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Review: GeCube Radeon X800 PRO

by Ryszard Sommefeldt on 5 October 2004, 00:00

Tags: Gecube, ATi Technologies (NYSE:AMD)

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Introduction

The generational leap in performance from the old guard, 9800XT and 5950 Ultra, to the new range of X800 and 6800 challengers, is massive. You might not notice it that much at 1024x768 with little or no AA and AF applied, but as soon as you crank up the resolution and AA and AF levels, the new boards come alive, trouncing the outgoing performance champions by a long long way.

So it's no surprise to see every AIB partner that NVIDIA and ATI have come out of the woodwork with their partner boards, eager to claim a piece of the upgrade and new system build pie, putting the new boards into the hands of eager gamers looking to play the current generation of games and upcoming new titles such s Half Life 2 at new levels of speed and good-looking IQ.

GeCube are one such AIB partner. Formed in 1990 as a spin-off from Gigabyte, Info-Tek Corporation created the consumer brand GeCube to sell consumer graphics cards in Asia. Currently selling only ATI designs, they now trade their wares all over the globe, including here in the U.K.

With the last GeCube I looked at impressing me no end, I was keen to see what they'd do with the new X800 range when it appeared. Boring old reference boards or daring new designs? Let's have a peek at their X800 PRO.