DH Review: Radeon HD2900XT (Asus and Sapphire)

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  1. HardwareHeaven

    HardwareHeaven Administrator Staff Member

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    Read The Review Here
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    With AMD's acquisition of ATI for vast amounts of money, it would be fair to say there have been high hopes for the long awaited and by now almost mythical R600. If hype and rumour could sell product, then the cards we have in front of us today would guarantee AMD several hundred million in the first week of launch. However, in the internet age we are all way too savvy to part with money before reading reviews and opinions, this is a luxury in 2007 we should never take for granted. Educated decisions mean we end up buying the product we need, not what companies say we should buy.

    It has been a quiet six months for ATI, not only have Nvidia been ruling the roost with their excellent 8800 series, but with AMD getting trounced by Intel in the processor sector, every sane enthusiast is praying that their graphics division can finally deliver a competitive product which gives us all good value for money as well as a stellar gaming experience.

    So, the question is, can the R600 take on the huge success story that is the Nvidia 8800? Today our UK Editor and graphics card specialist Stuart "Veridian3" Davidson is going to answer all your questions with real world gaming performance on multiple operating systems against 8800 counterparts, as well as delving into Image Quality concerns and Video Acceleration. We are sure by the end of this review you will know if it is money worth spending...
     
  2. Necrosis

    Necrosis Well-Known Member

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    Good review, and ouch!
     
  3. brutusmaximus

    brutusmaximus New Member

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    So, the card is slower than a 8800 GTS, has less memory, a higher power consumption (215w!) and costs £30-£40 more while needing awkward power connectors?

    Ouch indeed.
     
  4. ChaosMinionX

    ChaosMinionX USB 3 dot oh

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    Excellent review, X2900 :dead:......


    ATI needs to pull something outta their hat real quick.
     
  5. Dark Lord

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    pretty much said it all.

    maybe ati will pull another x1800 stunt with their refresh, or maybe the card really shines in DX10. as it stands though, ati screwed up big time on this one it looks like.
     
  6. OmegaRED

    OmegaRED Relapsed Gamer

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    Stalker and Supreme Commander took a dump all over this card...I was hoping the XT would smoke those two games but it can't even keep up with a GTS :(
     
  7. bug77

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    Good review, but lousy card. What really dissapoints me is that I was hoping ATI will have a strong mid-range offer this time around :(

    And the nit-pick of the day: HL2 does not have HDR (as stated in the Dark Messiah section); only Lost Coast and Episode 1 do.
     
  8. HardwareHeaven

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    yes, we know that (as you remember we covered the whole thing from Valves HQ when it was announced a long time ago), we were referring to the latest version of the engine in Ep1. Ill reword it so its clearer, however I thought it was pretty obvious.
     
  9. ChaosMinionX

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    To continue the topic from the "Excited about R600" thread.....Who here thinks the X2900 is being held back by drivers, and has potential to pull some nice DX10 numbers?

    Im still pretty fed up with ATI for no XTX.
     
  10. Da_Jewish_Fonzy

    Da_Jewish_Fonzy Me>You

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    That could very well be the case. I remember when the x1800xt launched (I bought one) and at launch it got smoked by the 7800GTX, then when ATI released the 5.12 cats it was the opposite, the performance increase was immense and the x1800xt out performed the 7800 pretty well across the board, even the 7900gt in a lot of cases.

    So I hope its just immature drivers or I might just be switching camps back to Nvidia again. My last Nvidia card was an FX and thats when I decided to change to ATI.

    edit: cheers on the review, it was excellent
     
  11. bug77

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    Actually, from what Inquirer posted (yes, I know), it may be FX case all over again: inefficient architecture (meaning that even if the 2900XT has more theoretical processing power, it is impossible to keep it working 100% most of the time).

    @Z: I knew you knew that, but you left with almost nothing to pick on this time.

    Edit: That same article says CFAA is actually Quincunx AA reloaded (which is software only, it does not need hardware support) which actually slightly blurs the image. But from what I have seen, it looks better than Nvidia's AA.
     
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  12. Teme

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    Well done review. I was waiting for this. But must agree with you in the conclusion of the card. It has prize tag that is too high for it's performance and that cooling .... :sigh:
     
  13. CDsDontBurn

    CDsDontBurn AMD & Petrol Heads Mod

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    so the xtx is best in Oblivion and Rainbow Six. everything else is either negligable or best on an NVIDIA card.

    my favorite line of the whole review is at the end,

    :D.
     
  14. Dyre Straits

    Dyre Straits 10 Grandkids -2 Great-grandsons

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    Oh, my.......

    Will this die-hard ATI card user finally have to go with an nVidia now? I think Hell just froze over. ;)
     
  15. ChaosMinionX

    ChaosMinionX USB 3 dot oh

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    You and Me both, unless ATI pulls somethin outta their ass Q3.....:hmm:
     
  16. CDsDontBurn

    CDsDontBurn AMD & Petrol Heads Mod

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    what if mid-way through q3, AMD-ATI were to push it back to q4. would you still wait?
     
  17. Dyre Straits

    Dyre Straits 10 Grandkids -2 Great-grandsons

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    Everything considered, I'm much happier with AMD/ATI driver support vs. nVidia. BUT, if nVidia can continue to surpass AMD/ATI performance-wise, I think the decision becomes less difficult to make.

    For the moment, I'm still quite happy with my X1950 Pro, though. (Notice, I said, 'moment'. ;) )
     
  18. ChaosMinionX

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    I dont know :duh:

    I just hope ATI pulls one out so I can get my cards haha.....If not Nvidia is lookin better and better despite their driver support.
     
  19. BiGBrOwNPimpsta

    BiGBrOwNPimpsta HH's #1 Hustla and Pimp

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    wow....

    good thing i'm getting the 8800gts 640mb today! i wasn't anticpating much from this card either...

    ahh i miss the good old days with my 9700 pro
     
  20. Erroneus

    Erroneus Get off my lawn!

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    It's disappointing right now, but I really think that there is room for A LOT improvement in the drivers and also we are still missing the DX10 numbers.
     

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