Overdrive, the way it is now, is more of a marketing gimmick than a feature that will enable substantial performance gains. VSync off, S3TC off in applications. A jut on the plate is pressed against the PCB part where the core is located. Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus. Most Popular Newsletters News Alerts. Actually, only the clock speeds differ.

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ATI’s Radeon XT graphics card – The Tech Report – Page 1

Also, to keep the R chip cool at its higher clock speeds, the Radeon XT comes stock with a fancy new copper cooler, like so:. Most people would probably say no, yet most graphics card reviews today still continue to include vast amounts of frame-rate data with little attention given to the associated image quality.

Sign up for free! A similar cooler design was first used one and a half years ago on a GeForce4 Ti based card.

ATI Radeon 9800 XT

It is hard to say the XT is a supreme bargain at its current price, but flagship cards like this are for power users — and in this particular case, there is no compromise being made in the performance department. Image quality is subjective, of course, so it is not as easy to draw conclusions based on image quality as it is to compare two frame rates.

We wish everyone a joyous holiday season and much success in ! In the PassMark Performance Test suite, this card scored The point of using benchmarks in graphics cards reviews is that, in rwdeon, the results should help people make well-informed purchasing decisions. That’s the way ATI’s anisotropy works.


Emulation of the NV38 improved its performance a little. The copper heat spreader also touches the underside of the board directly at the back of where the graphics core chip would be. At the same time, the breakaway from the MB card was inconsiderable.

ATI Radeon 9800 XT Graphics Card Reviewed

Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus. We should also mention that although Overdrive could be considered “safe” overclocking, as it won’t radeoj higher than its prespecified maximum temperature, the speeds at which that temperature will be reached will vary from chip to chip, so the maximum clock rates achieved also will vary, much like normal overclocking. See Table 1 below for manufacturer specification comparisons between the XT and the Nvidia chipset.


While the ATI Radeon XT produces frame rates comparable to the Nvidia GeForce FX chipset in many of today’s most popular benchmarks, the Radeon delivers — on average — higher frame raceon in many of the most popular 3D-intensive applications released in the past year. I’d like go back in time to a simpler era with far less technology. Merry Christmas from The Tech Report staff! It’s an interesting approach but set a little too safe in my opinion.

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What you are looking at is a refresh product, faster clocked and better cooled Radeon Pro with a very nice cooling ait on top of it. In general, this benchmark works more or less well on these drivers. Cards used for comparison:. The Unreal II game has problems with fog on the v To get a sense for what the XT brings to the table, let’s bust 9800x one of our world-famous chip charts.


It’s a stunning counter-trend in the world of computers, where components consistently drop in price over time as Moore’s Law enables wondrous new things. Running full tilt, the XT’s cooler isn’t horribly loud, but it’s definitely audible. They have to move towards. This means the board can still be suitable for many small-form-factor PCs, including Shuttle machines.

Technology could solve afi of the world’s problems if properly applied. And a little bit of extra bite is all the product needs to get beat that Core card again. With the tweaks, the Radeon XT has reached new highs: Neutronbeam Zak, you know you can’t validate any of the above details without first throwing The downside is that the actual overclocked improvement is somewhat minuscule.

The light modes without AA and anisotropy: If your budget is a little less forgiving, an ATI or a Pro still would be an excellent buy.