Sapphire, along with other Add-In-Board partners, has been clamoring for an adequate supply of 16-pipeline R420 cores since it was first introduced last spring. Even now supply is still tight and many AIBs have grown increasingly frustrated with not being able to meet consumer demand for their cards. With this ever increasing and incessant demand for X800XT cores, ATI has begun qualifying 16-pipeline R420 cores at lower clock speeds and has started selling them to AIBs to be sold as X800XT Radeons. While the plan was always to have an X800XT card on the market, it was at first intended to be exclusive to the PCI-Express architecture but these new X800XT Radeons are now available for both PCI-Express and AGP architectures.
Being one of ATI's most trusted and loyal partners, Sapphire is among the first out of the gate with their Radeon X800XT and have both the AGP and PCI-Express versions ready for the retail market. In this review I'll be taking a look at the AGP version of Sapphire's X800XT.
Sapphire X800XT Bundle
If you remember back to my Sapphire Toxic X800 Pro review you would have noticed the kick-ass bundle that Sapphire had included with that card. Thankfully, the exact same bundle exists with the Sapphire X800XT. Besides the cables and adapters, you also get a full copy of Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow and a full copy of Prince of Persia: Sands of Time. Both are excellent games, just one of them would make this a great game bundle, and both offer some impressive graphics to show off your new card.
Also in the bundle are software packages to let you take advantage of the X800XT's VIVO capabilities. CyberLink's PowerDirector is a fairly robust video editing tool which will let you capture and edit video. Also from CyberLink is PowerDVD 5 which is one of the most popular software DVD players available.