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post #71 of 98
ROFL @ all of the people that said ATI is going out of business the day this card was released.....
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post #72 of 98
ok now this is becoming

Sane people: "At least this is progress."
ATI fans: "This is great! Finally it is a the better card based on half of the benchmarks."
Nvidia fans: "This doesn't mean anything, based on the OTHER half of the benchmarks."


This is not a victory for either side, rather, it's like a standstill. As Xerasyte said, there is a split based on res and AA. In my case, I'd go with the Radeon since my monitor isn't super-high-res and I don't care about super AA settings anyway, but for people with an Apple 30" Cinema display or whatever, the Nvidia cards are best. A new driver revision could change this, but it doesn't matter right now.. just stop mudslinging and get on with it- every argument that will be said has been already.
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post #73 of 98
This part looked promising...

"Hoping the HD 2900 XT could continue to shine when we move in to the overclocking side of things we fired up the AMD overclocking program that has been floating around the internet.

Starting at 743MHz on the core we moved to a massive 860MHz giving us almost a 20% rise, the memory managed to also go pretty hard moving from 1658MHz DDR to 1880MHz DDR. While the card does support software voltage changes we left it at default."
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Hmm. A decent water cooling loop for this card and you could deffinatly release more potential, especialy with voltage adjustments.
    
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post #75 of 98
Well, it beat the 8800 gts 640 by about 1k in 3dmark06...

But it still stands that i didn't pay even close to $400 for my 8800 gts 640!

So i am still happy.

And i knew ATI couldn't suck that bad, i always knew it would come through.
post #76 of 98
Sigh, I'm assigning you all extra work since no one got the point of this exercise. Turn to page 342 in your Technology books....

Well it seems the 2900XT is picking up some speed. A new release of drivers and better performance. While it still falls short of a few marks it's all together a good card. I look forward to future performance improvements. I think by the second generation, now that ATI isn't in the middle of a merger, nvidia will have to do more to stay where they are.

I think if the 8800GTX and HD 2900XT had come out on the same day we'd have seen a much different story as far as current performance. But alas the nVidia drivers have had a 7mo jumpstart on the ATI drivers and there will always be a performance gap.

What I really found interesting was the comparison of the noise levels GTS vs XT. 3dB over a GTS on load... and everyone complains how loud the HD 2900XT is.

What's great about this review is those OC's they had on the HD 2900XT can be had by anyone with stock cooling. These aren't as hot as everyone makes them out to be. They are cooler than my last card which was a 7900GT from eVGA with a big slap of copper across it. At the highest OC i've tried it still only hits 85Cº I'm going to get about $100 of WC stuff and see where I can take it from there.

I've gotten a lot of PMs from various people asking how I like it, If I regret buying it, and what I like about it.

1. I love it, best $400 ever spent
2. Not one bit!
3. Definately have to say CCC beats NCP hands down.

Sorry for the novel.
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post #77 of 98
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Did anyone even bother to read the review>?!

Again, at higher AA/AF levels the HD2900XT is still beaten accross the board by the 8800GTS!

And in some situations the 8800GTS beats it even at lower AA/AF levels.

I wonder... did you guys ready it all?
It does have a pretty large performance hit with AA or AF enabled. Maybe on the next driver
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post #78 of 98
HA! What have i been saying ever since it came out? That once they were able to put out good drivers this thing would shoot up in scores! And it was even competing with the GTX in some of the benchies.

ATI = Win
    
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Originally Posted by Xerasyte View Post
It seems on the average fps the 2900 beats the GTS the majority of the time. Especially on 1280x1024, which is more or less where more people have their resolution set at. Lets face it, not that many people are going to have a 1920x1200 or for that matter, 2560x1600. So its doing well if you ask me. Well enough for me to want to go buy it.
I sincerely hope that if you drop $400 on a video card, you have something a little better than 1280 x 1024... at least 1680 x 1050 Otherwise, might as well get a $200 card and a $200 20" monitor
    
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I sincerely hope that if you drop $400 on a video card, you have something a little better than 1280 x 1024... at least 1680 x 1050 Otherwise, might as well get a $200 card and a $200 20" monitor

I agree on that point, why buy ferarri to only put it on a dirt road ...

What I'm still mulling over is whether the HD 2900 xt's decreasing performance with increased AA and res is attributable to a lack of driver maturity or a lack of texture units(16)? Clearly if its driver related those can be ironed out but the performance hit from a lack of texture units would have to be addressed in a refresh. This card seems very modular in its design so maybe that shortfall will be fairly easy to hammer out.
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