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1gb 2900 xt on retail? wtf?

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July 1, 2007 2:56:56 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Well 3 months ago i planned to build on the 1 gb version... I thought it wouldnt come out so i did it on the 512mb version. Anyone want 2 2900 xt's for 2/3 the price? T_T

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July 1, 2007 3:54:10 AM

The price isn't too bad. If it would had been at $450, then it would have been at a better spot IMO (speculation from where it might perform). At $490, the GTX then only becomes $50 more. I would really like to see some benchmarks populate the internet soon.
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July 1, 2007 4:39:41 AM

Wow that price really isn't that bad. I remember rumors that the card was going to retail around $650. Here you're getting twice the RAM for about $70 more. It may not be worth it over the 512MB version, but the price should come down more in the coming weeks.

@Heyyou27: True, it still doesn't beat the 8800GTX, but it costs less too.
July 1, 2007 4:52:19 AM

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Wow that price really isn't that bad. I remember rumors that the card was going to retail around $650. Here you're getting twice the RAM for about $70 more. It may not be worth it over the 512MB version, but the price should come down more in the coming weeks.

@Heyyou27: True, it still doesn't beat the 8800GTX, but it costs less too.
eVga Geforce 8800GTX $506 after rebate.So $16 cheaper, but if you're already paying almost $500 for a card, why not pay a little more for one that's faster and cooler? I'll admit that tessellation sounds cool, but by the time it's actually used, the 2900s and 8800s will be way to old for the games that support it.
July 1, 2007 6:23:17 AM

True, but the 2900 just came out, it's price will go down in a few weeks... look at the 512MB versions, they started around $450 now you can grab some below $400.
July 1, 2007 6:40:14 AM

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True, but the 2900 just came out, it's price will go down in a few weeks... look at the 512MB versions, they started around $450 now you can grab some below $400.
That's a good point; 8800GTX prices have been pretty stagnant since launch. I think the HD 2900XT 512MB is really the better card as it's cheaper to make due to the 512MB of DDR3, and the 1GB really only brings up the cost of manufacturing, while performance is almost unaffected.
July 1, 2007 6:57:05 AM

I think the performance will show itself at higher resolutions because of the higher amount of ram.
July 1, 2007 9:08:44 AM

how much for the cards? email me anthony_swars@aswars.com

sorry I cant pm I dont have 50 post yet

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Anthony Swars
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July 1, 2007 9:46:47 AM

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why not pay a little more for one that's faster and cooler?


The GTX isn't cooler than the XT. It consumes less power and thus generates less heat, but the XT's HSF does a better job at removing the heat. Most reviews have the XT between the GTS and GTX for temps.

But like I always say, who gives a rat's A$$ about temp if it's all going outside the case and who cares about power if the PSU can handle it? The important thing in the equation is that the GTX outperforms it, and that's what's important.

Price/performance is what most people care about, price/watt or per/degree doesn't matter to anyone other than OEMs IMO.

The heat and power pinchers are those building mid-range rigs, not with these cards.
July 1, 2007 12:42:13 PM

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But like I always say, who gives a rat's A$$ about temp if it's all going outside the case and who cares about power if the PSU can handle it? The important thing in the equation is that the GTX outperforms it, and that's what's important.
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You have a point, but higher temps means that your vga will not last for a long time
July 1, 2007 1:23:14 PM

Sorry it messed up my email

anthony_swars @ aswars.com like it looks just no spaces between the at sign but the underscore is supposed to be there
July 1, 2007 2:17:48 PM

YES! Finally! some closure! i didn't waste a bunch of money on 2x HD2900XTs instead of an ultra! lol, even though they were a tid bit cheaper (2x hd2900xts were something like $999 aud, ultra was like $1300)
July 1, 2007 5:08:13 PM

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True, but the 2900 just came out, it's price will go down in a few weeks... look at the 512MB versions, they started around $450 now you can grab some below $400.
That's a good point; 8800GTX prices have been pretty stagnant since launch. I think the HD 2900XT 512MB is really the better card as it's cheaper to make due to the 512MB of DDR3, and the 1GB really only brings up the cost of manufacturing, while performance is almost unaffected.

Yeah, the 512MB version makes more sense overall, especially since you won't need the extra RAM unless you're playing the latest games on a 30" LCD. 1GB really won't be necessary until Crysis-level games come out, and maybe not even then.
July 1, 2007 5:47:10 PM

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True, but the 2900 just came out, it's price will go down in a few weeks... look at the 512MB versions, they started around $450 now you can grab some below $400.
That's a good point; 8800GTX prices have been pretty stagnant since launch. I think the HD 2900XT 512MB is really the better card as it's cheaper to make due to the 512MB of DDR3, and the 1GB really only brings up the cost of manufacturing, while performance is almost unaffected.

Yeah, the 512MB version makes more sense overall, especially since you won't need the extra RAM unless you're playing the latest games on a 30" LCD. 1GB really won't be necessary until Crysis-level games come out, and maybe not even then.Even then the card is too limited with it's ROP and TMU count to really take advantage of the 1GB of memory.
July 1, 2007 6:18:56 PM

Yes, which is a real shame considering its massive 512-bit memory bus. Even the 8800GTX doesn't have that. Hopefully ATi will correct the architectural flaws with the 2950 revisions.
July 1, 2007 10:12:25 PM

30 inch dell monitor is exactly what I have :) 
July 1, 2007 10:13:34 PM

I paid 880 for mine on newegg.com
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