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GeXcube RADEON 9800 XT

You should know the name of the manufacturer of this graphics card as we posted on our site a review of the multimedia combo GeXcube All-In-Wonder RADEON 9600 PRO. This time we’ve got another product of this company, the top-end GeXcube RADEON 9800 XT. It also came to us in its retail package:

The design of the package is a bit gaudy. At least, the combination of red, black and golden has nothing to do with soberness, but tastes differ and some may find this design acceptable. The three-headed hell creature may be known to you by the exclusive screen-saver from ATI Technologies. The package has captions telling you the amount of the graphics memory (256MB), interface (AGP 8x) and the supported DirectX version. Moreover, there’s a sticker telling you that there’s a full version of “Delta Force: Black Hawk Down” included with the card. The back side of the package lists briefly the product’s specifications, supported resolutions and refresh rates.

Here are the things we found in the box:

  • GeXcube RADEON XT graphics card;
  • User Manual;
  • DVI-I-to-D-Sub adapter;
  • RCA cable;
  • S-Video cable;
  • S-Video-to-RCA adapter;
  • Power splitter;
  • Driver CD;
  • CD with CyberLink PowerDVD XP 4.0;
  • CD with Delta Force: Black Hawk Down;
  • Coupon for a free full version of Half-Life 2.

I’ve seen better accessories sets, of course, but this will do, too.

Closer Look

  

The card copies the RADEON 9800 XT reference design as developed by ATI Technologies. There’s nothing wrong about it, as the reference design is most well-thought with respect to the compact size of the PCB and the efficiency of the cooling system. The latter is a massive copper plate with a copper folded band soldered up to it. It has such a profile that the air from the fan is evenly distributed along the surface of the heat-spreader. The fan is huge, 80mm in diameter. Thanks to this size, it’s possible for the fan to rotate slowly (and noiselessly). Running a little ahead, I’d say that my expectations about the noise came true, although partially. The whole cooling system is covered with a plastic case.

The memory chips at the back side of the PCB are covered with a figured copper plate, although its size makes it look more like a decoration element rather than a component of a cooling system. Part of the plate has a bump to be pressed against the PCB in the chip area with a special spring brace. It helps to take the heat off the back of the graphics processor. Both parts of the cooling systems are fitted together by means of spring screws; springs help to avoid damaging the GPU. As an additional fastening element, there’s a pressure plate at the back. Overall, the cooling system looks solid enough, although lacks the glamour of the solution from ASUS Computer. Besides the copper plate and the fastening elements, the back side of the PCB has a landing place for an ATI Rage Theater 200 chip to provide VIVO functions to the card. This place was empty in our sample.

 
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