Gigabyte Radeon X800 XL 256MB PCI-E GV-RX80L256V

Written by John Chen    Saturday, 30 July 2005 11:00
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Introduction


Wouldn't life be great if we all had the funds to buy the latest hardware we want?  Unfortunately, that kind of life is only a fantasy, at least for the majority of us.  For those who pluck money from dangling branches, we envy you.  This is the reason why the majority of us resort to overclocking, looking for hardware that provides performance without ripping our wallets.  And this is the reason why I'm in love with the ATI X800 XL chipset. 

Since the announcement of the Radeon X800 XL chipset, I was surprised that not too many gamers and enthusiasts were excited about the release.  I guess when compared to the X850 series, the X800 XL was nothing to brag about.  The reason why I was excited was because it came with an MSRP of $299, not to mention the 16 pixel pipelines.  The only downside is that it came with lower clock speeds.  That's not something overclocking can't fix.  I knew right away that the Radeon X800 XL would be the best-bang-for-the-buck deal. 

Gigabyte offers both ATI and Nvidia video solutions.  While all cards are pretty much similar in design and performance, there are other factors that help one card stand out from another.  Gigabyte's implementation of a silent heatpipe already looks very promising.