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GeCube Radeon X800XL & X850XT Graphics Cards (Page 2)

By: Shawn Baker from Feb 1, 2005 @ 23:00 CST
TweakTown Rating: 85%Manufacturer: GeCube

GeCube Radeon X800XL

- What is the X800XL?

The X800XL in a nut shell is the card that is designed to be ATI's best bang for buck card. With an RRP expected of $299 US this card is ready to come out and battle against cards like the GeForce 6800 with ATI hoping people wanting 6600GTs will see the performance increase offered by the X800XL and move to that.

Like the X800XT we see 16 pixel pipelines again which are able to offer us a huge amount of memory bandwidth for the 400MHz core and 500MHz memory which is achieved through the use of Samsung 2NS DDR3 memory.

Looking at the card layout you may also notice that this is the first X800 card that doesn't need external power and this can be attributed to the move to the .11 micron core process - which basically means we are able to get better performance, with less power.

- The Package

The new packaging on the GeCube cards look unreal (and very sexy!) on both the X800XL and X850XT. If you walked into a shop and were tossing up which one to buy the GeCube card would really stand out at you, for sure.

The back of the box shows us some information about the card with the bulk of it being about the Uni-Wise cooling system that GeCube have begun to implement on some of their cards. We will have a closer look at the cooling solution in just a minute.

Opening up the box and looking inside you might be slightly disappointed with the accompanied bundle. Included apart from your standard manual and driver is a copy of PowerDVD 5 which a lot of people may find useless as the chances are that they already have a copy on hand.

When it comes to the cables we don't have anything too out of the ordinary with our HDTV cable which has become standard with most of ATI's high-end cards, DVI to VGA connector so you can make use of multi monitors and a S-Video to RCA/S-Video in one cable for people who want to make use of the TV-Out function.

- The Main Features

One of the biggest features that GeCube are trying to push is the Uni Wise cooling system, which is designed to bring excellent cooling with little noise.

You can see that GeCube are advertising the Heat Pipe Inside on the front of the cooler and you can see all the copper fins that are in place to help with better heat dissipation. While you can't see how the heat pipe technology works from that angle in the picture below you can see the little heat pipe running up and down the card.

This cooling method with a rated volume of 20db makes it one of the best for low noise output on any high-end graphics card at the moment. We are able to get a truck load of power from this card as you will see in the benchmarks soon but have it run quiet enough that it's going to be peaceful when you're just working your way around the desktop.

Moving to the back of the card we can see that GeCube has chosen to include memory sinks on the memory to help keep them a little cooler.

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