Excerpt: Introduction Advertisement It’s only been three months since ATI launched the X1800 line of cards, but ATI is already launching their refresher parts for the high-end line. This represents one of the shortest-lived product lines for ATI and the entire 3D graphics industry in general. In recent memory only the failed GeForce 5800 series was shorter, though that is arguable as that product never really saw retail availability.
Summary: Reducing the memory size to bring down the cost of the card seems to be a good move. Throughout all benchmarks the card still stay well withing acceptable FPS ranges. However, if you plan on using this card at resolutions higher than 1600x1200 you are better off getting a 512 MB card since then the memory limit will show up because of the increased video memory consumption.
Pros: Fair price, Good performance, Crossfire capable
Cons: Cooler can be noisy, Not that much overclocking headroom, Two slot cooling solution
Conclusion: Up to this point, most gamers have pretty much come to accept that you can’t combine HDR with AA. A lot of this is because hardware capable of taking advantage of both features just hasn’t existed until just recently, but another significant factor which can’t be understated is the performance hit that’s traditionally come from enabling both features.
Excerpt: As ATI's current top videocard, the X1900XTX through testing and benchmarking can easily be seen as an extremely fast videocard and indeed the fastest we have ever tested here on Tweaknews.net. With all its advanced features and shader capabilities, purchasing this videocard will indeed give you the grunt to muscle your way through every current game along with many future games coming out this year.
2 Fast, 2 Furious: ATI Radeon X1900 XT CrossFire Review
26 February 2006
Summary: The Radeon X1900 XTX – the fast and the furious – is currently among the fastest graphics cards for consumers available. But sometimes even more speed is desired for unbelievable quality and realism. Introducing the review of the too fast and too furious tandem of two Radeon X1900-series graphics cards: the 96 pixel shader processors show themselves in all their glory in 21 benchmarks.
Pros: Extreme performance in loads of applications, primarily Direct3D;, Supreme performance under “high load” with FSAA and anisotropic filtering;, Sufficient performance in a lot of games with Super AA enabled;, Alpha-textures antialiasing;, Future proof – 512MB of onboard memory, the most efficient Shader Model 3.0 implementation to date, 96 pixel shader processors;, Support for FSAA with HDR.
Cons: Excessive power consumption;, Dual-slot cooling system;, Outperformed by competitors in OpenGL and some other titles;, Extreme price.
Excerpt: The ATI All-in-Wonder family has been in a category all its own for at least the last several years. No one but ATI has taken on the task of creating a video card that is both a gamer's card, as well as a multimedia card with full input/output capabilities. NVIDIA did once try a "Personal Cinema" series of cards with its partners, but it obviously didn't take off.
Summary: From our results we can say that Radeon X1900 XTX seems to be optimized for DirectX 9.0 and 9.0c games running at very high resolutions with image quality enhancements enabled.
On 3DMark2001SE, which simulates DirectX 8.1 games, it reached a lousy performance, so it doesn’t seem to be the right product for older games.
Summary: ATI Technologies’ highly-anticipated Radeon X1800-series proved to be a high-performance lineup, however, ATI failed to grab the crown of the indisputable leader from Nvidia Corp. with the new family and the latter’s GeForce 7800 GTX 512, which was never available in mass quantities, attracted a lot of attention to Nvidia’s products.
Pros: Unmatched performance in loads of applications, primarily Direct3D;, Supreme performance under “high load” with FSAA and anisotropic filtering;, Alpha-textures antialiasing;, Avivo video engine and hardware decoding of H.264 and other HD formats;, Future proof – 512MB of onboard memory, the most efficient Shader Model 3.0 implementation to date, 48 pixel shader processors;, Support for FSAA with HDR.
Cons: Excessive power consumption;, Dual-slot cooling system;, Outperformed by competitors in OpenGL and some other titles;, $649 price-point.
Summary: Well, it looks like the Radeon X1900 XTX has earned the title of the fastest single video card known to man. Oddly, though, two Radeon X1900 cards in a CrossFire config can't claim the title of the fastest two video cards known to man. The CrossFire card's marginally slower clock speeds, along with a tendency not to scale quite as well as SLI overall, leave that title with NVIDIA's GeForce 7800 GTX cards in SLI. Still, the Radeon X1900 series is quite an accomplishment.
ATI Radeon X1900 XTX and CrossFire Review - R580 Arrives
24 January 2006
Excerpt: ATI's R580 GPU architecture was probably one of the worst kept secrets in the industry in quite a long time. Even before R520 was being finalized, rumors were abound that the R580 was where ATI was really focusing and where they felt very confident they would get the upper hand on NVIDIA's reigning G70.