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Thursday, May 12, 2005
Connect3D X800XL

3. A closer look

The X800XL is much larger than almost all other graphics cards, almost reaching the width of the motherboard.

The front side of the card.(click for hi-res).

A metallic heatsink and fan, pretty much like the one on the X800XT, is responsible for cooling the X800XL. No fancy stickers or lights are found on the card and the heatsink lies bare on the card with nothing printed on it.

The back side of X850 XT PE(click for hi-res)

A metal plate screwed on the back of the card ensures the heatsink is properly attached to the GPU.

Connect3D X800XL with HSF removed

Removing the cooler from the X800XL, we can see the memory parts and core underneath it. The heatsink was also attached to the memories providing cooling to them too.

The R430 chipset


To our surprise, the R430 chipset has the X800 PRO marking on it.

The memory modules used on the Connect3D are a set of eight 32MB K4J55323QF-GC20. These modules are meant to run at 2.0ns which means 500MHz, very close to the stock setting of 490MHz.

Removing the fan exposes the R480 core.

Just like all mid and high-end cards, the X800XL needs power to operate correctly. For that reason, a molex power connector is found on the upper right corner of the card. If you forget to plug it in, a message will appear during the system's boot and prompt you to do so.

One molex power connector needed


One VGA, a single D-sub and a DVI-I output found on the card's rear

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