Y would you want to crossfire a high end card with a low end card. Just save up till you can buy another high end card. If you could do this you'd probably bottleneck it. Thats like putting 800mhz memory with 400mhz memory. It'll down clock to the lowest set memory. Thus serving no point. Get the highest end card from ATI (xtx) when it comes out in June and then get another one once you can afford it latter on. I wouldn't doubt that it'd be around the current price of the 8800GTX, but thats just speculation.
the 2900xt (comparable to 8800gtx) will be $400, thats all i know
Except you got it wrong; the ATI HD2900XT is comparable to a nVidia 8800GTS and the ATI HD2900XTX is comparable to a nVidia 8800GTX. Expect to actually buy one by the end of May and expect a nice $100-$150 market value premium over MSRP for a few months. The nVidia 8900 will release sometime in fall.
Except you got it wrong; the ATI HD2900XT is comparable to a nVidia 8800GTS and the ATI HD2900XTX is comparable to a nVidia 8800GTX.
Not from any of the early benchies sofar. IF you have something to counter them post it, until then the XT looks to be the competitor for the GTX, with the XTX being the card put forth to pre-empt the GF8900.
Expect to actually buy one by the end of May and expect a nice $100-$150 market value premium over MSRP for a few months.
Potentially. just like anything if there's high demand the price would go up. Of course if you believe your first part, then why would demand be so high? You seem to be contradicting yourself a bit.
The nVidia 8900 will release sometime in fall.
Just like your first part, this was based on what exactly?
The R600 512MB is HD2900XT:
-512MB GDDR-3 memory from Samsung
-offers same or a little better performance than 8800GTX
-at a price point of 8800GTS
The R600 1GB is HD2900XTX is likely to sit at a price closer to that of nVidia's 8800GTX but benchmark a fair bit higher
ATi are looking to penetrate with low prices
also stay well away from 8800 Ultra (not that you'll have much choice given there not making many). Its just the same PCB with a fancy cooler trying to gain 20% performance apparently and will be pricing in pretty damn high especially for those who live in the UK cos thats the way it always is.
I know the date for Nvidia's 8600gts is 4/17/07. It is pretty much a confirmed date.
What about AMD's HD 2xxx cards? I heard some said the end of April, some said the end of May.
I personally are more interested in the new HD 2600xt, more so over than 8600gts. According to some benchmarks, 8600gts's performance is disappointing.
From what I have seen the benchmarks were right around were I thought they'd be, remember they are only DX10 budget range alternatives, not right end.
Also, we are going to see benchmarks and additional information on the HD 2x00XT on the 23 of april. I'm hoping for some reliable benchmarks on games that are currently released, not Crysis or something else that we have nothing to compare it towards current hardware/games.
I personally think that ATI is going to dominate the lower end from what I have seen, but again I as well as no one else has anything to back up what we say, everyone is only assuming.