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Yeah, because I'm going to play games with 16X AA and 16X AF with a res of 2560x1600
4x MSAA will do, that's where the HD2900XT levels out to where the GTS stands. Frames are still fluctuating quite a bit between difference settings, I'd say wait for further driver improvements and see if AA/AF does any better.
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I agree with Chozart, read the review! It still has dismal performance in the AA/AF tests and when you buy a card for that kind of price you'll want performance in all respects.

There is no way to justify bad AA/AF performance. Although they should have done AA/AF tests for more games because that Prey performance is almost unbelieveably low!

Still not worth the $50 price difference. Perhaps with improved drivers it will be, but I'm not being too optimistic about it.
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Still not worth the $50 price difference. Perhaps with improved drivers it will be, but I'm not being too optimistic about it.
Don't forget 3 vendors offer lifetime warranty on the 8800.
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Regardless of how things turned out for the 2900, it's nice to finally see someone run some benches on a reasonable system with a nice and reproduce-able overclock. I don't like seeing a QX6700 clocked to hell and back and then saying "OMG, this card scored 31k in 3d06!"

On topic, I hope they learned a valuable lesson regarding driver maturity and major release of a highly anticipated card...
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I was talking about their drivers. You can't deny they're getting worse.

My edit clarified that.


Sadly, last I heard(a week ago), nVidia's linux drivers sucked just as bad as ATI's. I'm not a huge fan of the "new" 9x.xx control panel, either.

Actually, things might pick up for ATi, I read an article on Phoronix that said they've put the linux on the monthly driver release schedule, so they've had about 7 consecutive driver releases or so. They also said that whenever they have a lot of driver releases with little or no fixes, they're working on some big problems with the drivers.
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I now want one.

i spose its suitable for enthusiasts, considering it works very well in the 1920x1200 range, which is impressive since it has less memory than both of the other cards tested
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awfully quiet from the nVidia cheering section... usually these threads are filled with:

"HD2900s suck, ATI is dying - 8800 is the r0x0rz!"

Go ATI! This is great to see.
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awfully quiet from the nVidia cheering section... usually these threads are filled with:

"HD2900s suck, ATI is dying - 8800 is the r0x0rz!"

Go ATI! This is great to see.
BTW 8800 OWNS 2900!!!!

Just joking.

Nice improvement but still 8800 gts seems better for the price. (dont want to start a flaming war!)
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I was talking about their drivers. You can't deny they're getting worse.

My edit clarified that.


Sadly, last I heard(a week ago), nVidia's linux drivers sucked just as bad as ATI's. I'm not a huge fan of the "new" 9x.xx control panel, either.
Well, I'm still using 84.56s, because they're the best ever, so I can't comment on the newer forceware drivers. ATI's drivers have never given me anything but trouble.

Also, I see this performance improvement as bringing the HD2900XT up to acceptable performance levels. It it now competitive with the 8800GTS in performance, even if it's losing in the other departments.
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I don't see what all the hurrahs are for!

Drivers may/will performance in the future. But even now the 2900XTs are hardly competitive. Owning a $430 card and not being able to turn on AA/AF and getting decent performance at high resolutions is still pathetic!

I don't have anything against ATI, but I don't see why everyone's so pleased. They haven't fixed the area in which their performance was worst!
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