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Reviewed by: Ed Lau [09.17.04]
Manufactured by: HIS

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ATI Radeon X800 Pro 256MB: $394 @ mWave
ATI Radeon X800 XT 256MB: $479 @ eCost

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FarCry (1.1)

Alright, let's get into a game that actually stresses this card.  DirectX 9 shaders and other ridiculous effects should put them to work. Good thing my Athlon 64 came with a copy of this.

FarCry looks so beautiful at 1600x1200 but our demo proved to be too much for the X800 Pro and 9800 Pro, dipping them below 30fps. The XTPE is holding its own though.


Alright, so we've seen the superiority that is the XTPE but can you save $100 by purchasing the Pro and overclocking the crap out of it? The HIS model is amply cooled by the massive heatsink so we should be able to squeeze a bit more out of it.

I managed to get the Pro up to a clock/memory of 540/565 up from the stock of 475/450, which is actually a higher clock speed than the XTPE (520MHz) and only 10 behind on memory (XTPE = 575MHz).

Oh yeah. You can expect the overclocked Pro to still lag behind the XTPE but not by a huge amount. Probably about 5% across the board with numbers like that. But of course, for an extra $150, don't forget you can overclock the crap out of the XTPE as well. However, I've decided not to since...why on earth would you need to overclock one of the fastest cards on the planet? The XTPE is pretty much overkill for EVERYTHING except maybe Doom 3, which I've heard has a quality mode for people running TWO graphics cards in SLI.

My time machine works!  We're back in the '90s!

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