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July 2, 2007 11:54:54 PM

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July 3, 2007 12:42:50 AM

Why?

No one knows how it will perform and it probably wouldn't be that big of a boost over the 8600gt.
July 3, 2007 1:09:54 AM

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Why?

No one knows how it will perform and it probably wouldn't be that big of a boost over the 8600gt.

I know it was a dumb question but the reason I asked was:
1. I have a 8600GT
2. Cannot fit a 8800 in my case (8600GTS best I could do)
3. 2 gpu's on one card
4. Crossfire
5. Don't see the GTS as an upgrade option
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July 3, 2007 7:35:13 PM

The 2600XT Gemini?

I don't know if I'd dismiss it that quickly, the 2600 XT in crossfire mode will beat out the 8600 GTS pretty easily:

http://www.gamespot.com/features/6170621/p-3.html

So the question is, will it be cheap enough to bother with? If it's similarly priced to the 8600 GTS, it'll be a good alternative. The only thing that would make it a bad deal is the existance of the X1950 PRO and 7900 GS, which will probabkly be cheaper and perform about the same...
July 3, 2007 9:04:28 PM

The gemini cards look big, if you can't fit a 8800gts then I would expect the gemini to not fit also...
July 3, 2007 9:06:30 PM

Cleeve, I would like to see them fit 4 of them per PCB ala voodoo 6, that would be fun :) 
July 3, 2007 9:47:54 PM

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The 2600XT Gemini?

I don't know if I'd dismiss it that quickly, the 2600 XT in crossfire mode will beat out the 8600 GTS pretty easily:

http://www.gamespot.com/features/6170621/p-3.html

So the question is, will it be cheap enough to bother with? If it's similarly priced to the 8600 GTS, it'll be a good alternative. The only thing that would make it a bad deal is the existance of the X1950 PRO and 7900 GS, which will probabkly be cheaper and perform about the same...


Given the history of such cards (the dual 1950 pro, and there were some 7800 GTs sli'ed on one board or the dual 1650 thing from ATI) the prices were always out of sync with the performance. The dual 1950 pro costs 325€ while a single 1950 pro costs just 140€ tops for example. The pricing used to be horrible with dual GPU cards considering the additional requirements and limits compared to a faster single GPU card.

I haven´t give up though since AMD priced their 2600XT (the GDDR4) version quite aggressive. The 1.1 Ghz version with 256MB can be had for 104€ which places it next to the cheapest 8600 GT available. Maybe if it´s priced at 140-150€ it will find a market.
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July 3, 2007 11:54:58 PM

I wouldn't dismiss the Gemini HD2600 persay, I'm just very VERY dissapointed that that's the solution for the gap, and not something that would be more gloablly beneficial. It's like the GX2, sure it does the job, and sometimes for cheaper and less power, but if the performance is erratic, and the driver future questionable, I would only recommend it to people who know what they're getting themselves into.

I'm really interested in seeing if nV can get whatever their GF8800M is into a desktop form, that may or may not be the G92 we've heard about, but either way if it's anywhere near primetime, and a noticeable leap above a GF8600GTS, they might have a ton possabilities for a part like that.

the HD2600 Gemini may win the segment if they get it to market in time, but like the GX2 I still think of it as a hollow victory that admits defeat while saying, we couldn't do any better than two slap two chips together.

I still won't recommend it, but I'll be very interested in it's performance.

I need to do a little more research, but I'm wondering how CF handles the ROPs, it never mattered to my investigations before, but if the HD2600 Gemini is still pulling of 1 ROP (4 cluster) this may still be a very bottlenecked solution even as a Gemini card. :?
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