MSI RX800: Radeon X800 XT (PCI Express) - HotHardware

MSI RX800: Radeon X800 XT (PCI Express)

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In the past few months we've seen numerous announcements for PCI Express equipped core logic chipsets, and we have already evaluated a few of them as well.  We've previously looked at Intel's 900 Series of chipsets, NVIDIA's nForce 4 and ATi's RADEON XPRESS 200, and hope to get our hands on VIA's K8T890 and SiS' x56 chipsets very soon.  All of the major graphics chip makers have also been touting PCI Express support in their new GPUs.  In fact, ATi's and NVIDIA's newest graphics chips, the GeForce 6600 and Radeon X700, are native PCI Express parts, and have to be bridged in order to work with AGP.  After what may have been considered a slow roll-out, it seems like the move to PCI Express is finally starting to ramp up.  PCI Express is here to stay, and it's getting more popular everyday.

The latest PCI Express graphics card to arrive in the HotHardware lab comes by way of MSI. The RX800 (model number RX800XT-VTD256E) is a Radeon X800 XT powered graphics card, that's equipped with 256MB of high-speed GDDR3 memory and ATi's Rage Theater chip. MSI also includes a few other useful niceties to woo potential customers.  Take a look...

   

MSI RX800 Radeon X800 XT (PCI Express Version)
Features & Specifications

MSI RX800
_500MHz engine
_.13 micron copper low-k
_1.0GHz memory data rate
_256-bit memory interface
_256MB GDDR3 memory
_16 pixel pipes
_6 vertex pipes
_8.32 Gigapixel/second fill rate
_HYPER Z support for HD resolutions including Hierarchical Z, color and Z compression
_Hierarchical Z and Early Z
_Z Compression
_Fast Z Clear
_Z/Stencil Cache

3Dc Compression Technology
_Lossless Normal Map Compression
_4:1 Normal Map Compression technology

Smart Shader HD
_1536 Shader Instructions
_Flexible Shader Architecture

SmoothVision HD
_Improved Anti Improved performance
_Temporal Anti Aliasing
_Centroid Sample Anti-Aliasing Mode
_Programmable sparse sample patterns

VideoShader HD
_High quality video processing & acceleration
_Real time user programmable video effects
_Video post processing and filtering
_MPEG 1, 2, 4 encode and decode acceleration
_FULLSTREAM Video Deblocking
_WMV9 decode acceleration
_High quality resolution scaling
_Adaptive Per Pixel Deinterlacing
_Motion Compensation
_Noise removal filtering
_Display Rotation

 


      

MSI ships the RX800XT-VTD256E with one of, if not the best software and accessory bundles we have seen included with a video card to date.  The only other companies that come close are Sapphire and Asus, with perhaps a slight edge going to Asus because of the webcam they've been including with some of their high-end cards. Included with the RX800 we found a standard 6-ft S-Video cable, a DVI-to-DB15 adapter, a splitter for connecting the card to an HD-TV's component inputs and another adapter cable equipped with S-Video and composite video inputs and outputs.

On the software front, there's a lot to mention.  MSI included three full version games with the RX800, namely Uru, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, and XIII.  There is also a 14-in-1 game CD that contains some popular demos for games like Joint Operations: Typhoon Rising, Deus Ex, Splinter Cell and Black Hawk Down, among others.  To compliments the card's ViVo capabilities, MSI included a copy of Intervideo WinDVD creator (more info here), and there a whole host of other software utilities included as well.  Thankfully, MSI lists them all on this page, along with descriptions for each.  Follow that link for the complete rundown; there is simply too much to list here...

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