Today sees the introduction of a new video card from ATI: the Radeon X800 GT. It's designed to compete with NVIDIA's GeForce 6600 GT
in the £140-and-under price bracket that has thus far been occupied by ATI's Radeon X700 Pro.
Club 3D have opted to rename their Radeon X800 GT to the Radeon X800 RX, as they've opted to cater for the enthusiast who is looking to get the most out of their purchase.
It's based on the same R480 GPU that is used on ATI's top-of-the-line Radeon X850 series video cards with half of the pixel pipelines disabled in the BIOS. The GPU is clocked at a healthy 475MHz with eight of the sixteen pixel pipelines enabled, while all six vertex shaders remain intact.
The chips come from the same wafer as the Radeon X850 series GPU's, but there's a high probability that the GPU's will have slight deficiencies, meaning that they probably failed QA during stress testing. Of course, there is a chance that you will be able to unlock the disabled parts of the GPU, resulting in some great value for money.
Club 3D have coupled the GPU with 256MB of GDDR3 memory clocked at an impressive 980MHz on a 256-bit memory interface, delivering some 31.3GB/sec of memory bandwidth to the eight pixel pipelines. The company are also saying that the card will come with a 10 layer PCB to ensure maximum stability when overclocking the card.
The card will be CrossFire ready, so you will be able to add in a CrossFire Edition video card once the products are made available by ATI, and the RX range of video cards will be fully supported by ATI in future driver updates meaning that there will be no need for a specialist driver from the manufacturer to fix problems and issues.
We'll be bringing you the first review of this card in the UK over the next couple of weeks - we understand that ours is already in transit. You should be able to buy these cards from your favourite etailer later this week.
Will it break all performance barriers at this price point? Let us know what you think in our forums