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It would be fine on stock for crossfire heat-wise as long as you keep air moving.
I know that you're very likely right, but the idea idea still makes me queasy. OTOH, I've got a DD Maze5 on the end of it, and I could probably get another one and some tygon for fairly cheap
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I know that you're very likely right, but the idea idea still makes me queasy. OTOH, I've got a DD Maze5 on the end of it, and I could probably get another one and some tygon for fairly cheap
Tygon?
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That's some performance tubing.
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They say Tygon tubing doesn't kink. They are almost honest. You leave it sit kinked and it will take a set that way. But when we are talking liquids around electronics I decided that I did not want to skimp at all - nothing that could develop cracks and leak all over everything.

Regardless, what really worries me is the little pump that Tt used for the Tidewater. I think Nuclearcrap said that passed 18inches he found that the pump wasn't strong enough to keep an acceptable flow rate, and the tubing is only 1/4 in. Unless it's the middle of winter my temps are generally in between what you'd get on a good WC loop and good air cooling. And all you have to do is bolt it on... unless you're me, in which case you go insane and spend double what you payed for it upgrading the thing.
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*I'm saying this as a disclaimer before writing the rest of this post: I own both an ATI/AMD, and an Intel/Nvidia system. So no fanboy here.*

I wonder why they didn't test a 8800GTX in the 3DMark comparison runs? The 3DMark06 @ 11,247 (stock settings) is pretty impressive for the 2900XT though IMO.

My system (check sig) is somewhat similar performance-wise to the test setup they ran:

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The setup for the nVidia cards was:

CPU: Intel Core2Duo E6700 @ 3.33Ghz
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But I'm also a little curious why they didn't use the same motherboard for both test setups...

My max score (in Vista mind you) for 3DMark06 is 11,611 (stock settings). My CPU is clocked slightly less then theirs (3.2GHz vs. 3.33GHz), but I run my 8800GTX OC'd from the stock 575/1800 to 625/2000.

So if these tests are real, the 2900XT performed very well IMO - especially for the price tag.
    
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That's a review of the 512MB version right? There's nothing on the review that indicates that it is the 1GB version.
Its the 1 GB version, check the review carefully
    
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*I'm saying this as a disclaimer before writing the rest of this post: I own both an ATI/AMD, and an Intel/Nvidia system. So no fanboy here.*

I wonder why they didn't test a 8800GTX in the 3DMark comparison runs? The 3DMark06 @ 11,247 (stock settings) is pretty impressive for the 2900XT though IMO.

My system (check sig) is somewhat similar performance-wise to the test setup they ran:



But I'm also a little curious why they didn't use the same motherboard for both test setups...

My max score (in Vista mind you) for 3DMark06 is 11,611 (stock settings). My CPU is clocked slightly less then theirs (3.2GHz vs. 3.33GHz), but I run my 8800GTX OC'd from the stock 575/1800 to 625/2000.

So if these tests are real, the 2900XT performed very well IMO - especially for the price tag.
I agree with you on that one!! The score is pretty good for the 2900XT.
    
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Im gonna buy 2 of these for my next system
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^^^^^^^^
Beware of multi GPU solutions! Make sure that the games you play/your chipset fully implements the multi-GPU setup.
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Great review, if I had a desktop, I would definitely consider this card over the 8800. And all those max settings too....I usually play my games on medium settings just to get by (on my old desktop that is).

And why delete the thread, its a good review regardless of who did it. To lock or delete this thread simply because you don't like another website would be childish.
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