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Finally a little light on the 2600XT.

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ATI/HD_2600_XT/

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AMD's new Radeon HD 2600 Series has already been announced a while back but no cards were available. Today the benchmarking NDA lifted and we present you the review of the AMD Radeon HD 2600 XT. The card is based on the new RV630 GPU which has prominent features such as an integrated UVD decoder which helps with decoding high-definiton video by offloading almost all calculations to the GPU. Unlike the HD 2900 XT these calculations are not done in shaders but in a dedicated part of the GPU silicon which helps power consumption.
post #2 of 21
Looks to be a little bit slower than the 8600GTS, but then again, it's priced a little bit cheaper. Wonder how well it overclocks.
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wow :O holy crap look at how low the high res fps even with the 8800gtx :| dunno iff ill get this game :S but sure seems nice...
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thank god my 8600 helf off i was nervous for a second,good performance for the price.
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8800GTX>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>all of them almost all of the time. I love how the 8800GTX just beats all the cards as the resolution increases.
    
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Disappointing is what comes to mind. It cant even hold up to the X1800GTO which has 12 shaders...12 shaders! And only a 500MHz core clock. The 2600XT must have 120 very weak shaders. Man...ATI is really going downhill.
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Similar tests were just done with the 7.6 drivers and it very well stomped the 8600 in most every test.

http://www.overclock.net/news-overcl...nchmarked.html
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Originally Posted by J3r3my View Post
Disappointing is what comes to mind. It cant even hold up to the X1800GTO which has 12 shaders...12 shaders! And only a 500MHz core clock. The 2600XT must have 120 very weak shaders. Man...ATI is really going downhill.
There are not 120 hardware 'shaders' on the HD2600. Also, drivers are still quite new; I'd say the same about nVidia's drivers (given they have had ample time to fix their issues). I'd say the HD2600 is well on it's way to taking out the 8600GT/S in both performance and price.

Edit: To clarify: the X1950XT has 16 physical pixel-pipelines, but can crunch out 3 operations per pipeline, hence giving it 48 'pixel-pipelines'. The HD2000-series works in much the same way.
    
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There are not 120 hardware 'shaders' on the HD2600. Also, drivers are still quite new; I'd say the same about nVidia's drivers (given they have had ample time to fix their issues). I'd say the HD2600 is well on it's way to taking out the 8600GT/S in both performance and price.

Edit: To clarify: the X1950XT has 16 physical pixel-pipelines, but can crunch out 3 operations per pipeline, hence giving it 48 'pixel-pipelines'. The HD2000-series works in much the same way.
Except it's like 120/5 because each pipe can do 5 ops correct?

So more along the lines of 24 pipes.. still seems a bit weak.
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well. a 2900 should pwn ..

Right?
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