The Redline utility from Sapphire deserves a mention in this review. Unlike system software from other companies, Redline asked for a serial number printed on the CD envelope during its installation. After installation, we got access to the following pages of the main window of this program:
This is a curious fact, but Redline from Sapphire works with practically any other graphics card. For example, I ran it on a GeForce FX 5950 Ultra and on an S3 DeltaChrome S8 without any problems, although some settings were naturally missing. What are the benefits of Redline? It depends on your particular needs. If you are a gamer or an overclocker, this utility may please you with its overclocking options and the ability to create setting profiles for each particular application. Otherwise, Redline will hardly be of any use to you. Moreover, it launches at startup to sit in the Taskbar and every icon in the Taskbar means loss of several megabytes of the system memory.
The accessories to the Sapphire Atlantis RADEON 9800 XT are a welcome gift; we’ve got a modern DirectX 9 game, to the bargain. You also receive a Zalman ZM-OP1 fan, which is actually part of the card’s cooling system. Let me explain.
As you see in the snapshots, the graphics card features a massive cooling solution, and this is actually why we decided it would be interesting to try this card in our extreme overclocking competition. A comprehensive cooling solution will guarantee that the card survives our cruel tests safely.
The ZM80C-HP system from Zalman was originally developed to make the card noiseless. The heat from the graphics core is distributed over the big heatsink on the front side of the card and is also transferred by a heat pipe to the back side of the PCB where a similar-looking heatsink is mounted. Thus, the total size of the heat-dissipating surface is 1200sq.cm. That’s enough for dissipating heat produced by a powerful processor like the R360. The heat pipe itself is made of copper, with gold coating. The junctions between the pipe and other elements of the system are glued with thermal paste.