IntroductionCrucial RADEON X850 XT 256MB PCI-Express Video Card
ATI is busy putting the final touches to the GPU that it hopes will give NVIDIA's GeForce 7800 GTX a performance headache. That being the case, the fastest ATI card that you can buy right now is the RADEON X850 XT Platinum Edition. The availability of PE cards has been sketchy for a few months now, so the majority of card partners have opted to market the non-PE variant of the R480 design with more gusto. The X850 XT may lack a little core speed and memory bandwidth when compared with the range-topping PE, sure, but it's widely available in the retail channel.
Crucial has been the latest board partner to throw its hat into the ring and market the X850 XT as the must-have performance video card. Crucial's well-regarded in the industry and its customer service is legendary. The question is, is this the X850 XT card to own. Let's find out.