by Anton Shilov
06/09/2004 | 12:06 PM
Sapphire Technology, one of the main add-in-card partners of ATI Technologies, started to supply its RADEON X800 XT-based graphics cards into the retail market. Unfortunately for those who demand to have the fastest graphics card up-to-date, the price for the product is much higher compared to other high-end PC components.
Monster Performance Goes Live
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. ATI’s RADEON X800-series does not sport some capabilities NVIDIA’s new chips are able to execute, such as Shader Model 3.0.
$862 per Graphics Card?
Akiba PC Hotline reports that Japanese retailers charge customers from $682 to $862 per single Sapphire ATI RADEON X800 XT graphics card, which is higher than competing products now and other high-end devices in the pasts.
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Astonishing Speed in Limited Quantities
Alienware, one of the largest builders of high-performance personal computer for gamers and other enthusiasts, last week started to offer ATI RADEON X800 XT graphics cards with 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 RADEON X800 PRO graphics card. In order to upgrade to NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra graphics card customers have to pay extra $265, in order to change the graphics card to NVIDIA GeForce FX 5950 Extreme, end-users have to bid extra $30, while installing ATI RADEON X800 XT graphics card cost customers extra $108.
At press time Alienware did not have NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra and ATI RADEON X800 XT graphics cards in stock immediately.
Very few retailers from the