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PowerColor X700 Bravo Edition

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It was not very long ago that the term "3D" did not exist. I still remember some of the first "3D" games that first came to exist for the SNES and other consoles. The explosion of 3D games in PCs came to be with the release of the early Voodoo 3dfx acceleration cards and the race began from then on. Now there are hundreds of video cards and numerous manufacturers producing video cards. It seems that there is a video card for every need. I have such a special card on my hands today, the PowerColor X700 Bravo Edition, a card designed to deliver optimum visual quality featuring Dual DVI and HDTV outputs, good 3D performance while remaining completely silent. You can guess which portion of the market it is aimed at; HTPC systems and people obsessed with silence. Let us see how well it manages to compete in the video card arena.

Features and specifications:

  • 400MHz Core clock speed and 266MHz GDDR2 memory clock speed

  • 8 parallel pixel pipelines
  • 6 programmable vertex shader pipelines
  • 160 million transistors o­n 0.11 micron fabrication process
  • 128-bit dual-channel GDDR2 memory interface
  • PCI Express? x16 lane native support
  • Dual integrated display controllers
  • Dual integrated 10 bit per channel 400 MHz DACs
  • Integrated 165 MHz TMDS transmitter (DVI 1.0 / HDMI compliant and HDCP ready)
  • Integrated TV Output support up to 1024x768 resolution
  • WindowsR Logo Program compliant
  • CATALYST Software Suite

From what it seems, the basic difference between the X700 and the X700 Bravo Edition is the better output options (Dual DVI with HDTV) and the passive cooling. The differences between the X700 Pro and the X700 Bravo edition is the RAM, where the X700 Pro is using GDDR3 memory clocked at 430 MHz instead of GDDR2 memory clocked down half that speed, at 266 MHz. Also the core of the X700 Pro is 25 MHz faster, at 425 MHz. Since I have an X700 Pro around, we will see how much difference there is between the two.

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Summing up all the above, I think the X700 Bravo Edition rightfully deserves a 9.5 out of 10 and our Xtreme Value award. I would most certainly recommend it for HTPC systems and entry level gamers, especially if they have 2 DVI monitors.

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