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SAPPHIRE 100134L Radeon X1800XT 512MB 256-Bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card

  • 512MB 256-Bit GDDR3
  • PCI Express x16
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Carolyn S.
  • 6/7/2006 12:50:07 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsI'm in love!

Pros: I love the performance I'm getting out of my games, it's exactly what I hoped for. I dont know what else to say other than that I strongly recommend this product. It'll play pretty much everything on the highest settings @ 1280x1024 with 4x AA and 8x AF and I've never seen it drop below 30 on anything except 3dMark06. Averaging 130FPS on CS:Source stress test at the settings mentioned above with everything on recommended settings (marked with an *). Newegg.com rocks at customer service.

Cons: Few minor settlements. This card is long. I didnt think it would be nearly as long as what other reviewers claimed it to be, but it almost touches my harddrive. Also, under a heavy load, I can hear the fan above my other case fans, and it has a slight whistling sound to it. Depends on whether or not you are sensitive to things like that whether or not this is a con, but it doesnt really bother me too much, just felt I should include it. This card does run kind of hot for me, but I ordered a Zalman VF900-CU cooler. If you spend $xxx on any computer component, treat it right by throwing in an extra $xx for cooling, it just makes sense down the line. The little metal thingy on my card that has the DVI ports on it arrived bent, but otherwise no harm done. Dont let the cons outweigh the pros, this is an awesome card any way you look at it.

Other Thoughts: I had originally bought an XFX 7900GT. The first one I got artifacted horribly and the second one I got didnt perform nearly up to par as the other 7900GT reveiwers did. Two lemon cards isnt the result of bad user handling, I always use an antistatic wristband and I always do a fresh install of XP whenever I buy a major purchase, becuase I'm excessive about performance like that. I didnt take my chances on a third card, I got a refund from <3 Newegg <3 and sought out a different card. This is what I ended up with, and I am more than happy that I have a videocard that worked right for me the first time.
My specs:
AMD 64 Athlon 4000+ Single Core San Diego
MSI k8N nForce4 SLI X16 Diamond Edition
Sapphire X1800XT
2GB Corsair XMS
Western Digital 74GB 10000RPM
ASPIRE 520W Power Supply
Creative X-Fi XtremeMusic soundcard
Windows XP Home w/ SP2

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  • Randolph B.
  • 6/6/2006 7:58:14 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsx1800xt +3ghz OC 165 opteron=Shininess that makes me drool.

Pros: Got the refurb card for $xxx, came with all the cables despite a warning that it would just be the card. I threw everything at this card it didn't break a sweat. Ultra high settings 16x AF in 2048x1536 like it's nothing. Oblivion max setting on everything in 1600x1200 and i finally get what all the fuss is about the graphics in that game. F.E.A.R EVERYTHING maxed doesn't drop below 45fps, averages 90fps. I can actually run 3dmark 06 now, and managed to get 10,900 in 3dmark 05. All this at stock settings haven't felt the need to overclock it yet.

Cons: it...is...huge. I've built numerous systems and this is the first time i've been nervous about putting a videocard in a case that's not laying on its side.Also the core temp sensor in CCC doesn't work on mine, though this could be a driver issue and is a minor problem anyway. It runs hot, but all these high end cards do, stays cool all things considered at high 60'sC but i don't like to see any componet in my system running over 50 so ill be replacing coolers.

Other Thoughts: this is an upgrade from an x850xt pe AGP card. A stellar card that still is, but after seeing how the x1800xt works it looks pretty poor in comparison. I have a DFI-NF4 SLI DR expert board, and Nvidia hasn't really been up to snuff lately which is why i wanted to find an affordable single ATI card. Spending twice as much would have gotten me 2nvidia cards in SLI, but at about 50% the performance...at best. If you want to be in the top performance class, without spending an obscene amount of money get a DFI cfx3200 board, 2 x1800xt cards. that gets you 32x PCI-E and more then enough rendering power to last at least a year. Ideally toss a dual core opteron in the mix and you will be left frustrated that, for once, you just can't do anything to make your games run slow.

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  • MICHEL M.
  • 5/29/2006 10:03:06 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Card

Pros: Great Card. I recommended for users with low many and need high performance. Need buy other cooler to best performance.

Cons: Cooler integraded beautiful but poor. Limited to overclock.

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  • John S.
  • 5/23/2006 1:43:14 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest Price/Performance Ratio - update

Pros: - Stellar performance (no kidding)
- 46C/65C idle/load with Artic Cooling Accelero X2 cooler using Artic Silver 5
- Can easily flash to X1800XT PE BIOS if you have relatively good airflow (I'm using a Lian Li PC61USB case).

Cons: - Third party overclocking tools need improving
- Stock cooler IS loud at higher speeds (over 50%)

Other Thoughts: I went to techPowerUp! and downloaded ATI X1800 Overclocker, Winflash 1.0.5, and the X1800XT PE BIOS and flashed my card with absolutely no problems. First, be sure to save your stock XT BIOS. When you flash the PE BIOS be sure to choose the "Force" option, otherwise you will get a P/N mismatch error. When you're done you'll have to reboot and now your new default core/mem will be 695.25/792. vCore will go up to 1.30 from the X1800XT stock of 1.275v. This is according to ATI X1800 Overclocker (be sure to select the 3D setting to get the right specs). NOTE: ATITool will not show the correct voltage or core/mem speed, even after flashing. But there IS a difference--run some benchmarks to see for yourself. Voila--you now essentially have an X1800XT PE, a card that performs about as well as a X1900XT and was well over 500 dollars a few months ago! :-)

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  • Kenneth K.
  • 5/20/2006 2:37:22 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsHot, loud, 1337

Pros: max setting on all games w/ no fps loss (though i haven't tried oblivion yet)
HL2, FEAR, SIN ep1, Condemned, all max, very smooth,

Cons: pretty loud, at least compared to the GeForce 6800 i had before,
seriously difficult to install- unless I am just totally unable to install PCIe cards (and I've built a few systems so I know what I'm doing) installing this card scared me for some reason, it was so big, and it kept almost cracking, but in the end it seems to be in find, just a serious hassle compared to installing the mobo, ram, psu, evrything, heh

Other Thoughts: wish i had gotten the crossfire edition as well for a really really sweet set up

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/17/2006 3:11:13 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsWhy are you sitting there? BUY IT.

Pros: Great Price.
Couldnt believe how powerful the card is playing Fear,and Oblivion alone.. Great Frame rates that are very playable and satisfying.
Memory chips are on same side as the GPU, so they all cool with the same fan.

Cons: Fan is a touch noisy but it certainly does the job.
Its a big card,(could be a problem for some) better have room!

Other Thoughts: The X1900XT is slightly faster, but not worth $200.00 more in my opinion.
The X1900XT is for bragging rights mostly. :)
When you run past 30 Frames per second, you are doing just fine.. anything more and you dont notice it too much.
My last Sapphire was a 9800 Pro 128.
The X1800XT (remember the XL is a slower clock speed and not as fast, but id seriously look at this card instead.
It is an excellent buy for the money and will knock your socks off with its power.
I highly recommend it and Sapphire.

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/14/2006 4:33:14 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsWow

Pros: Amazing...switched from a 7800GTX 256mb oc edition, and this thing blows it out of the water...And i haven't even oc'ed it yet!

Cons: Lacks pixel pipelines but who cares...

Other Thoughts: All around huge differenct from my 7800gtx and keeps more stable frame rates

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  • evan b.
  • 5/13/2006 7:43:13 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsComplete NO-Brainer

Pros: HDR and AA in Oblivion?! Hells YEAH! Ahem.
This version of the 1800 is just as good as the base 1900. An almost unoticable difference in performance, with a VERY noticable difference in price.STILL thinking of forking $$$ for 1900? Well then why not just buy 2 of these babies for only a little more?!!!!
I have Nvidia as well, so I am not partial to them, but why would you even bother if they can't do HDR AND AA??!!!!

Cons: Not a one.

Other Thoughts: If you have a decent card, you might want to wait and see what happens with DX10. . . .

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  • Zachary S.
  • 5/13/2006 5:06:38 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing performance, MONSTEROUS FAN!

Pros: 1) This thing flies, I am getting amazing frames in oblivion on max settings. I must be dreaming!

2) Great price, if you want better, you better be willing to dish out another $100-$200. And what good will that do anyway? With current technology, this card can run everything at max.

Cons: 1) The default fan speed on the GPU is 22% I originally had heat probs, but I downloaded ATITool, sped it up to 85% and my heat probs are gone.

2) ITS HUGE!!!! I had quite a time trying to squeeze it in my box with all of the wiring and such in the way.

3) BE SURE YOU HAVE THE PSU FOR IT!! Just a high Wattage isnt enough, look into the PSU specs. My friends and I recomment no lower than a CONTINUOUS/NORMAL amperage of 26a on the 12v rail.

Other Thoughts: Forget the size, and think about your performance. Get this card NOW! It'll be the best decision you ever make.

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  • William R.
  • 5/12/2006 1:04:15 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsati sapphire radeon x1800xt

Pros: Bought to replace my EVGA Nvidia 7600gs. This card can control anything you throw at it and it can overclock very well as well. Needed new card, because wasn't current on graphics cards and didn't know that games were so demanding these days.

Cons: None. Fit perfectly in my Antec Sonata 2 case. Runs a lot quiter than you think, since I've read a lot of the post and everyone says that it runs loud. I personally disagree with that statement.

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