ATI's Radeon X1800 CrossFire Edition graphics card

Dual Radeons put on a Christmas light show
— 8:00 AM on December 12, 2005

ATI'S FORTUNES HAVE BEEN dented a little bit by delays to its CrossFire dual-graphics solution and its Radeon X1000-series graphics chips, but red team has been scrambling to catch up. The company has brought to market most of the pieces of a brand-new, top-to-bottom lineup of products with a rapid-fire succession of product launches. After a few sputters, most Radeon X1000 series graphics cards are now available, as are CrossFire motherboards and video cards. ATI still needs to deliver a few missing pieces in order to catch up with its rival NVIDIA, and that's what we have gathered here today.

If you're longing to see a $1200 Radeon graphics subsystem under the Christmas three this year, you will need a Radeon X1800 CrossFire Edition graphics card. This magical device will allow you to sync up with a regular Radeon X1800 XT or XL graphics card for nearly double the rendering power of a single card. This new CrossFire card also sweeps away some of the limitations of the first-generation CrossFire hardware introduced just a couple of months ago, allowing mega-high-res gaming, among other things.

Now, we know the Radeon X1800 XT isn't quite as bone-jarringly fast as NVIDIA's new GeForce 7800 GTX 512, but it's still a fire-breathing monster. Running two X1800 XTs together in CrossFire is a good way to strain your neck, singe your hair, or at least develop a very serious addiction to F.E.A.R.—but we're willing to take that chance for you, our loyal readers. Keep reading to see how ATI puts on a Christmas light show, Radeon style.

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