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Two Diamonds: ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT 1GB CrossFire Review

Started by: Moe Szyslak | Date 09/11/07 01:46:28 PM
Comments: 42 | Last Comment:  01/10/08 05:33:11 AM

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The 8800 Ultra still blows the 2900 out of the water in a single card set-up. Which brings me to a flaw in this review. You show the 2900 in CF but you don't show the 8800 in SLI. Not really fair now, is it?
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Um, did you two guys read why they didn't have SLi in their setup?

I think you have a flaw in your reading of this review.

"As for Nvidia’s multi-GPU solutions, the support of SLI technology in Windows Vista is deficient so far despite the release of an appropriate patch by Microsoft. We installed that patch but could not enable SLI mode on our test computer."
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My bad *Bows head in shame*
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Why the hell would you test with the 7.7 drivers? We were ALL using the 7.8s at the time this article was written. Actually today I'm using the 7.9s that came out yesterday and they fixed a huge amount of performance issues since the 7.7s. As far as I'm concerned this article is all ready out of date.

They should test with the 7.9s. AMD has made huge strides since those crappy 7.7s.
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Got to say I would love to see the performance differences that the new 7.9 drivers would give. I'm still amused by the decision to make a 1GB graphics card as 512 is more than enough. Running 2x 1gb in CF just seems ludicrous to me. Interesting article tho, but get those 7.9 drivers in there and give ATI a redo. They slipped up after AMD played buyup but they're getting better.
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yes, 7.9 drivers please.
also show 8800GTS SLI if you can.
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It appears you didn't read my other comment: "As for Nvidia’s multi-GPU solutions, the support of SLI technology in Windows Vista is deficient so far despite the release of an appropriate patch by Microsoft. We installed that patch but could not enable SLI mode on our test computer."

Taken directly from the review. SLi can NOT be done under Vista with their test system.
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why use windows vista at all?
xp please, i want to see amd crossfire (with their latest drivers) vs ultra sli...in glorious 2560x1600
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it's great that xbitlabs finally review in 2560x1600 resolution.

i am just wondering why the heck didn't they use the latest amd driver 7.9?

where is the ultra sli result?
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AMD/ATi should decrease its price level for Radeon HD 2xxx series to compete against nVidia 8xxx series domination. Otherwise, AMD will always be a market follower. Hopefully a new generation from ATi would be unveiled soon enough : Faster clock for core, memory and shader ; Lower power consumption and lower noise level ; Greater performance and more stable (no drivers handicap) ; and packed with lower price. I'm an Indonesian and sorry for my English. Regards for all hardware freaks.
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"Lower power consumption and lower noise level ; Greater performance and more stable (no drivers handicap) "

Its already here! ---> *Looks at his 8800GTX*

;-)
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To all those defending the lack of SLI testing in this review with the Vista limitation excuse. This review is both outdated AND lacking.
1. Besides support for DX10, Vista is still buggy and slow compared to XP.
2. Less than 10% of world wide Windows installations on home computers (gamers) are on Vista. Thus, XP is still the standard Windows OS!
3. Catalyst 7.8 was indeed available at the time this review was written, and 7.9 was released a couple of days ago. nvidia have also released a beta ForceWare 163.xx which could solve the SLI problem on Vista.

My conclusion of this review - a very small and none fair perspective of the current comparison between the involved models.
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Considering you are an nVIDIA freak, I would no doubt say that you consider this unfair.
0 0 [Posted by:  | Date: 09/16/07 11:37:50 AM]
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I've had good experience with using ATI card and I'm currently using the x1950pro. I find nvidia product cycle is too fast. in the long term, benefiting only the company, not the consumer's pocket.

Nevertheless, I won't even think of buying the R600 series card. I think the AMD merging and possibly some other internal disturbance really ruined this potentially great product. I do praise nvidia for their comparatively better effort in DX10 cards.

In the end, there is no reasonable priced DX10 cards out there. If I want high tech, I'll put my money on a PS3. I reckon PS3 is still the most powerful machine a consumer can purchase.
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I don't see the reason you used the catalyst 7.7beta while we're in Catalyst 7.9.

From I've read, it's a big difference.
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