ATI's Radeon X800 XL@ 2005/01/07
is $299, down from the $349 ATI quoted on X850 XT PE's launch.
Undercutting NVIDIA's MSRP for the X800 XL's likely competitor, GeForce
6800 GT, by some $100, X800 XL has price definitely in its favour if the
MSRPs translate well into retail pricing.
So the $50 price cut and full four quad performance at 400MHz seek to
make X800 XL arguably the most attractive PCI Express SKU for the gamer
looking for serious performance punch. Partnered with 1000MHz GDDR3
memory with full 256-bit wide access to the GPU's memory controller, for
around 32GB/sec of theoretical bandwidth, let's take a closer look at
the reference board to see if the on-paper promise is fulfilled.