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PowerColor Radeon HD 2900 XT graphics card

Worth the wait?

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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

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