ATI Radeon HD 2900 XTX, Doomed from the Start

"AMD's flagship ATI Radeon HD 2900 XTX fails to usurp the GeForce 8800 GTX's performance crown "

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News <script type="text/javascript" src=""></script> Posted 26/04/07
Author: PV5150
Source: DailyTech

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As a continuation of what was posted yesterday regarding ATI's financial woes ; along comes another story which may well be another nail in the coffin. According to the source article, AMD's flagship GPU - HD 2900 XTX has received a thorough caning at the hands of Nvidia's 8800 GTX. So considerable was the defeat, that there may be a very strong possibility that the HD 2900 XTX may never see the light of day.

Up until at least March of 2007, the spearhead of the ATI Radeon HD 2900-family is the upcoming ATI Radeon HD 2900 XTX. This model is the big daddy of AMD’s DirectX 10 lineup, poised to take on NVIDIA’s GeForce 8800 GTX and upcoming 8800 Ultra.

ATI Radeon HD 2900 XTX video cards feature 1GB of GDDR4 video memory, besting the GeForce 8800 GTX’s 768MB of GDDR3 video memory. GPU manufacturers often wait to set the exact clock frequencies of bins until just weeks before launch. Our Radeon HD 2900 XTX sample was released to board partners in the second week of April, features memory clocked at 2.02 GHz and a core clock of 750 MHz.

Physically, the Radeon HD 2900 XTX core is identical to the Radeon HD 2900 XT core. Both feature 320 stream processors, but the XTX differs by bringing GDDR4 to the package.

The HD 2900 XTX is initially aimed at OEM's and system integrators but considering the less than stellar performance; additional memory cost and the large footprint...adoption is looking extremely dubious.

The numbers below further reinforce AMD's dilemma:

Performance chart

HD 2900 XTX

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25-04-2007, 12:29:19

it looks like the time for 8800 cards.

pirce is lower, and im sick of using my Laptop and borrowing my bro GFX card for games.

long story short, (if you guys remember i had to repair my car, well, it came off A LOT better than i thought, so im now in a better situation to spend some dosh!) would a 8800GTS run some games fine on 1920x1200?

am i going to see a slow motion version of the game instead?

8800GTX price arent too bad at the moment, i can see 360+postage.

to be honest, i dont play games all that much, A, cause i dont have time, B, im crap at it:D

to give you a idea of what type of games i play(maybe that'll help in choosing a card?)
Supreme commander - un-opened, no time for it plus PC isnt useable
C&C3 - un-open, same reason, and dont even ask me why i bought it....LOL like games with BIG maps....

any idea?

25-04-2007, 12:38:24

This FTW

Save yourself £100 and the 640mb will come very much so in handy at higher rez.

Or wait a little bit. R600 is due 14th of may APPARENTLY

25-04-2007, 12:49:06

8800GTS sounds like it's going to be the winning ticket for you mate.

25-04-2007, 13:31:16


This FTW

Save yourself £100 and the 640mb will come very much so in handy at higher rez.

Or wait a little bit. R600 is due 14th of may APPARENTLY

Concur; early benches are showing the equivalent 2900 leading the 8800 by ~15% on average, more or less depending on which game. And the street price should be about the same.

25-04-2007, 14:33:48

And of course we have reviewed a couple of 8800's - 640mb ftw imo

Here or here

26-04-2007, 17:45:58

i have played fear, supcom and cnc 3 on my spanking new 640mb 8800gts on my spanking new dell 2407wfp at 1920x1200 completely maxed settings and i have to say.. smooooooth
do it :D
i've yet to test 2142 but i will report back as soon as i've tried farcry (AA+HDR at last?!)

26-04-2007, 20:33:07

2142 doesn't work currently :( don't know why yet

27-04-2007, 04:39:14

64bit + EA?

27-04-2007, 04:45:32

It works fine on XP Pro x64, I dont have vista x64 though, so who knows...

30-04-2007, 16:31:55

That asus 8800gts 640mb on speicaltech is a damned good price. Might have to save abit of dosh..!

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