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ATI RADEON X800 PRO Shootout (AGP)
By Vijay Anand
Category : Graphics
Published by Vijay Anand on Saturday, 12th February, 2005


Any product coming from ABIT immediately rings bells of overclocking, but before we even get near to that topic, let's find a little more of the product at hand. The ABIT RX800 PRO is a basic RADEON X800 PRO graphics card, which does not support video capturing capabilities. TV-output is still available and has become a defacto capability of all graphics cards these days. The card itself is basically a reference design right down to the cooler, with only the ABIT sticker trying to instill some uniqueness to the product:-

The ABIT RX800 PRO graphics card with 256MB of DDR3 memory.

A close-up of the memory parts reveal that the card was outfitted with eight of these 2ns memory chips, which dictate a maximum certified operating speed of 1GHz DDR. Of course, the card is set to run the memory at a default of 900MHz DDR as with all other RADEON X800 PRO cards in this shootout.

The ABIT RX800 PRO with its box packaging.

The ABIT RX800 PRO graphics card comes in one of the neatest packaging we've seen with separate boxed compartments, just like those found in ABIT's current motherboard packages. Rounding up the contents, we have the following items:-

  • DVI-I to VGA adapter
  • S-Video to Composite converter
  • Component-output cable dongle
  • S-Video extension cable
  • Composite extension cable
  • Y-Power cable splitter
  • ABIT Installation and User Guides
  • Driver CD
  • Software: CyberLink PowerDVD 5.0

    Generally, ABIT forgoes extra software but it was nice of them to supply a full retail DVD playback software from CyberLink in the RX800 PRO package. Cables and accessories were well taken care, including HDTV output cable (Component output). It's not exactly high quality, but it will suffice for basic usage and experimenting. If you plan to use HDTV output regularly and have high expectations in visual quality, it is advisable to purchase a decent set from the usual vendors in the A/V cabling business to enhance your visual experience.

    The cable package is as follows, from top left to right: Y-Power cable splitter, S-Video extension cable, Composite extension cable and Component-output cable dongle. At the bottom row: S-Video to Composite converter plug, DVI-I to DB15 VGA adapter.

    While the card achieved performance that was to our expectations, its display output quality wasn't quite satisfactory. Observing through our Philips Brilliance 202P4, a 22-inch professional CRT monitor, high resolutions such as 1280x1024 and 1600x1200 revealed the graphics card's inability to output a clean signal. At 1280x1024, text, icons and images were not quite as sharp and defined as the other cards in the roundup. However, that wasn't as obvious as the problem we faced at 1600x1200 where the display turned out blurry. This is perhaps the main downside for the ABIT RX800 PRO and we direct users to other solutions for those who demand pristine high-resolution output on their big screen monitors.

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