ATI Graphics round-up


ASUS Extreme AX800XT

Thanks to some clever and simplistic naming scheme, ASUS doesn’t add to the confusion to an already complex scheme used by chip makers, as is the case of the Extreme AX800XT which has been named similarly to the chip used on the card. The card doesn’t show us anything new in terms of external features, we find DVI and TV outputs, as well as a large HSF unit covering most of the PCB, including the memory modules.

On the back of the card we can see more memory modules using no heat dissipation, not the most recommendable setup for overclocking, though it keeps the card fit for one-slot operation. No other chip stands out in this part of the card, you may notice the space reserved for VIVO chip which is not present in this version of the card.

Pros: Good performance.

Cons: No VIVO feature, slightly noisy, expensive.


ASUS Extreme AX800XL

Out of the box, this card resembles the previous one. Similar looking box, same software bundle, and even the card itself looks almost the same. Box contents include the card, a multi-language installation manual, two DVI to VGA adapters and the cables necessary to use the Video In/Out features. The software bundle includes Joint Operation, Power Director3, ASUS DVD XP, Media Show, and the drivers, of course. As you will see on the pictures below, the card looks almost the same to the XT with the exception of the VIVO chip.

The memory modules are covered on the front by the HSF which is very similar to the one used by ATI. On the back we can see four more modules, which correspond to half of the 256MB DDR3 (980MHz Samsung) used in this card. As mentioned before, we can see the Rage Theater chip implemented on this card.

Pros: Good performance, no need of external power, VIVO.

Cons: Slightly noisy.

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