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HIS Radeon HD 2900 Pro 512MB
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Written by Gizmo   
Tuesday, 23 October 2007 20:46
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HIS Radeon HD 2900 Pro
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Digit-Life give us a look at this surprising value:

We are surprised to see a modification of RADEON HD 2900 XT at $249 instead of $449. That is, the GPU clock was reduced by 150 MHz, memory was left almost untouched. And voila - meet the 2900 PRO, cheaper by $200. Even without tests it's clear that such a product can be extremely popular.

 

Read the full review at Digit-Life:

This GPU is not cut down, only its clock rate is reduced by 150 MHz. I suspect that it's reduced artificially. That is these cards are probably based on ready 2900 XT cards, not on R600 rejects. Their clock rate is reduced on purpose. Our sample worked well at the clock of the 2900 XT. So owners of the 2900 PRO might have a chance to get the 2900 XT (they should just try to increase the clock rate manually or flash the BIOS version from the 2900 XT). But they'll get it for $250.

Owing to very high power consumption (above 200 Watt), the card has two power connectors. One of them is an 8-pin connector (PCI-E 2.0) instead of the usual 6-pin one. There are presently no adapters for this connector. That's OK, because a usual 6-pin cable from a PSU can be plugged into this connector, and the remaining two pins are responsible for unlocking overclocking (the driver determines whether these pins are powered, if no - it blocks any attempts to raise frequencies).

 
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