Radeon X800

Written by James McLean
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The major push in notebooks these days is occurring in the arena of cutting edge graphics cards. The best of these model 3-D forms, generate blazing pixel pipelines and supply image enhancement through a variety of innovative features. If you are looking to buy a laptop that will render beautiful gaming and media, you may want to look under the hood to see what you're getting exactly.

One of the most popular new cards is the ATI Radeon X800, a powerhouse card with a slim profile that will not block other PCI spots for adjacent cards. Although its benchmarks are off the charts, this skinny-sipping wonder requires only a single connection to your PC's main power supply, meaning you have more juice for high wattage speakers and other peripherals. But the real marvel of this graphics station is what it adds to your gaming experience.

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ATI is well-known for innovating with its graphics cards, and the X800 boasts some of their latest solutions. The company's so-called 3Dc texture compression is among the best in the business, offering smoothly mapped complex structures at speeds that rival the best Nvidia has to offer. And the brand new temporal antialiasing is just one of the many ways ATI's engineers have developed to combat the ghosting effects of faster graphics requirements.

Only the best-made new laptops take advantage of cards such as these, which is why avid gamers tend to snatch them up so quickly. Major manufacturers tend to sell to a slower crowd, so you may want to look into boutique builders if you want bleeding edge hardware. Some of the best designers of notebooks are also the smallest, so a good eye may be required to find the finest machines on the market.


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