Thursday, May 24th 2007

Sapphire to Launch New HD 2600 XT ULTIMATE Edition Graphics Solution

Sapphire Technology has just announced that in addition to the new HD 2600 and HD 2400 series of graphics accelerators scheduled for release in July, the range will include the new completely passively cooled SAPPHIRE HD 2600 XT ULTIMATE Edition. The SAPPHIRE HD 2600 XT ULTIMATE Edition features the latest unified shader architecture with 24 shader pipelines, core clocks of 800MHz, a 128-bit memory bus and high speed GDDR3 memory clocked at 1.4GHz. Sapphire offers the HD 2600 XT Ultimate Edition in two memory sizes, 256MB and 512MB. Other family members include the SAPPHIRE HD 2600 PRO with a similar architecture, but using 256 or 512MB of GDDR2 memory. Also available are the SAPPHIRE HD 2400 XT and SAPPHIRE HD 2400 PRO, cost effective solutions with 8 unified shader pipelines and a 64-bit memory interface using GDDR3 and GDDR2 memory respectively. Sapphire is already shipping its new flagship model the SAPPHIRE HD 2900 XT. Other products in the family are scheduled for delivery in July.

Source: Sapphire
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33 Comments on Sapphire to Launch New HD 2600 XT ULTIMATE Edition Graphics Solution

#1
x2mA mPn
such a big box for such a small card
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#2
pt
not a suicide-bomber
i want benchs from it :)
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#3
LiNKiN
Staff
I wonder what price point these will come in at? And yes benchies would be nice. :D
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#4
TheButcherNL
I thought I read somewhere that it would have GDDR4?

cya
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#5
Darknova
Only 24 shaders? and only a 128-bit memory bus?

sounds kind of weak...was expecting more....
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#6
GJSNeptune
Heh. I love the hype created by the words and letters after 2600. Makes it sound like a really sweet card. :p

Reminds me of Little Giants, where the snotty (as in full of snot bubbles) kid was wrapped up in bubble wrap and pushed around like a pinball ball.
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#7
mandelore
by: x2mA mPn
such a big box for such a small card
It needs all that space for its ego :p
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#8
Tatty_One
Super Moderator
And to think we were disappointed in the 8600GTS, I will be intersteded to see how this card compares but it will be too late for me, I am having 2 8600GTS for SLi for me Birthday, they can be got cheap now in the UK for less than the price of a 7900GS if you know where to shop.
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#10
Jimmy 2004
by: TheButcherNL
I thought I read somewhere that it would have GDDR4?

cya
Even the 2900 only uses GDDR3 at the moment (if they release the XTX that should be GDDR4) so I wouldn't expect these to have anything more than GDDR3.
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#11
devguy
by: Jimmy 2004
Even the 2900 only uses GDDR3 at the moment (if they release the XTX that should be GDDR4) so I wouldn't expect these to have anything more than GDDR3.
Yeah, but the specs say that the 2600xt is allowed to use gDDR4 and I would think that "ultimate" would have the card maxed out. Seems kinda weird, unless they release a HD 2600 xt Uber edition...:rockout:
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#12
zekrahminator
McLovin
If these people would release the 2400 and 2600 this month, I think ATI would see a very nice comeback in profits. Zero extra power connectors for possible 8600-raping performance? Hard to argue with that, unless you're an NVIDIA fanboy xD.
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#13
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
Some more pics would have been nice IMHO, big box, small card & 1 pic....

also as soembody did mention earlier, some benches would be nice
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#14
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Well, I guess the AIB partners are getting them out as fast as they can. Still, ATI has enough to battle Nvidia's recent onslaught of midrange and lowrange cards and Im willing to bet they will perform nicely and probably be better than them. Remember, being late to the party, doesnt necessarily mean they are gonna lose. It means that these should be sweet cards and work very nicely. Honestly, you folks need to get off this launch date blues.
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#15
tkpenalty
24?! Sapphire doesnt say anything about it! EDIT They do, what happened to 120 unified shaders?

looks WAY different to the sapphire... whats going on?!
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#16
Zubasa
on their site they say
Unified Superscalar Shader Architecture

* 120 stream processing units
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#17
tkpenalty
by: Zubasa
on their site they say
Unified Superscalar Shader Architecture

* 120 stream processing units
Probably:

24 Dedicated shaders, 120 Stream processors, which would REALLY kick ass.
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#18
Tatty_One
Super Moderator
by: tkpenalty
Probably:

24 Dedicated shaders, 120 Stream processors, which would REALLY kick ass.
Why? I am a bit lost, does the 2900XT not have more stream processors than the 8800 GTS and it does not even kick the 8800GTS's 640MB ass. I seem to recall it's not just about how many but also the speed they work and thats where the 8800's stength seems to be. I do think however that on paper at least the 2600XT should be more than a match for the 8600GTS but I think where ATi may be stronger is in DX10, well hopefully so, competition is good!
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#19
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
by: tkpenalty
24?! Sapphire doesnt say anything about it! EDIT They do, what happened to 120 unified shaders?

looks WAY different to the sapphire... whats going on?!
I think whats going on here is that everyone is trying to copy HiS's 'DHES' cooling system....
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#20
rhythmeister
by: FreedomEclipse
I think whats going on here is that everyone is trying to copy HiS's 'DHES' cooling system....
The HIS coolers are just Arctic cooling silencers sure!
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#21
erocker
I don't think AC uses heatpipes. Either way I don't think that the quality of HIS coolers are all that great. Good design though.
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#22
zekrahminator
McLovin
All this shader bullcrap is confusing the fuck out of me (don't explain it please :p), from now on I'm basing my video card decisions on benchmarks and power consumption.
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#23
jpierce55
That card does looks smaller, perhaps quiet since it has heat riser tubes, may be a really good mid-range card.
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#24
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
by: erocker
I don't think AC uses heatpipes. Either way I don't think that the quality of HIS coolers are all that great. Good design though.
Correct, AC's 'DHES' series coolers don't use heatpipes.

even tho there maybe some despute over the quality of DHES type coolers. even tho ATi (& some Nvidia 7900GS series cards) did run with a stock cooler of very very similar design. reviews & also others would always say that HiS's stock coolers were always better & more quiet then the coolers on other brands....

ontop of that Ive never heard anybody complain about the quality, reliablility or the effectiveness of the HiS DHES coolers. on the other hand where ATi & Nvidia sits I hear a lot of complaints made daily about their stock coolers. mainly complaints about it sounding like a helicopter assualt when the pc is booted up or when gaming.

this is a complete unbias post. Ive runa plethora of cards from many manufacturers all execpt for HiS which is a bit of a pain to get hold of where I live.

I run a GeCube x1800XT with an A.C X2 cooler. Ive run sapphires, 3d Prophets, PowerColour but even if i aint tried it first time. HiS always seems to get my vote. they just look much better in general also. my personal opinion anyway.
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#25
Xaser04
by: Zubasa
on their site they say
Unified Superscalar Shader Architecture

* 120 stream processing units
Isn't the ATI R600 design based around 5 sets of 64 shaders to equal its 320 total.

Therefore the 24 x 5 = 120 stream processors for this card.

One thing that is bugging me though is the 128bit memory interface.

Considering the R600 has a full blown 512bit memory interface couldn't ATI have at least given the card a 256bit memory interface.
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