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Power Color Radeon 9800 XT 256MB Review

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

Features of the Power Color Radeon 9800 XT


- The Package



Included in the regular sized box which features a similar layout to previous box designs by Power Color is the video card (of course) as well as a bunch of other items to keep you entertained for many hours on end.


As far as included games go, you get a voucher for Half Life II which allows you to either download the game or have it shipped to you by applying online once the game is released (most likely in the first half of next year). You also get the full retail version of Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness and the full OEM version of Big Mother Truckers. Besides these three games, you also get an additional CDROM with a collection of other OEM based games from the recent past such as TOCA Race Driver and Warcraft III.


It is clear to see Power Color have really looked after us in this department delivering one of the most impressive game bundles we have seen go through the TweakTown labs in a long time.



On the application side of things you get WinDVD 4 by Intervideo for your DVD playback needs and complete drivers CDROM. It is recommended though you visit the ATI website and download the very latest drivers to ensure optimal performance and stability.



As far as the rest of the package goes, you get a standard DVI to VGA adapter which allows you to use two VGA monitors, one S-Video and RCA cable as well as S-Video to RCA adapter for your AV requirements.


- The Card


As we mentioned in the introduction, the Power Color Radeon 9800 XT follows very closely, if not exactly the same, to ATI's reference design which helps reduces costs and brings the card to the market sooner than other manufacturers who spend more time on their own unique designs.



Following the reference design by ATI is not necessarily a bad move by Power Color. Besides the benefits mentioned above, ATI did a pretty good job with the reference design of the 9800 XT offering a very stylish yet effective heatsink fan design and Ferrari-color red PCB.


As time proceeds, we will see new revisions of the card and Power Color may decide to modify the design of their 9800 XT with a few symbolic changes but we don't see this as being a necessity. All it will do is drive up the resulting retail price of the card which is already fairly high like just about all high-end graphics cards these days.



As you can see from the image above, you have the standard mix of IO ports including VGA, DVI and S-Video TV out.


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