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Gigabyte GV-RX18L256V-B X1800 XL Videocard Review

Gigabyte GV-RX18L256V-B X1800 XL Videocard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The Radeon X1800 XL GPU is clocked at 500 MHz, and backed by 256MB of Samsung GDDR3 memory that hums away at 1 GHz.
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Filed under: Video Cards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Dec 08 2005   Colin Sun  
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Overclocking the Gigabyte GV-RX18L256V-B

Overclocking Results:
Stock Overclocked
GPU (Core) Speed: 500 MHz 521 MHz
Memory Speed: 990 MHz 1080 MHz
If you're new to Overclocking and not sure what to do, check out these two excellent Guides for some pointers:
Overclocking the CPU and Memory
Overclocking the Videocard

The Gigabyte GV-RX18L256V-B videocard comes with its core clocked at 500 MHz, and memory at 495 MHz by default. ATi videocards always have weird memory speeds.

Finding a program that would work with the Gigabyte GV-RX18L256V-B was a bit of a challenge since most programs on the market are not compatible with the new core. After a bit of a search, I found that ATi Tool 0.25 beta 9 would function with the card.

Starting with the core first, its clock speed was increased in 5 MHz intervals. Things did not go very far unfortunately, and at 525 MHz artifacts started to appear. Lowering the GPU speed to 521 MHz solved those visual problems. The Radeon X1800 XL core overclock was a bit disappointing, as it basically maxed out at 521 MHz. Next up was the Samsung K4J55323QG-BC1ยต GDDR3 memory.

Starting at 990 MHz (495 MHz DDR) the memory speed was pushed a bit more aggressively, in 10 MHz intervals. The Samsung GDDR3 memory was better for overclocking than the R580 core, but did go very far either. The maximum speed it would run was 1080 MHz. Anything higher and artifacts would start to appear on ATi Tool's artifact detector.

PCStats Test System Specs:
Processor:

AMD Athlon64 4000+

Clock Speed:

12 x 200 MHz = 2.4 GHz

Motherboards:

Asus A8N-SLI Premium (NF4-SLI)

Videocard:

ATi Radeon X850 XT PE
MSI RX850XT-TD256E
MSI RX800XT-VTD256E
ATi Radeon X800 XL
PowerColor X700 PRO
MSI NX7800GTX-VT2D256E (Single Mode)
MSI NX7800GTX-VT2D256E (SLI Mode)
Asus EN7800GT 2DHTV/256M/OSP/A (Single Mode)
Asus EN7800GT 2DHTV/256M/OSP/A (SLI Mode)
MSI NX6800GT-T2D256E
MSI NX6800-TD128E (Single)
MSI NX6800-TD128E (SLI Mode)
MSI NX6600GT-TD128E (Single Mode)
MSI NX6600GT-TD128E (SLI Mode)
Gigabyte GV-RX18L256V-B

Memory:

2x 512MB Mushkin PC3200 L2 V2

Hard Drive: 74GB WD Raptor 10k RPM SATA HDD
CDROM: AOpen 52x Combo
PowerSupply: PC Power & Cooling TurboCool 510 SLI
Heatsink: Stock Athlon64 4000+ HSF
Software Setup

WindowsXP Build 2600
nForce4 6.53
Catalyst 5.11
Detonator 78.01

Benchmarks

3DMark03
3DMark05
AquaMark3
Halo
FarCry
Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
Doom 3
FEAR
Quake 4

AA+AF Benchmarks
FarCry
FEAR
Doom 3

Up next we dive into the benchmarks, with test reports for Halo, Doom3, FEAR, Quake 4, FarCry and many more!

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GV-RX18L256V-B
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte GV-RX18L256V-B X1800 XL Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  Radeon X1800 XL specifications
 Pg 3.  ATI AVIVO High Definition Content Accelerator
 Pg 4.  — Overclocking the Gigabyte GV-RX18L256V-B
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: 3DMark03, 3DMark05
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: AquaMark3, Halo
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: Halo
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: FarCry
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: Doom 3
 Pg 11.  Benchmarks: Quake 4
 Pg 12.  Benchmarks: FEAR
 Pg 13.  Advanced Benchmarks: FarCry, Doom 3
 Pg 14.  Advanced Benchmarks: FEAR, Conclusions

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