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Product : X850XT IceQII Turbo VIVO AGP and X850XT Platinum Edition IceQII VIVO AGP
Company : HIS
Author : Mark 'Ratchet' Thorne
Date : May 9th, 2005

Conclusion

HIS' X850XT Platinum and X850XT are physically identical. In fact, without the little sticker on the back of the card proclaiming which is which, the only way to tell them apart would be to install them and check out their clock speeds.

Thanks to iTurbo, the X850XT even turns into a X850XT Platinum with the click of a button. The only tangible difference between the two cards then is essentially overclocking ability. In my tests, the X850XT Platinum can reach a little higher than the X850XT for both core and memory speeds.

If you're not interested into overclocking then you should stick with the X850XT and use iTurbo which doesn't void your warranty and is easy to install. There's no real reason to shell out the extra $100 for the Platinum version. In fact, the X850XT Platinum Edition has it's memory clocked at precisly 584MHz, 6MHz slower than the X850XT's 590MHz memory clock when iTurbo is enabled. Neither card is cheap by any means, but for $100 less the X850XT is clearly the better buy.

Overall, both of the cards offer excellent performance that can't be beatů at least not on the AGP bus. In the end it may be the AGP bus that is the sticking point with these cards. PCI-Express is here to stay and with all the big motherboard chipset manufacturers such as Intel, ATI, nVidia, and VIA all busy producing PCI-Express based technologies, I would personally find it extremely difficult to spend this kind of money on an AGP based card. The relatively large investment will have to be shelved when the time comes to upgrade to a PCI-Express platform.


Verdicts

HIS X850XT IceQII Platinum Edition AGP

Overall Score
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Plus
  • Extremely Fast
  • Great cooling performance with hardly any noise
  • Nice bundle
  • VIVO
  • Blue UV glow looks cool
Minus
  • Very, very expensive

HIS X850XT IceQII Turbo AGP

Rage3D Editor's Choice Award
Rage3D Editor's Choice Award
Overall Score
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Plus
  • Very Fast
  • iTurbo turns it into a Platinum Edition for $100 less
  • $50 cheaper than the X800XT Platinum
  • Great cooling performance with hardly any noise
  • Nice bundle
  • Blue UV glow looks cool
Minus
  • Slightly slower than the X800XT Platinum





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