for the first time and moved from the demo version of Unreal Tournament 2004 to the full version which is fully DX9 compatible. We can have a chance to see how these cards adapt to some of the more recent games now especially Doom 3 with the latest version of DirectX which is 9.0c that will be released very soon in Windows XP Service Pack 2, with a bunch of new features but most importantly support for Shader Model 3.0 - not that it will be important in this lot of benchmarks since the ATI cards don't currently support it.Let's get rocking!3DMark2001 SE3DMark2001 SE is a part of the popular 3DMark series. By combining DirectX 8.1 support with completely new graphics (including the GeForce4), it continues to provide benchmark results that empower you to make informed hardware assessments.
Gigabyte X800PRO and X800XT PE - Benchmarks - Unreal Tournament 2004Unreal Tournament 2004Unreal Tournament 2004 is the latest installment to the Unreal Tournament series. Using DirectX 9 the game has faced quite a big make over and is a lot more intensive then its predecessor.Editor Note: Yes, it is the full version!
Gigabyte X800PRO and X800XT PE - Benchmarks - Jedi Knight 2Jedi Knight IIJedi Knight II, Jedi Outcast is an OpenGL game that many have been playing of late. It has greatly improved graphics over its predecessor and it fully supports advanced shaders, as well as very high texture resolutions and effects. There is one demo included in the multi-player section that is good for benchmarking use.
Gigabyte X800PRO and X800XT PE - Benchmarks - Doom 3Doom 3Doom 3 is the latest game to hit our test lab and is one of the most intensive games to dates. With our own custom time demo we are able to give a realistic rating on what kind of FPS you will be achieving.For more information on benchmarking Doom 3 we recommend you check out our extensive article here.
Gigabyte X800PRO and X800XT PE - Benchmarks - Quake 3Quake 3Quake III Arena is a real-world OpenGL benchmark that we have been using here at TweakTown for quite a while now because it has proven itself to be one of the best gaming benchmarks around to compare a wide range of different products. Quake III is getting very old, but is still one of the best ways of testing video and PC systems for any instabilities and best performance.
Gigabyte X800PRO and X800XT PE - Benchmarks - Far CryFar CryThere is no denying that Far Cry is currently one of the most graphic intensive games on the market, utilizing PS2.0 technology and offering an exceptional visual experience there is no denying that even some of the faster graphics cards struggle.
Gigabyte X800PRO and X800XT PE - Benchmarks - High Quality SyntheticsHigh Quality SyntheticsAll tests were run with 6 times FSAA and 16 times Antistrophic Filtering enabled with the screen resolution set to 1024 X 768.When running these aggressive detail settings in 1600 x 1200, games really do become unplayable and if people are after image quality they will have to drop the resolution back down to reach playable levels. 1024x768 was chosen as it is still the preferred playable resolution with these settings enabled.3DMark 2001
Gigabyte X800PRO and X800XT PE - Benchmarks - High Quality Real World GamingHigh Quality Real World GamingAll tests were run with 6 times FSAA and 16 times Antistrophic Filtering enabled with the screen resolution set to 1024 X 768.When running these aggressive detail settings in 1600 x 1200, games really do become unplayable and if people are after image quality they will have to drop the resolution back down to reach playable levels. 1024x768 was chosen as it is still the preferred playable resolution with these settings enabled.Doom 3
Gigabyte X800PRO and X800XT PE - Overclocking PerformanceOverclocking PerformanceUsing ATI Tool we overclocked both of the cards to their maximum memory and core speed. We achieved a maximum overclock of 502MHz on the core and 468MHz (936MHz DDR) on the memory with the X800 Pro. The X800XT PE was able to overclock to an impressive 555MHz on the core and 589MHz (1196MHz DDR) on the memory.
Gigabyte X800PRO and X800XT PE - ConclusionConclusionWhile both cards look similar you can clearly see that the performance is difference truly there both cards. There is no denying that everyone is going to want an X800XT PE but with the memory shortage just announced on DDR 3 you might have to wait a little while. And looking at Deal Time, our price comparison tool, you can see the XT PE is going to cost you a good deal more than the PRO - around the $100 USD mark more depending on where you look.The X800XT PE would have to be the absolute best package we have seen so far from a graphics card. As we mentioned we receive 10 CDs with the X800XT PE package and there is a number of excellent games that we are sure people won't throw aside like we usually do with most packages.The X800PRO is also an excellent card but it really doesn't change all that much from the other packages we have seen except for the inclusion of maybe the extra game (2 instead of the 1 we get with others). While we haven't got a price on the Gigabyte X800XT PE, if it is only slightly more expensive then other X800XT PE it is going to be excellent value thanks to the massive amount of games that comes included within the package.- ProsBest X800 package we have seen (X800XT PE)Good overclocking performanceCooler with blue LEDExpected performance numbers- ConsX800XT PE shortage (not Gigabyte's fault)Massive box could make shipping more expensiveCombined Rating - 9 out of 10 and TweakTown's "MUST HAVE" Editor's Choice Award
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