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Or you can simply buy an adapter
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catal...ec5dc8f218f33a

If you own a Corsair psu, you can get a free one...
http://forums.hexus.net/showthread.php?t=107767
I thought the PCI-E 8pin allowed more voltages

Is this thing even safe to put on? It just seems like a pin converter, i don't know how it could give it more juice. Which means you still wouldn't be able to OC

I hope i am wrong so that i can buy a 2900XT
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They got a slow Ultra...shame for them.

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According to the official XFX website, its GPU should be clocked at 675/1667MHz and its memory, at 1150 (2300) MHz. The real frequencies of our card are not such, as you’ll see shortly. Our sample proved to be a copy of the less fast Extreme version.....
We have an official explanation of this discrepancy from XFX. Our test lab received an early sample of XFX GeForce 8800 Ultra XXX clocked at frequencies that correspond to the current version of XFX GeForce 8800 Ultra Extreme. Thanks to a careful selection of cards the company could make the XXX and Extreme series operate at higher frequencies than had been planned originally and our sample is in fact an XFX GeForce 8800 Ultra Extreme rather than an XXX. We should note that the card would heat up greatly even at 648/1620MHz and its cooler could hardly cope with it in the summer heat. According to RivaTuner, the GPU temperature was never lower than 90°C under load.
Oh well not only was mine as fast as it promised (675) it was actually more! 685 out of the box....lol

81c under AtiTool artifact scan mode.
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Glad to see some competition in the GPU market again.

Now for AMD . . .
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They got a slow Ultra...shame for them.



Oh well not only was mine as fast as it promised (675) it was actually more! 685 out of the box....lol

81c under AtiTool artifact scan mode.
Almost all XXX editions i've seen have 685 out of the box.

Not to mention, i know some of these marks are completel bull****, because an ultra should not score 2-3 frames higher than the gtx. There should be at least something noticeable, in the 6-8fps region. Some benchmarks i've seen show the ultra at double the GTX's speeds in lost planet.

Therefore, i can't take this review all that seriously. Its good to see the drivers coming to life, but the money still does not justify the card, especially after the oncoming price drops. Furthermore, this review talked little about image quality, which is what the main suffering point was for the 2900XT. That, and being able to enable higher settings in most games.

These are the same drivers [H] used, and with how much more in-depth they discussed their review, not to mention no clear watering of the ultra's marks, i find theirs much more suitable.
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post #25 of 71
It's way to late to have these performance increases. Nividia could refresh this series and beat 2900.
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I thought the PCI-E 8pin allowed more voltages

Is this thing even safe to put on? It just seems like a pin converter, i don't know how it could give it more juice. Which means you still wouldn't be able to OC

I hope i am wrong so that i can buy a 2900XT
The 8Pin has 2 extra Ground (BLK) pins. http://www.pcpower.com/products/asse...5Q_copper2.jpg

I'm guessing that the voltage/power (may) get unstable when being overclocked, so the 2 Ground pins are there to let off the extra power if it were get unstable, etc.
post #27 of 71
Maybe ATI will release some good drivers for this card before it's glory days are up and it'll completely pull ahead.

Hehehe i told thepope... he gets this one big time.
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I would really like to see some in-game benches of the XTX. With the given drivers I bet it will be pretty impressive. However, I will NEVER buy a GFX card that costs more than $600. In the future I will always go multiple GPU, as it simply rocks.
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sounds to me like just enough way to late. for christ sake as nVidia was waiting on ati to release this card they could have had the 9000 series out and put a serious world of hurt on ATI. Thats my opinion though, please no flaming me.(just an opinion)
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It's way to late to have these performance increases. Nividia could refresh this series and beat 2900.
nVidia WILL refresh and beat the 2900. They WILL drop prices and they WILL crush ATi in almost, sadly, every way. From top to bottom this time around, nVidia is better than ATi. And whats worse, they did it months before.

Sure, maybe now that the 2900XT is getting a bit better benches with the current games it will stand a chance. But its a small chance. And a chance, that even if hit, will make a very small difference in the overall nVidia vs. ATi race.
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