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Review: ASUS EAX1800XL 256MB & HIS Excalibur X1800 XL 256MB PCIe graphics cards

by Tarinder Sandhu on 6 December 2005, 19:07

Tags: ATi Technologies (NYSE:AMD)

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Introduction

ASUS EAX1800XL 256MB & HIS Excalibur X1800 XL 256MB PCIe graphics cards

What to wish for in the Christmas stocking this year? For those of you looking to play the latest games on your PC, asking for a shiny, new graphics card may just be the ticket. Let's assume you've all been good boys and girls and Santa is willing to deliver a high-end PCI-Express-based graphics card. What would you choose? In the sub-£300 sector would it be a GeForce 7800 GT 256MB or an ATI Radeon X1800 XL?

To make Santa's job that little easier, we're taking a look at two retail ATI Radeon X1800 XL cards from ASUS and HIS, respectively. Both retail at just under the £300 mark and are available immediately. How good are they? Are they better than NVIDIA's GeForce 7800 GT, and which should you buy, if any? Let's see if we can answer these questions in this dual-card review.