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Friday, August 27, 2004
Asus AX X800 XT Review

1. Introduction

Asus Radeon X800 XT Platinum Edition

Asus managed to surprise us once more. Except from the great variety of consumer electronics and optical drives, Asus has also released some top notch hardware products. In the past I had the opportunity to review the Asus FX 5900 GE VGA card. You can read the review in CDRinfo's first VGA roundup. And being faithful to it's promises Asus has send us it's latest VGA card - The AX X800 XT supplied with 256 MB of DDR 3 Video Memory.

As known ATI's XT models are already overclocked by the manufacturer, so the default clock speeds are 520 MHz for it's engine and 1.12 Ghz (2x 520 MHz) for it's memory clock. Very high clock speeds indeed but let's see more about the specifications of this Graphics monster.

- Specifications

GPU ATI X800 XT (R420)
Memory Bus Width 256 MB
Memory interface 256 bit
Memory Type DDR3
Core Clock 520 MHz
Memory Clock 1.12 GHz (2x560)
Memory Bandwidth 36.8 GB/s
Pixel Fill Rate 8.8 Gpixels/sec
Geometry rate 750 Mtriangles/sec
Bus 8x/4x/2x AGP
Processing technology 0.13µ
Output Connections DVI out, CRT out, S-Video out
Cooling Fan Sink
2D Display Resolutions & Hz 640x480@240, 800x600@240, 1024x768@200, 1152x864@170, 1280x1024@150, 1600x1200@100, 1920x1440@85, 2048x1536@85
3D Maximum resolution 2048x1536 with 16.7M colors
Anisotropic Filtering modes (AF) 2x/4x/6x
Full Scene Anti-Aliasing (FSAA) modes 2x/4x//8x/16x
Dual Display Supported
Pipelines 16
Texture units per pixel pipeline 1
Technologies supported

-SmartShader HD
-SmoothVision HD
-HyperZ HD
- VideoShader HD

OpenGL support 2.0
Pixel Shader Support 3.0
Vertex Shader Support 3.0
DTV/HDTV decoding
System requirements

Intel® Pentium® 4/III/Celeron™, AMD® Duron/Athlon®/Athlon XP®, or 4X (1.5V), compatible with AGP, 8X (0.8v) or Universal AGP 3.0 bus configuration
• Windows 2000, XP
• 128MB of system memory
• Installation software requires
CD-ROM drive
• DVD playback requires DVD drive
• 350 Watt power supply or
greater recommended


Click to enlarge

The front side of Asus AX X800 XT

Very nice fan and guess what...

... it glows in the dark!!!


The back side

The back side of the fan sink

Click to enlarge

Fan sink removed

A closer look of the R420 GPU

Samsung memories used

ATI's Rage Theater chip


-The bundle

Asus is one of the few manufacturers offering great software bundle. The accompanied software is consisted of the following:
Asus/CyberLink: PowerDirector 3DE
Ulead Cool 3D SE 3.0
Ulead Photo Express SE 4.0
Asus/CyberLink: MediaShow SE 2.0
WinDVD Creator
Deus Ex Invisible War
Counter Strike - Condition Zero (2 disky)
Instalation CD (2 disks)

A USB camera is also included in the box. It's specifications are the following:

- USB CMOS camera
- 300 kpixels
- Built-in microphone
- More than 30fps / QVGA
- Ideal for video conference, video chatting
- Support hardware snap-shot button

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