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ATI 2600's starting at under $100? Holy freakin monkies!

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July 12, 2007 3:53:08 AM

first off.... haha.

now that i've said "haha" lets get started... Any opinions?... I just took a quick glance on newegg, and I'm going to be doing MUCH research and reading a bunch of (legitimate) reviews... but depending on how they work their drivers and support (in the real world, not pre-release reviews)... I think this could be a ground breaker for ATI. Because of the price point to be simple... and because the stream proc's are high (compared to nvidia if i remember correctly). Which boasts a good opportunity for future support (note in the few dx10 games that stream proc vid cards tend to do better than non stream proc's (comparatively for price/ low,mid,high one series to the next) but I think this will eventually give them a huge market share because of price point. :-p

So let your thoughts flow, leave some links to (legitimate) reviews, and if anyone has any experience with a linux system with these cards PM me! I want to know how it works!

i know newegg just got em, so I expect this forum to be full in 4 days (3 days standard shipping + 1 day to install, and run some tests/games) (and if you get paid like the rest of us do... 6 days... :-p
July 12, 2007 4:26:31 AM

The performance isn't there. It barely competes with the 8600GT.
July 12, 2007 5:20:14 AM

Yeapo even the 2600XT GDDR4 barely beats the 8600GT and sometimes the 8600GTS, dont even talk about having AA/AF on but if you like watching media and decoding go for it!
July 12, 2007 10:54:31 AM

Both the 8600/2600 series are WORTHLESS for gaming. Buy a 7900/1950 series for like $10 more and OWN the 8600/2600 series.

You have to o/c an 8600GT to match a 7900GS!, and when you o/c a 7900GS you right upto an 8600GTS.

The 8600/2600's are for box-builders like Dell, HP, Gateway, and eBay builders. STAY AWAY.

f61
July 12, 2007 1:15:47 PM

you forgot to mention that if you want a htpc that a 2600XT is the best option.
July 12, 2007 2:13:10 PM

are you guys missing something? like the price point? on next gen card.... that and it looks pretty.
July 12, 2007 2:25:10 PM

Cheap junk is still junk :kaola: 
July 12, 2007 2:31:39 PM

nachowarrior said:
are you guys missing something? like the price point?


Well...you are on a board full of enthusiasts (read: geeks, nerds, dorks and any other synonym you can think of), so you're going to get enthusiast-based answers.

In any case, if you are under a tight budget, you don't care about gaming performance, and you just want to say "my card is DX10-compliant," then go for it. However, as F61 said, you can get a GeForce 7900 or a Radeon X1950 for a small percentage more and get better performance (minus DX10, but really no card is up-to-snuff in that dept. yet).
July 12, 2007 2:38:34 PM

"The Radeon HD 2900 XT debuted with mediocre performance compared to the GeForce 8800 GTS 640, especially when price was factored in. But ATI has stepped up to bat and introduced fresh drivers that really bring out the 2900's potential, even allowing it to challenge the 8800 GTX in some arenas.

Even so, the 8800 GTS 640MB is still a great card and can challenge the 2900 XT in some titles, and on average you will find the 8800 GTS for less money. With this in mind, both cards are recommended in this price segment."

http://www.tomshardware.com/2007/07/03/the_best_gaming_...

I think the same thing will happen with the 2600xt's
July 12, 2007 2:44:06 PM

I agree... i've been watching the 7900gs for a while (cuz the ati cards of equal performance take too much power for me)... but now I'm excited to see how this goes... and I am looking to the future... building my pc up one part at a time. I don't even run windows, so I'm going to have to wait for linux support... I'm still pumped though that it released at such a good price. the 8600gts was like 200+ when it first came out!...
just a note that they're running gddr4 on a 150 dollar card... I think once they get some real world 'testing' (by that i mean the public having problems) done, that they will work very well... based on the streams and the gddr4.

and enthusiasts can be poor too...
July 12, 2007 3:07:58 PM

hey, does anyone know how many amps the 2600xt gddr4 pulls? I seem to be having trouble finding the spec on that. or is that limited by the lack of external power connector... I'm so used to seeing +12v requirements and external connectors... Does it even matter if it's just running off the pci-e slot's power?
July 12, 2007 3:16:48 PM

I'm pretty sure the 2600XT does not need an external power connector, it doesn't even use the full power from the PCI-E slot... it's low power consumption makes it a great buy for an HTPC or such.
July 12, 2007 3:22:12 PM

nice! the way it used to be! I never really liked the power hog factor... watching amps and all that, just another annoying problem causer... i heart the smaller 65nm process!
July 13, 2007 2:39:45 AM

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Both the 8600/2600 series are WORTHLESS for gaming. Buy a 7900/1950 series for like $10 more and OWN the 8600/2600 series.

You have to o/c an 8600GT to match a 7900GS!, and when you o/c a 7900GS you right upto an 8600GTS.

The 8600/2600's are for box-builders like Dell, HP, Gateway, and eBay builders. STAY AWAY.


Yeah but what happen to DX10, at beginnings when i bought my 8600GT i was damn it can barely compete with a 7600GT, i waited to dx10 game like lost planet but it was laggy like hell. Well i Lost planet is a port game from xbox and that why its ****. But TODAY when i downloaded World in Conflict Open Beta and Putting DX10 High Graphic with 2X Anti-Alli. well im very happy now, i got around 35-40fps.
a b U Graphics card
July 13, 2007 3:11:53 AM

In my humble opinion, they are worth about $75.
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