by Anton Shilov
06/01/2004 | 08:43 AM
About ten days later than expected originally ATI Technologies managed to start deliveries of its top-of-the-range RADEON X800XT graphics card. So far the graphics monster is only available from Alienware, a leading PC company focused on die-hard gamers, as well as from a few online stores.
ATI’s Top Card Shows Up
ATI RADEON X800 XT-series graphics cards are ATI’s flagship offerings for early Summer 2004 that have recommended price of $499. The RADEON X800 XT chip contains 16 pixel pipelines with 6 geometry pipelines and is clocked at 525MHz. The graphics card itself comes with 256MB of 256-bit 1.6ns GDDR3 memory operating at 1120MHz as well as D-Sub, DVI, TV-Out and optional VIVO connector. ATI’s flagship offering RADEON X800 XT graphics card outperformed NVIDIA’s top-of-the-line GeForce 6800 Ultra in a lot of cases based on the result of numerous gaming benchmarks conducted by X-bit labs.
The RADEON X800 family of graphics processors is ATI’s second generation breed of DirectX 9.0-supporting graphics engines that generally revamps performance and brings some new capabilities that are aimed to improve realism in conventional 3D games. Unfortunately, ATI’s RADEON X800-series does not sport some capabilities NVIDIA’s new chips are able to execute, such as Shader Model 3.0.
Alienware, one of the largest builders of high-performance personal computer for gamers and other enthusiasts, now offers to install ATI RADEON X800 XT graphics cards into its leading-edge systems. Additionally, the firm has other powerful options for customers, such as ATI RADEON X800 PRO as well as NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra.
The default configuration of Alienware Area-51 system includes the previous generation GeForce FX 5950 Extreme graphics card. In order to upgrade to NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra graphics card customers have to pay extra $241, in order to change the graphics card to ATI RADEON X800 XT, end-users have to bid extra $80, while installing ATI RADEON X800 PRO graphics card will save customers $31.
At press time Alienware did not have NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra graphics cards in stock.
Concern About Quantities
X-bit Labs’ “Check Prices” section revealed numerous RADEON X800 XT offerings in the
Even though both leading graphics processors developers promised to bring their high-end offerings into the market by late May 2004, the brief investigation carried out on