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    ASUS AX800 XT 256-MB Review
    By Vince Freeman :  October 28, 2004

    Benchmark Analysis

    The ASUS AX800 XT definitely showed off some high-end gaming performance, and proved to be at least the equal of the GeForce 6800 Ultra. Prior to the release of 3DMark 2005, we gave the nod to the high-end GeForce 6800-based cards, but now that ATI has a convincing DirectX 9 performance benchmark to offset the NVIDIA DOOM 3 advantage, it's a tougher call. At the very top of the performance scale, there is not much to choose from between the Radeon X800 XT and GeForce 6800 Ultra, with each providing advantages in certain areas. The single-slot design of the ASUS AX800 XT is a definite selling point, and ATI's ability to offer ultra high-end performance with standard cooling solutions is to be commended.

    Value

    Once we climb to the peaks of enthusiast-level video cards, the term "overall value" becomes a relative one. This level of buyer is interested in the very best 3D game performance and hottest features, with cost being only a secondary consideration. The ASUS AX800 XT 256-MB checks in at a retail price of approximately $585-$599, which places it at a price point commensurate with its high-end performance. It is also about on par with the ASUS-branded GeForce 6800 Ultra 256-MB card, but noticeably less expensive than the ASUS GeForce 6800 GT 256-MB ($410) and 128-MB ($345), not to mention the standard Radeon X800 XT 256-MB ($460).

    * Please note that online prices reflect Retail models. Prices are taken at the time of review, and are not intended to reflect long-term trends.

    Conclusion

    The Radeon X800 XT Platinum offers a compelling alternative to the GeForce 6800 Ultra, and is in tight with NVIDIA's fastest for your enthusiast dollar. Regardless of where you come down in the ATI vs. NVIDIA battle, there is no denying that ASUS has created a superior card, and the AX800 XT 256-MB sits right at the top of the performance chart. The card's game speed may be cutting-edge, but the ASUS AX800 XT doesn't stop there, and also provides VIVO multimedia capabilities, and a killer retail bundle. At least until the AiW Radeon X800 models are released, this is about as good as it gets on the ATI side.

    Pros:

    • Excellent 3D Performance
    • VIVO Capabilities
    • Single-Slot Design

    Cons:

    • Expensive

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    Page 1 The ASUS AX800 XT (X800 XT Platinum) 256-MB Card
    Page 2 Performance and Test System
    Page 3 Quake 3 and Wolfenstein: ET Performance
    Page 4 Unreal Tournament 2003 and 2004 Performance
    Page 5 DOOM 3 and Halo: Combat Evolved Performance
    Page 6 X2 Demo & Comanche 4 Performance
    Page 7 FarCry and AquaMark 3 Performance
    Page 8 3DMark 2005 Standard & Feature Performance
  • Page 9 Benchmark Analysis, Value and Conclusion

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