Sapphire 100103-RD Radeon X850 XT

Sapphire 100103-RD Radeon X850 XT

Sapphire_100103-RD-x850XT.jpgIf Sapphire had sent its X850 XT board that’s outfitted with one VGA and one DVI port, it would have fit our under-$300 price point. This dual-DVI version increases the card’s cost to $440!

But considering that it was 1.9fps slower than XFX’s much cheaper GeForce 6800GT playing Doom 3, and only 9.6fps faster with Far Cry, we don’t consider it a good value at either price point.

The faster-clocked Sapphire board (we clocked its core at 533MHz and its GDDR3 memory at 554MHz) requires an unappealing two-slot cooler. We were also disappointed with ATI’s MPEG-2 decoding. This GPU performed better than ATI’s lower-end chips, but it remains inferior to all the nVidia solutions we tested. If you’re craving VIVO for video-editing exploits, on the other hand, the X850XT will punch your ticket. The XFX board offers only TV-out.
Michael Brown

Month Reviewed: November 2005

Verdict: 5

URL: www.sapphiretech.com

HEAD-TO-HEAD VIDEOCARD BENCHMARKS




DOOM 3 (fps) FAR CRY (fps)
HALO (fps)


3DMARK05


3DMARK03
3DMARK03 GAME 2 (fps) 3DMARK03 GAME 4 (fps)
HQV SCORE
LEADTEK WINFAST PX6600 TDH 18.1 35.1 44.0 3,626 8,562 12.9 15.4 73
SAPPHIRE RADEON X800 GT 18.3 49.4 42.7 4,213 9,566 12.2 23.0 55
MSI NX6800 RIDDICK 24.6 46.4 42.6 3,887 9,218 15.8 22.3 73
CONNECT3D 3028 X800XL 31.0 60.2 58.6 5,092 10,921 22.3 32.2 55
XFX GEFORCE 6800GT 39.8 71.2 63.3 5,145 11,945 24.6 28.1 78
SAPPHIRE RADEON X850 XT 37.9 80.8 78.0 6,189 12,648 26.5 38.3 65
BFG GEFORCE 7800 GT OC 49.7 84.2 87.4 6,911 14,894 32.2 46.2 83
ATI RADEON X850 XT PE 40.2 87.1 80.2 6,468 13,170 28.4 41.1 65
PNY VERTO GEFORCE 7800 GTX 53.6 81.5 102.6 7,648 16,074 33.8 47.9 83
ASUS EXTREME N7800 GTX TOP 60.5 91.3
111.2
8,560 17,698 39.8 58.7 83

Best scores in each category (shaded) are bolded.

HOW WE TESTED:

TEST SYSTEM: Athlon FX-55, nForce4, SLI motherboard, 2GB DDR RAM

DOOM 3: Timedemo 1 tested at 1600x1200, High Quality, 4x AA

FAR CRY: Boat level tested at 1600x1200, all settings on High (water at Ultra High), 4x AA, 8x aniso

HALO: Timedemo script tested at 1600x1200

3DMARK03 GAME 2 AND GAME 4: Tested at 1600x1200, 4x AA, 8x aniso

3DMARK03 AND 3DMARK05: Tested using default settings

HQV SCORE: HQV Benchmark DVD

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