Well unless you've been living under a rock since Monday,
you've probably noticed we
have access to a few R600 cards.
One thing that concerns me is that many of our readers may think the 750 MHz core
clock on the Radeon HD 2900 XTX, if it even comes to market, will be the final
clock. I can almost guarantee you that if anyone decides to bring this to
channel, the core clock will get a bump. Keep in mind that Sven managed
to overclock the core to 845 MHz on the XT card.
In addition, I was quite pleased with the HD 2900 XT tests. I do believe
when overclocked -- and this card seems to have a bit of headroom -- the card
does well against the 8800 GTS and starts to encroach on the 8800 GTX
territory. In our testing, it doesn't beat a GTX, but then again it won't
be a $500 graphics card either. That task was reserved for the XTX and I
think it’s quite obvious that increasing the memory size and frequencies on the
R600 GPU won't usurp the 8800 GTX.
I won't pretend that the tests we did were exhaustive. Since DailyTech
does not sign embargos, we sort of get what we can take when it comes to
publishing early tests. Scott Wasson, Ryszard Sommefeldt and Anand Shimpi
are true experts when it comes to GPU performance, and if you have any
reservations about our preliminary examinations, certainly wait for their
In conclusion, what did the HD 2900 XTX benchmarks really show? I think
the most obvious answer is that the difference between 1GB GDDR4 and 512MB
GDDR3 is certainly not going to be a viable option for R600. Like
we had mentioned before, this card is at least partially scrapped at this
point, save a few OEMs who will be putting it into workstations.
quote: .....the majority of OEM partners that have turned down this card.
quote: In conclusion, what did the HD 2900 XTX benchmarks really show? I think the most obvious answer is that the difference between 1GB GDDR4 and 512MB GDDR3 is certainly not going to be a viable option for R600. Like we had mentioned before, this card is at least partially scrapped at this point, save a few OEMs who will be putting it into workstations.
quote: C'mon 7900GS!!! Keep a chuggin'!... in Vista??? ROFLMFAO!!!
quote: Ok, so before this goes totally out of hand, let me say this, and this will be my final say on the matter, until the NDA is lifted: AMD made certain decisions concerning this card. I took a hard look out there, to see what's being leaked, and it seems there are still some stuff that are totally made up - tbh, it smells like a FUD campaign to me, if I take into consideration certain emails that are flying around lately. Certainly there are some stuff out there that are true, and you will know which is which when the NDA lifts soonish. The journalists that were in Tunis certainly know, and are probably laughing at some of those at this minute.
quote: While I am required to follow the NDA, the stuff up on Daily Tech today is almost worthless. Yes Anandtech was present in Tunisia (signing Non-disclosure agreements like the Inquirer), why they are posting this stuff is beyond me because their numbers are off. They must be only using the XP drivers and OS because the numbers in CF vs the GTX are very much different. So until I can officially comment on the architecture and the performance.. hold all of this as useless until the rest of the world writes about it.
quote: I'm still waiting to hear what card you used as the only card with those specs is water cooled. Do you have an unreleased 8800?