Abit Fatal1ty Radeon X800 XL

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The Radeon X800 XL has been a very successful GPU for ATI. The X800 XL has been widely available for quite some time, it's built using a .11 micron process that make it a cost effective part for ATI to produce, and retail cards based on the X800 XL GPU offer very good performance for the price. 256MB variants of the X800 XL have also been available for under $250, which made them quite popular with both gamers and the overclocking crowd. The Radeon X800 XL's excellent price / performance ratio was undeniable. But then, back in June, ATI launched a 512MB version of the Radeon X800 XL. 512MB cards offered better performance in some applications and when running at high resolutions with anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering enabled, but the cards were also priced significantly higher than their 256MB counterparts. In fact, upon their initial introduction 512MB Radeon X800 XL prices hovered around $500. Unfortunately, $500 was enough dough for a much more powerful GeForce 7800 GTX and the larger frame buffer didn't offer dramatic performance improvements in today's games, so in the end the 512MB Radeon X800 XL wasn't widely accepted by the gaming community.

However, since then, prices for the 512MB Radeon X800 XL have dropped considerably. And companies like Sapphire and Abit now offer 512MB X800 XL's for well under $400. Today on HotHardware we're going to look at Abit's take on the Radeon X800 XL that bares the "Fatal1ty" brand. Unlike virtually every other video card to pass through the labs the past couple of years, Abit has actually veered from ATI's reference design and is offering a unique solution, with features that set it apart from its competition. Abit's Fatal1ty X800 XL 512MB may not be the king of the 3D performance hill, but there is a lot to like about this video card.  Check it out...

Abit Fatal1ty Radeon X800 XL 512MB
Features & Specifications

ATi Radeon X800 XL
_400MHz / 420MHz engine
_.11 micron
_1.0GHz / 1.1GHz memory data rate
_256-bit memory interface
_512MB GDDR3 memory
_16 pixel pipes
_6 vertex pipes
_6.4 Gigapixel/second fill rate
_32.8 GB/s Peak Memory Bandwidth
_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

Six Vertex Engines
_Workstation class vertex processing power
_600 million polygon transforms per second
_5.7 billion vertex shader operations per second
_Workstation-class performance

High-detail Geometry
_Designed for next-gen games with massive polygon counts
_Allows huge numbers of characters on screen at once
_High definition foliage and particle effects

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

Smart Shader HD
_Long pixel shaders
_1536 instructions per pass
_High-detail geometry shaders
_Infinite length shaders (multipass via F-buffer)
_Single pass trig functions (Sine & Cosine)

SmoothVision HD
_Sparse sample pattern AA with gamma correction
_Temporal AA (up to 12X effective)
_Centroid AA
_16X Anisotropic filtering with adaptive heuristics

HyperZ HD
_Optimized for performance at high display resolutions, including HDTV resolutions
_Lossless z-buffer compression (up to 48:1)
_Rejects up to 256 occluded pixels per clock
_Up to 32 Z/stencil operations/clock

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

 


   

Like Abit's other "Fatal1ty" branded products, the Fatal1ty X800 XL 512MB bares the mark, and endorsement, of professional gamer Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel right on the box. Inside the box though, there isn't anything special to see, other than the card itself that is. Included with Abit's Fatal1ty X800 XL 512MB were a couple of manuals, one a typical User's Guide and the other a guide detailing the use of Abit's proprietary vGuru software, and the requisite driver / utility CD. Alongside the manuals and driver CD were an assortment of cables and connectors, that included an S-Video to composite adapter, an S-Video cable, a composite video cable, and a dual-Molex to 6-Pin PCI Express power adapter. As you can see, the Fatal1ty X800 XL 512MB's bundle wasn't exactly barren, but it would have been nice to see a game or two included to showcase the capabilities of the card, especially considering its relatively high price.

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