Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
A very large percentage of PC users are compromised of PC gamers. Gamers do not place silence, versatility or even value of their system as their top priority, but only 3D performance. While most of us search and evaluate the best price to performance ratio and solution, the majority of Gamers simply want the best there is when it comes to a video card. However, the best video cards are usually the most expensive. Crucial came forward to offer this portion of that market offering the ATi Radeon X850 XT 256MB card following the reference design, which currently is one of the fastest cards on the planet. Let us see what this card is made of and what it can offer the hardcore enthusiast.
Here are the specifications of the card, taken from the manufacturer's site:
Summing up, I believe that a 9.5 out of 10 score and our Xtreme Performance Award is a most fair evaluation for this card. I cannot give it a 10 because the price is restrictive for a large percentage of PC users, including even hardcore gamers, but performance is really top notch.