The Radeon® X850 series delivers further on the promise of high-definition gaming. with up to 16 pipelines, the fastest frame rates and ATI's industry-leading 3D image enhancement technology.
High-definition Gaming with Blockbuster Features The Radeon® X850 series advances high-definition gaming with blockbuster features, including SmartShader™ HD, ATI's highly advanced pixel shader engine. With up to 16 parallel pixel pipelines and up to 43 billion shader operations per second, the Radeon® X850 series delivers the power serious gamers need.
SmoothVision™ HDcombines advanced texture filtering with ATI's revolutionary 3Dc™ image enhancement technology to deliver brilliant image quality without compromising performance. 3Dc™ has quickly become an industry standard for supporting complex, high-definition visual effects in real time.
Hyper Z™ HD, ATI's intelligent data compression technology, enables the Radeon® X850 series to optimize available memory bandwidth for ultra-high resolution 3D gaming and ultra-fast performance. The result is an extreme gaming experience, making this an excellent choice for serious gamers.
Tomorrow's Video Experience Today With VideoShader™ HD, the Radeon® X850 series delivers a futuristic multimedia experience for Internet streaming video and DVD playback. The Radeon® X850 offers advanced hardware acceleration of video for reduced CPU utilization which increases overall system performance. Comprehensive support for industry-standard video formats, such as MPEG1/2/4, Real Media, DivX and WMV9 is also included. ATI's FullStream™ vvideo processing technology further sharpens streaming video playback image quality.
The Solution for Extreme Gaming With its sophisticated board design, the Radeon® X850 series is perfectly suited for today's newest and most demanding games. Power throttling technology together with the complex fan control system vastly improves overall stability and performance.
The Radeon® X850 series also features ATI's incredible display architecture, now with dual-DVI support. With output to HDTV capability, big screen multimedia and gaming is now larger and sharper than ever before. Users can simultaneously view on analog and digital monitors, including TV or HDTV, for the ultimate gaming, multimedia and applications multitasking experience.
Ultimate Performance and Stability The Radeon® X850 series features ATI's all-new Catalyst® Control Center, the award-winning application that is revolutionizing how users interact with their graphics software. Catalyst® Control Center delivers stable 3D acceleration control software, providing exceptional graphics performance and breathtaking visual quality, while giving users complete command of their graphics processing unit.
Radeon® X850 is certified by Imaging Science Research Labs Inc. The Imaging Science Research Labs (ISF RL) certification and logo identify ATI’s Media Center Edition-ready products as best-in-class multimedia components, tested and verified to meet a superior level of technical performance, and the approval of the most discerning eye and ear.
- by Taha_B @Nov 03, 2006
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I got this for $330 on sale in 2005. I upgraded from a Radeon 9550 Pro modded to a 9600 Pro, and I noticed a huge difference. Not only could this play all modern games at that time in max settings, but it can currently play almost all games in near-max settings too, granted you don't use VSync or AA. I got this to work fine at near XT speeds (505/585). It works fine, and the full 16 pipes will raise your 3DMark score a lot and improve game performance. You can get a good cooler for it too, like the VF700 or the VF900, as that would help with the added heat when you overclock and unlock the pipes. I'd recommend this card to anyone who is stuck with an AGP based system and needs a good boost in gameplay, just don't expect to play in SM3.
I have had this video card for a couple weeks now, and I must say that I'm very impressed. I needed a video card that would be able to be put in my secondary computer for my other residence, and it was totally worth the $190 after tax (I got it on sale). Considering that this setup is 500 mhz lower processor speed then my main one, I decided that putting in a stronger video card would level them out- And it did more then that. I have been able to run even the most video demanding games on maxiumum quality, even though my processor barely meets the minimum requirements. All in all, for the price, performance, and the look... I believe this video card to be a worthy consideration to anyone trying to live the AGP another year for DX10.
Well compared to MSI RX9800Pro-TD128 (9800XT) this card on average doubles the frame rate, and allows me too play most games at full setings, but since i dont really play games a lot, i find this card suits my purpose. Having flashed the bios using Dolf's X850 conversion guide this card becomes a beast. but the stock cooler on this card is insuffcient too cool the card to i purchased a Ati slicer 5 too keep it cool. In general i would recommend this card to anyone who is trying too extend their Pc's life for an year or so, till DirectX 10 is fully introduced into the market. Also too anyone who is building or wants to upgrade the VGA card of the MCE/HTPC system this card would be usefull too you as well as it has VIVO functions. I used this card in my system with these specs.
I upgraded from a 9600 Saphire Atlantis. An amazing difference in speed and visualization. My system is a Sempron 2500+ overclocked with a 260 Front Side bus bringing the Clock speed to around 1800mhz.
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