AMD really have done some wonderful things with the HD 2900 XT, the card continues to impress us. We can see that overclocking is possible but not by a load, the bottom line is though that the performance of the cards are simply great, especially when you consider the price of them.
Anyone who is serious about performance is looking down the barrel of a P35 motherboard and a G0 processor, your only option at the moment for a dual card setup is Crossfire and it doesn't look like the release of the X38 is going to change this.
The overall quality and features of the products are very high like all other HD 2900 XT cards, the cards feel extremely sturdy, the fan is mounted with screws in multiple locations and it just all round feels like a top quality product.
Checking out the bundle didn't bring us much in the way of surprises, the standard cables and connectors that you expect from any HD 2900 XT. The inclusion of Dungeon Siege we don't even consider, if HIS had chosen to include something more recent there is absolutely no reason we wouldn't see the bundle and package score be closer to the 95% mark. We really hope this is something HIS take into consideration.
If you're happy with what the HD 2900 XT 1GB cards are capable of the good news is that you shouldn't have any issue getting onto your favorite e-tailor/retailer and ordering one or two. The 1GB GDDR4 models while in the country don't seem to be held on hand as much though, so you might be hanging out for a day or two before it's shipped to you.
The HD 2900 XT continues to be very good value for money, 1GB GDDR4 cards give us a nice little boost in a single card setup and when in Crossfire bring us our biggest 3DMak06 score to date thanks to the increased memory speed.
These aren't the kind of cards that you would upgrade to from a HD 2900 XT 512MB GDDR3 but if you have the dollars and you're in the market for a new video card the 1GB GDDR4 model is a great card, especially since AMD have done more than just slap twice the amount of memory on.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [The Package]
- Page 3 [The Card]
- Page 4 [Test System Setup and 3DMark05]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - 3DMark06]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - Half Life 2 (Episode One HDR)]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - Prey]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - F.E.A.R.]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - Company of Heroes]
- Page 10 [Benchmarks - World in Conflict (DX9)]
- Page 11 [Benchmarks - Lost Planet]
- Page 12 [Benchmarks - High Quality]
- Page 13 [Temperature Test]
- Page 14 [Power Consumption Tests]
- Page 15 [Kamikaze Run]
- Page 16 [Final Thoughts]