The Club3D X1800XT's performance was a bit confusing. It really excelled in some of the latest games and benchmarks, like 3DMark05, F.E.A.R. and Need for speed, yet it yielded very bad results in older games like Far cry, Half Life 2 and 3DMark03. Since we're not sure if this is due to premature drivers for the card, we stay reluctant in making any judgment concerning its performance just yet. However, if the latest games are all you care about, the card will surely not disappoint you. After all, it is a Hi-End graphics card.
Overclocking the X1800XT produced nothing exciting. Of course, we got a small boost in benchmark scores and framerates but nothing that could distinguish the card from the rest. Still, as we mentioned earlier, the Club3D X1800XT is designed on a "20" PCB which allows further overclocking after a BIOS flash. This was however not possible in the current review.
Club3D's bundle for the X1800XT is good. Colin McRae 2005 is a nice and relatively fresh game, but it's nothing that is going to stress this card and show you what it can really do. All cables and adaptors required to operate the card are inside the package and we didn't find anything missing.
The card costs around US$500 which is typical for a high end card. If you wish to get more than average performance, you have to dig a little deep into your pocket. For the record, the XFX 7800GTX costs approximately US$470, while the overclocked Asus N7800GTX TOP almost US$580.
- Great performance in graphically-demanding games
- Low-noise cooling system
- Unsatisfactory performance in older games
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