Originally posted by kahlos
Beedubya you highly underestermate the X800 series. Give me some proof that the whole of the X800 series is bad. Yes a few but the GTO2 owns the budget gamer market. So give me proof and i'll belive you
The whole of the X800 series is terrible. Im glad some people are happy with them, but the core cards in the X800 family (X800XT/PE, X800 Pro, X850 Pro, X850XTPE, X800GT) are utter crap.
The X800XT was actually a good deal when it came out, back in June 2004. It was faster than the 6800 Ultra, and although it lacked shader model 3, no game used SM3 back then. The X800XT was also very well priced.
The X800 Pro was a different story, and IMO it was the worst card to ever be released for the price, being priced in range with the 6800GT but raped by Nvidia's mid-range offering, the 6600GT. If anybody remembers the GeForce FX 5800, the X800 Pro was a very similar product on ATI's side, totally disgusting.
The X850 Pro was just an overclocked X800 Pro although it did have greater unlocking capabilities. Many people rave about the X850XT, but by the time it came, it was too late and games were already using Shader Model 3. Plus, the card was $900 upon release, and looked like complete crap in Splinter Cell Chaos Theory, which had to run in DX 8.1 mode instead of DX9 because of the SM3 problem.
Today, the X800 series should rest in peace like the GeForce FX series. It is also way overpriced for what you get compared to newer ATI and Nvidia offerings.