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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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So exactly how much ass does this card kick?

Did anyone see the movie Super Size Me? Remember all those people the documentary guy showed at the beginning to emphasize what eating McDonald's all the time does to you? The XTPE kicks all those people's asses and a few thin asses as well. The combination of speed in comparison to the previous 9800 generation of cards, a great cooling setup, VIVO and a surprisinlgy good software bundle sets the HIS Excalibur IceQ II in another league altogether. I'd have to say it is probably the best card to ever come into my possession. It's not just about speed, it's the total package like Lex Luger!

But I'm not fooling anyone. Much of that has to do with speed, which is why the X800 Pro version of HIS' card only kicks half as much ass. For the previous few generations of video cards, the $150 difference would mean a very small performance difference but the Pro lags behind the XTPE a considerable amount.

However, the HIS Pro has a good amount of headroom for overclocking and you should see XTPE-like performance if you overclock. As always, this is at your own risk. Don't come knocking on my door if something goes wrong.

So if you just purchased a 9800, should you kick your own ass? Yes, yes you should. If you're looking for smokin' performance, save your money and just go get yourself a X800 in whichever flavor you like.  By the time you get that cash saved, prices will come down and it will be like having a FREE $100! Yes, I know that's nuts but - try to think positive.

  • XT: Spankingly fast!
  • Pro: Not as fast but STILL fast!
  • Pro: Overclocks relatively well
  • Both: Great feature package and bundle

  • Pro: Not as fast as I expected
  • Both: Price. If your name is Trump, go for it.