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.

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

#1
Tatty_One
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Xaser04 said:
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.
I agree but it would cost more, at the moment they HAVE to be price competative so If can still beat the 8600GTS for around the same price....they are sorted!
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Solaris17
Creator Solaris Utility DVD
Tatty_One said:
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.
i wouldnt feel bad man seriously i just got a 8600gt and it is sooo amazing im getting thousands of pints 4k+ in all 3dmark benchies than when i had my 1600xt...its an amazing card dont kick yourself tilly ou see the resaults.
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rhythmeister
erocker said:
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.
I didn't say they did! The HIS cards, even upto the HIS x1650 Pro Turbo that died on me had the SAME Artic Cooling Silencer on as the old Rev 3 silencer that I put on my dear old 9800"xt" only with 4 holes instead of 2. They are WAY better than stock single slot coolers AND remove heat from the case to boot; maybe not as vital to you ATX boys but I live in mATX land it every little helps :rockout:
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Tatty_One
Senior Moderator
Solaris17 said:
i wouldnt feel bad man seriously i just got a 8600gt and it is sooo amazing im getting thousands of pints 4k+ in all 3dmark benchies than when i had my 1600xt...its an amazing card dont kick yourself tilly ou see the resaults.
Nice! So a GTS would rock then.....mmmmmmmm 2 x GTS in SLi, I like the sound of that, the big bonus for the GT is such a low power draw, no need for even a PCI_E 6 pin power connector!!!!! Thats gotta be good.
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Solaris17
Creator Solaris Utility DVD
ya dude its sweet man it ocs mad easy to and a little past the 8600gts...i had it a couple mhz past gts speeds in core and mem and it ran fine with better thermal paste oc'd no problem and as i said 4k+ in 3dm 06 MORE in the others and dont get me started on aqua mark ~30k....its a beast dude and shaderm 4.0 ready as well as dx10.. it was a good buy and im glad i did it...if you want in order to help you out i could run some tests to show you just look at my 05 score that used to be like 4800 or so.
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#6
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
Solaris17 said:
ya dude its sweet man it ocs mad easy to and a little past the 8600gts...i had it a couple mhz past gts speeds in core and mem and it ran fine with better thermal paste oc'd no problem and as i said 4k+ in 3dm 06 MORE in the others and dont get me started on aqua mark ~30k....its a beast dude and shaderm 4.0 ready as well as dx10.. it was a good buy and im glad i did it...if you want in order to help you out i could run some tests to show you just look at my 05 score that used to be like 4800 or so.
'SM 4.0'

wtf SM4 already? we havent even made full use of SM3 yet let alone SM4
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#7
erocker
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SM4.0 is a part of DirectX 10. We have been using 9 for quite a while now.
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#8
Ripper3
Games taking full advantage of SM3 have ben around, while stuff like FarCry have been updated to use it.
RB6:Vegas only supports DX9.0c cards and later, don't know about other games having such a limited selection of supported cards, but probably not many.

SM3 was part of the specification for DX9.0c, but other versions of DirectX 9 used SM2.0
SM4 is for DX10 only though.
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