HIS Radeon X800GT IceQII
Let's put things in perspective right off the bat: the X800GTs purpose in life is to rid ATI and their AIBs of excess current generation inventory before the next-generation products hit the market. It's here so that ATI can sell R480, R430, and R423 graphics core inventory by plopping it on a graphics card that can be sold relatively cheaply and, therefore, en masse. A graphics card that, quite bluntly, is already at the end of it's life cycle.
With that out of the way, potential customers shouldn't feel slighted by this business practice. In fact it leads to a lot of extremely attractive products that only a short time ago would have cost you and arm and a leg (or a gallon of gas) to own. The X800GT for example is based on a core that ATI used to build their highest performing parts with not too long ago. They've been speed binned of course and probably have defects that prevent them from working at the highest level of performance for which they were originally intended for, but then again there's a chance that they are perfectly operation as well. And I think that's exactly what ATI and their AIBs are counting on. Frugal gamers looking for a high-end card on the cheap would probably be willing to take the $199 chance that the X800GT can be modded into a fully function 16-pipe X800XT or X850XT screamer. Even ignoring the modding potential, most X800GT cards should be extremely overclockable from their 475MHz-core/490Mhz-memory stock settings with stock cooling and nothing more.
HIS, like many of ATI's other AIBs, have recognized that the X800GT would be very attractive to those frugal gamers and have introduced a new addition to the IceQ lineup dubbed the X800GT IceQII Turbo. I'll be taking an admittedly quick look at this X800GTin this review and running it through it's paces. Read on to see if it's the X800GT you're looking for.