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Review: Gigabyte GV-RX18L256V-B Radeon X1800 XL 256MB

by Tarinder Sandhu on 20 December 2005, 09:56

Tags: Gigabyte GV RX18L256V-B , Gigabyte (TPE:2376)

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Introduction

Gigabyte GV-RX18L256V-B Radeon X1800 XL 256MB PCIe

ATI's Radeon X1800 XL 256MB GPU was introduced to combat the threat provided by NVIDIA's GeForce 7800 GT 256MB SKU. Priced at betweeen £260-£300, depending upon which manufacturer and e-tailer took your fancy, The 'X1800 XL is based a modern, efficient architecture that does especially well in DirectX gaming and, obviously, in shader-heavy titles.

Gigabyte, purveyor of high-quality motherboards and recognised partner for both ATI and NVIDIA graphics cards, was keen to jump on the X1800 XL bandwagon. Without further ado, then, let's take a look at the company's GV-RX18L256V-B graphics card. Better known to you as an ATI Radeon X1800 XL 256MB, does it have what it takes to be a consideration for purchase?, and, more importantly, is it the must-have PCI-Express graphics accelerator this side of £300? Let's find out.