Doom 3 is
the most advanced OpenGL game to date. It takes advantage of the latest
videocard technology and pushes the processing power of the CPU to its absolute
limits. At its highest setting, Ultra quality, texture sizes pass the 500MB mark
which means even tomorrow's videocards will have a hard time running everything.
The frame rates in the game itself are locked at 60 fps so anything above that point is
wasted. Each test is run three times and with the third run being
Even with 4x AA and 16x AF, the ATi X800 XL provides
playable framerates in Doom 3 in High quality mode at 1024x768. Excellent.
Good Job ATi!
If you're looking for
something faster than the mainstream videocards on the market but don't want to
mortgage your house, the ATi Radeon X800 XL is exactly what the doctor ordered.
Early third-party X800 XL videocards were going for as high as $500 CDN, but
since ATi came to the market with its own X800 XL, prices have settled down. Now
you can find some X800 XL's below ATi's MSRP of $399 CDN.
The 3D performance of the ATi Radeon X800 XL was excellent. It
scored well in every test we threw at it, even when AA and AF were involved. The
card would routinely battle it out with the more expensive MSI GeForce 6800GT
for second place, and when overclocked performed close to X800 XT levels.
The extra hardware that accompanies the ATi Radeon X800
XL is useful. The card comes with everything necessary to connect the PC to a
TV. We're disappointed that ATi does not include any sort of software bundle,
but this has never been the companies strong suit.
The ATi Radeon X800 XL is a great value king, and if you
get your hands on one, you're going to be a very happy gamer!
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