Tuesday, April 24th 2007

ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT Performance Benchmarks

The title speaks for itself. DailyTech has managed to run through some benchmarks with the ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT 512MB graphics card. The tests were conducted on an Intel D975XBX2 BadAxe2, Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 and 2x1GB DDR2-800 MHz. The operating system on the test system was Windows XP, with a fresh install before benchmarking each card. Testing of the AMD ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT was performed using the 8.361 Catalyst RC4 drivers, while the GeForce 8800 GTS used ForceWare 158.19 drivers. All game tests were run with the maximum detail settings at resolutions of 1280x1024.

The ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT is expected to be widely available in mid-May, with a suggested retail price of $499.Source: DailyTech
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94 Comments on ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT Performance Benchmarks

#1
Bonerheimer_c
Wow that card absolutely trounces NVIDIA in the HL2 benchmarks. That almost doesn't seem right that NVIDIA scored that low, my friend has a core 2 and an 8800 gts 320mb and plays counter strike source with everything maxed out @ 1440x900 at an average of at least 100 fps. If it really is that big of a difference this answers my question about what card to get as I am a CS:source addict.
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#2
malware
Actually DailyTech claims that there's something wrong with this particular benchmark:
* Our benchmarks for Half Life 2: Episode 1 showed an abnormal framerate for the NVIDIA 8800 GTS card that scaled with lower resolutions -- we are still investigating what occurred there.
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#3
Bonerheimer_c
Also, It came as a big surprise to me that it beat the quadro in professional benchmarks. Gaming graphics cards usually don't stand a chance against the workstation specific models.
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#4
Bonerheimer_c
Ahhh, guess I should have read the article instead of just looking at the picture :shadedshu haha
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#5
Eric_Cartman
i don't care, i want to see dx10 benchmarks before i make any decisions
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#6
jocksteeluk
no doubt when these new AMD cards are released the Nvidia will release another new card pushing these 8800 cards into the middle order of its products.

value for money > performance but who says you cant have both.
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#7
freaksavior
To infinity ... and beyond!
i'm an ATI fan my self although i bought my dad a 8800gts for his b-day, but i am considering getting a 8600gts but am going to wait for amd/ati to release there dx10 mid range cards
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#8
tvdang7
by: Bonerheimer_c
Wow that card absolutely trounces NVIDIA in the HL2 benchmarks. That almost doesn't seem right that NVIDIA scored that low, my friend has a core 2 and an 8800 gts 320mb and plays counter strike source with everything maxed out @ 1440x900 at an average of at least 100 fps. If it really is that big of a difference this answers my question about what card to get as I am a CS:source addict.
cs doesnt need a great card. just get a midrange and you are fine.overclock your cpu and you get more frames.
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#9
mdm-adph
not bad, not bad.

I know nVidia's probably just going to come out with something even faster soon after the HD 2900's release, but anything that gets ATI anywhere near the top is great for business (and competition).
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#10
overcast
by: Bonerheimer_c
Also, It came as a big surprise to me that it beat the quadro in professional benchmarks. Gaming graphics cards usually don't stand a chance against the workstation specific models.
In all the years I've dealt with "workstation" branded quadro cards and the like. We never found any benefit in using them over any type of highend "gaming card". In fact the gaming cards usually trounced them in any type of CAD / Rendering stuff.
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#11
mandelore
by: mdm-adph
not bad, not bad.

I know nVidia's probably just going to come out with something even faster soon after the HD 2900's release, but anything that gets ATI anywhere near the top is great for business (and competition).
"Well.. at the end of the day, when the smoke clears and the artillary goes silent,
ATI will be standing amidst a ring of bodies holding the flag of victory
"

mwahaha, couldnt help it.

ATI RoX

Edit: Just wish i had the money take one of those bad ass cards on, or 2 even. Meh, sods law im poor atm. Anyways, I agree with a few peeps that id rather wait for our own in-house testing and benching b4 believing anything
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#12
SpoonMuffin
and all these 8800 owners where insisting their cards would pwn amd's cards,,,,,


oh and dx10 benches, then wait a year or 2 for some real dx10 games, dx10 for the next 2 years will be like dx9 was for the first 2 years, sure some games supported it, but now real pure dx9 games excisted, hell valve plans to keep supporting dx8 for at least 2 more years.......
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#13
JrRacinFan
Served 5k and counting ...
I am just waiting to see what pricing difference if any, the existing "line-up" of grfx cards will be.

Although, those are some hella benches! :)
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#14
bruins004
by: SpoonMuffin
and all these 8800 owners where insisting their cards would pwn amd's cards,,,,,


oh and dx10 benches, then wait a year or 2 for some real dx10 games, dx10 for the next 2 years will be like dx9 was for the first 2 years, sure some games supported it, but now real pure dx9 games excisted, hell valve plans to keep supporting dx8 for at least 2 more years.......
A year or 2?
Crysis is coming out in Q3 which is DX10 :)
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#15
raven009
looks like waiting could have been worth it.
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#16
SpoonMuffin
its not pure dx10 buddy, its dx10 mode just uses the gpu to do more, they have even said that crisys on dx9 hardware will only be limmited by the hardwares power, if you have x1900xtx/1950xtx cf you should be seeing dx10 level detail, if you add a 3rd card as a pure PPU that should let the game use the 3rd card purly for PPU/game prosessing.

amd/ati have yet to put out the drivers for 3way crossfire but im sure its due out soon to support games that use havoc's new version as well as new games that can acctualy run game prosessing on the gpu not just gfx prosessing.

you wont see a pure/true dx10 game for a year or 2.

if you have ati hardware(x1k class) your going to beable to do ALOT more then nvidia 7x owners, because 7x cards dont got the shader power to run anything but the gfx on them.

read up, i have no life i read alot, the videos you saw of "dx10" mode that where so impressive, where just crysis on vista using x1950xtx crossfire(also read someplace they had 3 card working with a 3rd x1950xtx as a ppu)
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#17
Sasqui
by: overcast
In all the years I've dealt with "workstation" branded quadro cards and the like. We never found any benefit in using them over any type of highend "gaming card". In fact the gaming cards usually trounced them in any type of CAD / Rendering stuff.
Way true... the driver certification is the only issue, and that's all just a bunch of bloody marketing for the most part.
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#18
EviLZeD
the card looks real impressive
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#19
DaMulta
My stars went supernova
I want to see what the DDR 4 will do not DDR3
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#20
Greek
for me i would probably get an ati card, but only after crysis has been benchmarked on the cards, and depending on the price range, hopefully by the end of july these test shud be done so i can get a gd birthday prezie
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#21
bruins004
by: Greek
for me i would probably get an ati card, but only after crysis has been benchmarked on the cards, and depending on the price range, hopefully by the end of july these test shud be done so i can get a gd birthday prezie
I am doing this as well, but not looking to buy until late in the year.
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#22
mandelore
by: DaMulta
I want to see what the DDR 4 will do not DDR3
I second that notion, its always difficult when a product is so hyped up. I "REALLY" hope that it exceeds half the rubbish that has been touted as genuine for the r600 line
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#23
EastCoasthandle
by: bruins004
A year or 2? Crysis is coming out in Q3 which is DX10 :)
That's just one game
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#24
Gian-Pa
why not comparing with a 8800 GTX? afraid of bad results?
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#25
magibeg
Its not supposed to go against the 8800GTX, thats the job of the 2900XTX not the XT. It does look pretty impressive though.
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