Both cards performed as you would expect - gaming is playable at a higher resolution without AA and AF or at a lower resolution with some form of AA and AF.
On the overclocking side of things we were disappointed to see that the PowerColor offering didn't yield much of a performance increase. As soon as we started getting over 535/1016, ATI tool would instantly start picking up artifacts and begin clocking the card back down. Normally we wouldn't fine tune the overclock but we wanted to make sure that it wasn't just ATI Tool having problems. It seems our sample card just didn't want to overclock.
The HIS card on the other hand overclocked like an absolute beast and we think its due to the extra cooling by Arctic Cooling. The increase in core and memory speed really saw real world gains as we can see in the benchmarks.
HIS also have a great bundle on their side that helps it stand out from other cards in this field. While this model wasn't Dual DVI we would recommend that people did spend the extra few dollars and move across to the Dual DVI model even if you didn't use it now - it makes it not only more "future proof" but easier to sell when you upgrade again.
PowerColor X800GT Thoughts
Full Version Game
Poor overclocking on our sample
- Latest Pricing
Rating - 7.5 out of 10
HIS X800GT Thoughts
Good performance out-of-the-box
Artic Cooling solution (effective and quiet)
Great overclocking results
Dual DVI model available
Rating - 9 out of 10 and TweakTown's "MUST HAVE" Best Performance Award
Both cards perform well at stock but the HIS would have to be the one card that does stand out ahead of the competition here today.
With all that said though with the new ATI line up being released in what is only HOURS, we do have to see where these cards will sit. It might be best if you hold off for a week or so and find out about ATI's next-generation solutions before buying a current-generation ATI Radeon.
The other thing to keep an eye out on is many companies do offer a number of different models under the X800GT series so if you are looking at one don't get tricked into the cheaper ones as they may utilize only DDR or DDR2 memory and not the DDR3 memory that we see here today, which offers the best performance.
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