Sapphire X800 GTO Ultimate


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The first card that we are looking at is the X800 GTO Ultimate, which is a silent version of the GTO. It's clocked the same as a standard GTO with an engine clock of 400MHz and a memory clock of 490MHz, yet runs noise-free with the help of a huge heat sink on the back replacing the fan.

The heat sink gives the card a very interesting look, with an oval shape in the front with an “S” on it (for Sapphire) and three curved bars connecting to the big rectangle heat sink on the back of the card. Something to note with this and most silent cards is that because they usually have giant heat sinks (the only way to dissipate heat), they become incredibly hot to the touch after a short period of use. This generally isn't a problem though, as most likely the card will be shut away inside your computer case. Because the card is silent and has no fan, there is no external power connector, which is impressive considering the card's power.


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The box art is nice and there is a see-through window on the back of the box to let you see the card - a nice touch. The bundle for both of the Sapphire GTOs included something that we haven't really seen before in the way of games. Evidently, Sapphire includes a CD full of game trials, which you can install and play, then (depending on your hardware) it will allow you to choose a game or games to have for free after you enter the CD code. It seems like a bit of extra trouble, but having the option to choose your own game bundle might be nice.

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  • Zax - Saturday, December 31, 2005 - link

    I have a Fireblade edition gto..as mentioned, it TOTALLY smokes the others in overclocking!!
    The Fireblade edition should have been reviewed...NOT to ultimate version..
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  • crusadersrealm - Wednesday, December 28, 2005 - link

    Why bother writing a review if you aren't going to do the proper investigation. The GTO2 uses the same chip (R480) as the X850XT PE . A simple bios update enables the other 4 pipes....he calls it too risky though "technically" possibe. I guess the quality of the reviews at this site have gone to the pits. Reply
  • Sanctusx2 - Wednesday, December 28, 2005 - link

    vertical-align:super

    :P
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  • Jimmdean - Tuesday, December 27, 2005 - link

    Personally, I feel the real strength of the x800GTO is its availability in AGP form.

    Since I'm still using AGP, the 6800GS isn't an option.

    My Sapphire X800GTO AGP is highly overclockable, and definately the best card value I've ever gotten...
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  • Jimmdean - Wednesday, December 28, 2005 - link

    Well, looks like now there is 6800GS in AGP, my bad... Reply
  • Avalon - Tuesday, December 27, 2005 - link

    My only problem is that they specifically mentioned unlocking in the article. It wasn't even just a single sentence afterthought, either, but it was several blurbs. Why mention it if you aren't going to try it?

    Did Anand mention the pencil mod for the DFI Ultra-D but not follow through? No! He pulled the HSF off the northbridge of his board and went and modded it, then reported it to us fellow users. That's the stuff I like to see.

    BIOS flashing is hardly more dangerous than overclocking as to justify doing one but not the other.
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  • Brian23 - Tuesday, December 27, 2005 - link

    I have the X800 GTO2. It's a sweet card. It unlocked just fine to 16 pipelines, and it overclocks to similar speeds as a X850 XT PE. I didn't even need to replace the stock heatsink on it. Reply
  • Wesleyrpg - Tuesday, December 27, 2005 - link

    Whats happened to Anandtech of late?

    Firstly the review is about 4 months too late! Then we get this guff about that bios modding/unlocking pipelines on your card is unsafe! Who cares! We come to this site to read about what happens when you mod and the performance increases/risks, not to read some lecture about how dangerous bios modding is!

    So its safe for you guys to 'overclock' the cards, but it's not ok to mod the bios to unlock pipes? In my view, both are equally dangerous, it must of come down to sheer lazyness on your reviewers part!

    C'mon guys, pull your finger out...
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  • Beenthere - Monday, December 26, 2005 - link

    The review was for folks looking for mid-level graphics cards to plug and play. Sure some folks want to overclock everything, but most PC users aren't willing to risk damage to their hardware with long term overclocking. And spare me the dribble about O/C'ing being 100% safe as I've done it for years. The reality is if there were zero risk in overclocking, then all hardware would be clocked to the max.

    Besides the really important part of any Mobo, video card or PSU review is how cool the box is that the hardware comes in. Ya gotta give these hardware mfgs. credit, they know the hormone crazed kids will get off on the cyborg bimbos on the front of the box, the pretty colors on the box, and the all important heatsink shape and fan color. How the product actually performs ain't all that important as long as makes the hormones flow...

    Ya gotta Luv it !!!
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  • BenSkywalker - Tuesday, December 27, 2005 - link

    "The review was for folks looking for mid-level graphics cards to plug and play."

    6800GS out of the box, under $200 at NewEgg right now and smacks any board in this review silly. No matter how you look at it, this review was lacking giving the most credit possible to it. Flat out misleading is closer to what it appears.
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