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PowerColor AMD Radeon HD 2900 Pro Review
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Written by Gizmo   
Sunday, 28 October 2007 21:58
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PowerColor Radeon HD2900 Pro
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FiringSquad evaluate this one for us:

Late last month, AMD quietly unveiled the Radeon HD 2900 Pro to the public. This GPU release was important for ATI because it finally gave them a very attractive solution for the $200-$300 market. Previously this segment was basically served by the Radeon X1950 XTX, which as we all know is previous generation technology and not very compelling in light of the GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB, which generally runs faster and of course supports DirectX 10.

Read the full review at FiringSquad:

For all intents and purposes, AMD basically had a huge hole in their lineup between the $150 Radeon HD 2600 XT and the $400 Radeon HD 2900 XT 512MB. The Radeon HD 2900 Pro fills this hole with three different SKUs: a $250 Radeon HD 2900 Pro 512MB (like the card we’re reviewing today), and two 1GB Radeon HD 2900 Pro SKUs with GDDR4 memory. What really makes the Radeon HD 2900 Pro so compelling in our eyes though isn’t just the price – what really excites us is the R600 GPU inside the Radeon HD 2900 Pro.

If you recall, R600 is the exact same GPU found in the Radeon HD 2900 XT. On paper, R600 is a technological tour de force. The chip sports 320 stream processors for handling pixel, vertex, and geometry shading duties and R600 boasts the world’s first 512-bit memory interface, feeding the R600 GPU with up to 105.6GB/sec of memory bandwidth in the Radeon HD 2900 XT. In comparison, that’s nearly twice the number of stream processors and almost 20GB/sec more bandwidth than the GeForce 8800 GTX.

 
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