Feeds
75%

PowerColor Radeon HD 2900 XT graphics card

Worth the wait?

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

The PowerColor HD 2900XT that we're reviewing here is the dead spit of the reference sample that we got from AMD so we were also able to run the 2900 XTs in CrossFire. Consequently, we also compared £498 of dual Radeon HD 2900 XT with a £485 Asus EN8800 Ultra - as the name suggests, based on the GeForce 8800 Ultra. The drivers we used didn't include the Overdrive overclocking feature, and 3DMark06 doesn't recognise the hardware so we were instructed to use a switch to get the benchmark to run.

3DMark06 benchmark results
AMD ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT - 3DMark06 results
Longer bars are better

The results in 3DMark06, Half-Life 2 and Elder Scrolls: Oblivion make it plain that this hardware has no place connected to a low-resolution screen. With every quality setting enabled, the 2900 XT performs extremely capably, and with two cards in CrossFire it gave the 8800 Ultra a considerable spanking.

Half-life 2 Lost Coast benchmark results
AMD ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT - Half-Life 2 results
Frame rates - longer bars are better

Build a business case: developing custom apps

Next page: Verdict

More from The Register

next story
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Sonos AXES support for Apple's iOS4 and 5
Want to use your iThing? You can't - it's too old
You didn't get the MeMO? Asus Pad 7 Android tab is ... not bad
Really, er, stands out among cheapie 7-inchers
Apple winks at parents: C'mon, get your kid a tweaked Macbook Pro
Cheapest models given new processors, more RAM
4K video on terrestrial TV? Not if the WRC shares frequencies to mobiles
Have your say with Ofcom now, before Freeview becomes Feeview
Leaked Windows Phone 8.1 Update specs tease details of Nokia's next mobes
New screen sizes, dual SIMs, voice over LTE, and more
YES, iPhones ARE getting slower with each new release of iOS
Old hardware doesn't get any faster with new software
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Maximize storage efficiency across the enterprise
The HP StoreOnce backup solution offers highly flexible, centrally managed, and highly efficient data protection for any enterprise.