There's really not much else I can fault Sapphire's X800XT for. It has a kick-ass bundle with Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow and Price of Persia: The Sands of Time, among other software odds and ends. It's smoking fast thanks to the 16-pipe R420 core, which runs only 20MHz slower than the X800XT Platinum, and it has the same 1.6ns Samsung memory that the Platinum cards also use. It overclocks pretty good too, going beyond Platinum speeds, so if overclocking a $500 card doesn't bother you then you can get a Platinum, or even better, for a bit cheaper. The fact that it's a single-slot card and that it doesn't require an overly beefy PSU is good, and the VIVO features is a nice bonus.
The only thing that comes up is that it's pretty expensive at around $500 on the street, especially for a card which is not at the top of the performance heap (though it is very close). That's a pretty small point to make though considering the fact that the Sapphire X800XT is on par or cheaper than most other X800XT's and comes with a much better bundle than most. Considering how near impossible the X800XT Platinum cards are to find, the X800XT is probably the fastest ATI based card you'll easily come across.
That's all there is to say about Sapphire's X800XT really. Fast, excellent bundle.
4.5 out of 5
- Excellent bundle
- Overclocks to Platinum Edition speed easily
- Single slot
- Quiet, runs relativly cool too