The Road Ahead for Open Source. Also, to keep the R chip cool at its higher clock speeds, the Radeon XT comes stock with a fancy new copper cooler, like so:. As you can see, the driver Access millions of IT and business decision makers. The end result is that statistics derived from common benchmarks can no longer be considered a perfect indicator of graphic performance. Previous cards had a small heatsink with a fan in the center, and this one is equipped with a massive copper heatsink with the fan shifted off from the core center. Their response is the upcoming NV

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The feature has been labeled ‘Overdrive’ and was introduced in the Catalyst 3.


Vote to See Results. If you do your own benchmarking, our recommendation is to avoid using benchmarks that produce an exceptionally high frame rate. I’m glad ATI changes its attitude towards appearance of their products and now we can see a really beautiful cooler,which is also very effective.

It runs a lower speeds during normal use, and kicks up to a faster speed when the R chip gets a workout. That is why the R XT easily wins. Unfortunately the makes of HL2 Valve have had a very nasty experience with a hacker, Half-life 2 leaked and it’s extremely quiet at Valve. The first is more likely. There is one XT configuration available on the market. High-End and Middle-End respectively.


Voldenuit It’s nice of Krogoth 98000xt fill in for Chuckula over the holidays. For example, because the XT is so fast, the results of testing it using a few of PassMark’s Performance Test modules are almost meaningless. This card easily pushed above frames per second at the highest resolution and highest image-quality settings in Unreal Tournament — and that’s with anti-aliasing cranked up.

Access millions of IT and business decision makers. The XT’s front heatsink fan assembly quite obviously features a considerably oversized fan, at least in relation to previous ATI cards. The Awakening Legend Ent. We wish everyone a joyous holiday season and much success fadeon ! The fan sits high but it’s shifted well to the left, that is why installation of low-profile PCI cards won’t hamper cooling.

Somehow, these two trends coexist, this creeping exclusivity and the constant march of semiconductor progress.

Unlike with traditional overclocking tools, use of the Overdrive feature does not void the warranty of the XT. Get Permission to License or Reproduce this Article. Even more recent games, like Unreal Tournamentcan generate excessive frame rates at resolutions of x with default quality settings.

Altogether, however, the XT seems to be a better buy than the Nvidiathough many Nvidia loyalists likely would disagree. Running full tilt, the XT’s cooler isn’t horribly loud, but it’s definitely audible.

First of all, we do not carry out synthetic tests because it’s obvious that overclocking won’t change the situation much – the correlation of the test results will remain the same. With the new cooler, new PCB layout, and tweaked silicon, ATI says the XT is more overclockable than its forerunner, although we haven’t had the card long enough to test that theory just yet.


Trust me when I say that after reading this review, you will be impressed. Now that by itself is not going to work miracles, yet in memory limited situations loads of high quality textures, filtering and AA modes it will help you here and there.

ATI RADEON 9800 XT graphics card – Radeon 9800 XT – 256 MB

The ANISO 8x Quality mode provided the real maximum quality with both trilinear filtering and anisotropy working to their full capacity. The cooler won’t occupy an adjacent PCI slot. Angel of Darkness v. I’d like go back in time to a simpler era with far less technology.

Rwdeon Unreal II game has problems with fog on the v ATI has modified R silicon in order to clean up some trouble areas and to allow for higher clock speeds. Also, to keep the R chip cool at its higher clock speeds, the Radeon XT comes stock with a fancy new copper cooler, like so:. These two products now crown their own niches: GPU clocked at MHz.