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Monster ATI Radeon X700 Graphics Card Roundup

By: Shawn Baker | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Jul 10, 2005 4:00 am

Sapphire Solution


- The Box and Package


The front of the box on the Sapphire card shows us that it is a Pro model and has 256MB of DDR3 memory. It also states that it has TV Out, two full version games included, a copy of PowerDVD as well as Sapphire's Redline overclocking utility.



The back of the box is one of the fancier ones - it lists your normal extended specs and just a few of the numerous awards Sapphire has won over the past few years. At the top of the box we have a clear plastic cover so we can see the actual card which is nice as it adds a little bit something to the box to make it stand out from the others. With this said though it would probably look better on the front of the box as when in a shop this is what the users are going to be looking at.



Sapphire are offering a very nice bundle for a card that is aimed at the mid range performance sector, we have our normal Manual and Driver CD along with two full version games (Splinter Cell and Prince of Persia), PowerDVD and its overclocking software. We also have a DVI to VGA connector, S Video cable, RCA cable and S Video to RCA adapter.


- A Closer Look


When you look at the card the first thing we thought..."Oh, Hercules is making graphics cards again."


This card has a very similar feel to the original GeForce 3 Hercules card with the blue heat sink fan and the separate low profile memory sinks across the card. You can understand why Sapphire would want to show off the card - the blue sinks on the blue PCB looks great. You can also see where the Rage Theater Chip would go if it had one, this card only offers TV out and not video in.


It's good to see that Sapphire have also chosen to place heat sinks on the back of the card as more often then not companies go to the effort to cool the front memory modules yet leave the back ones there to fend for themselves.


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