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Powercolor X800 GTO 16 Video Card Review

Former staff writer    -   March 26, 2006


Conclusion

I was at first somewhat skeptical about doing a review on this brand of Graphics Board, I have owned Power Color, Graphic boards in the past and encountered many problems. After speaking with Bosco (OCC site manager), who owns eight various PowerColor Graphics Boards, I decided to go ahead and give PowerColor another try. This time I was impressed, PowerColor has come a long way since I last used one of their Graphics Boards and proves that with age comes experience.

I’m looking forward to reviewing more products from PowerColor in the future, the X800GTO 16, was a worthy adversary to the other test boards. Not only did it compete well with the nVidia 6800 GT at times it actually performed better. The only concerns that I have are its lack of overclockability, which is more, related to the R430 GPU than the board itself and the high temperatures, (80c) while gaming. Which I feel can be remedied with a better heatsink and fan.

The Power Color X800 GTO 16 gets an 8, this mainstream board is perfect for anyone who is looking for out of the box performance.

Pros

  • Pre Overclocked
  • Bundled Software
  • Comes with all connectors including composite
  • Easy to install (no extra power needed)
  • Price and Affordability

Cons

  • Runs quite hot with stock heatsink (80c at times)
  • Not very overclockable



  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Installation & Specifications
  3. Testing & Benchmark: Far Cry
  4. Benchmark: F.E.A.R
  5. Benchmark: Doom 3
  6. Benchmark: Call of Duty 2
  7. Benchmark: Quake 4
  8. Benchmark: Need For Speed: Most Wanted
  9. Conclusion
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