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2900 Pro 512Mb for $160 on Newegg

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December 20, 2007 12:26:49 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I saw this this morning, and for those who can look past monster power consumption, this is a beast of a value. Seems like a move to clear out R600 stock, but seriously, when overclocked to XT levels, this should perform on par with a 3870 and better than a 3850 for less money.

This is mainly relevant to those with a sub-$200 budget in need of that 512MB frame buffer (i.e. 16x10+).
December 20, 2007 1:05:51 PM

Nice find.. props :) 
December 20, 2007 1:30:03 PM

Its one of the cut down 2900 Pros. There are some with 512bit and some with 256bit bus. I don't know how the halfed bus affects performance.

Still a good deal though.
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December 20, 2007 1:50:48 PM

slobogob, the 2900 pro is nothing more than an xt with lowered clocks. the bus width is the same on both cards from what i know. the 256bit bus must be a misprint. the only 2900 card that i've seen that has a 256 bit bus is the 2900gt. when i got mine i flashed the bios with the xt bios and it performs exactly like an xt. amd/ati just wants these things gone.
December 20, 2007 2:11:28 PM

lambofgode3x said:
slobogob, the 2900 pro is nothing more than an xt with lowered clocks. the bus width is the same on both cards from what i know. the 256bit bus must be a misprint. the only 2900 card that i've seen that has a 256 bit bus is the 2900gt. when i got mine i flashed the bios with the xt bios and it performs exactly like an xt. amd/ati just wants these things gone.


Are you sure? I checked some shops and they list it as a Pro with 256 bit. I even found some news articles stating that Sapphire would release a 2900 Pro with 256bit bus (most german, some french too). Then again, the bandwidth didn't do the 2900 series much good, so even with a 256bit bus it still is a steal.

Don't mention the 2900GT - there's not enough graphic card left to speak about.
December 20, 2007 3:22:45 PM

I suppose it's possible that the 2900 GPU is pin-compatible with the 38x0 GPUs, and they're putting remaining 2900's on 3800 boards and calling them 2900 PROs...
December 20, 2007 3:52:43 PM

Assuming that a single 2900 card would be slower than a 3870, I wonder how a 2900 Pro Crossfire would compare. The price would not be much more, but if the performance increased well enough, it might be an alternative.
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