ABIT announces 512MB Fatal1ty Radeon X800 XL

Written by Tim Smalley

May 9, 2005 | 11:51

Tags: #radeon-x800-xl #x800xl

Companies: #abit

Today, ABIT have announced that they too are launching a 512MB version of the Radeon X800 XL that will be branded under the Fatal1ty name, targetted at gamers who are after a little bit more.

The card uses the standard R430 GPU, featuring 16 pixel-pipelines and 6 vertex shaders. The video card also makes use of ABIT's vGuru technology. We mentioned the following in our ABIT Radeon X600 Pro-Guru review:

"It would also be nice to see a middle value for voltage adjustment, maybe we’re being overly picky here – the saying goes, 'you give them an inch and they want a mile'. We think that is what that ABIT have achieved here, and we can’t wait to see this technology on something more appealing to the hardware enthusiast who is looking to get the most out of their video card. They could achieve this with something like the Radeon X800, or Radeon X800 XL providing the price can be kept reasonably competitive."

The cooler has been redesigned by ABIT, featuring a copper base - a fairly standard asset for today's mid-to-high-end graphics hardware. The fan is a low-noise 60mm ball bearing fan that is said to leak no more than 30dBA. If the press pictures are anything to go by, the fan will emit a blue glow.

We discussed the implications of 512MB video cards last week when ATI officially unveiled the 512MB Radeon X800 XL.

The card comes equipped with dual BIOS technology, that is designed to accompany ABIT's vGuru technology. When XTurbo mode is enabled, the video card increases its clock speeds to give the user a higher performing video card.

Have you got an opinion on whether 512MB should exist at the moment? Or should Microsoft, ATI and NVIDIA be working together to come up with a new, improved, compression technology that will keep video card prices down? We've certainly noticed an increase in price over the last 12 to 18 months. Let us know your thoughts in our forums.
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