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ATI's Radeon X1900 Video Card Series

Postby Apoptosis » Tue Jan 24, 2006 8:06 am

With the launch of ATI's X1900 series we see the first series of graphics cards to feature 48 pixel shaders and over 380 million transistors. The new X1900XTX, X1900XT, and X1900 CrossFire are also available for sale today, which might as well be another first for the video card industry! Read on to see how the ATI X1900 compares to the nVIdia 7800GTX 512!

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ATI’s new flagship video card is the X1900XTX. Thankfully the performance of the card matches the length of its name. It comes with a core clock of 650MHz and 512MB of RAM clocked at 1.55GHz. For those wondering X1800XT was clocked at 625MHz core, and 1.5GHz memory. It’s difficult to tell the differences between the new card and the old card on the outside, with the only noticeable differences being the number of mosfets next to the long red heat sink toward the end of the board. The card comes equipped with two Dual Link DVI connectors and an S-Video connector. This level of performance doesn’t come cheap at $649 MSRP and is available at the time of writing for $694 at MonarchPC.


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Postby kenc51 » Tue Jan 24, 2006 10:07 am

Is it just me, or does everyone feel a little let down by ATI.....I was hoping for more.....If they can only just compete with the GTX512...what will happen when nVidia have their even newer gfx card out.....???

I noticed you were using 5.13 beta drivers....I'm hoping the 6.2 catalyst drivers improve performance..... [-o<

Just I was expecting more from an '06 next-gen card when competing with an '05 card.....
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Postby Apoptosis » Tue Jan 24, 2006 10:26 am

The ATI X1900 series WAS run on Beta drivers, but they were not the 5.13 drivers. They were the R580 Beta Drivers: 8-203-3-060104a-029 was the file name on the drivers.

Keep in mind when you are reading this that nVidia's answer to the X1900 Series will be next month!
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Postby NAiLs » Tue Jan 24, 2006 11:39 am

I've gotta say, that card is amazing. I wish it had more pixel pipelines to handle games down low like the 7800GTX could, but damn did it have amazing results at high resolution with high settings!! :shock: I can see ATI tossing this technology around with some enhancements, like more pixel pipelines, and bringing out a killer card to whatever NVidia comes out with.

Great review! It kinda brings back faith in ATI after they released that weak X1800 series card.
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Postby Dragon_Cooler » Tue Jan 24, 2006 3:03 pm

another is it just me...

but is anyone else getting kind of annoyed how they are realeasing new video cards every 6 months or so and its performance is just slightly better than its predisessor? Just makes ya feel bad for purchasing the one before the new one. There has to be a line drawn somewhere about this. anyone??
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Postby Apoptosis » Tue Jan 24, 2006 3:11 pm

6 months has been the product cycle for some time in the GPU industry, but i agree with you 100%. But think about the Dell's in the world though without new hardware coming out a couple times a year they wouldn't have marketing power like they do with constant products coming out to help lure consumers into spending more money... okay off my soap box.

Think about the ATI X1800 CrossFire! It came out December 20th and now on January 24th the ATI X1800 CrossFire comes out. That is simply amazing if you ask me. It doesn't seem like share holders care though because ATI stock (ATYT) is up nearly 4% for the day on news of the good performance numbers.
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Postby kenc51 » Tue Jan 24, 2006 3:11 pm

Dragon_Cooler wrote:another is it just me...

but is anyone else getting kind of annoyed how they are realeasing new video cards every 6 months or so and its performance is just slightly better than its predisessor? Just makes ya feel bad for purchasing the one before the new one. There has to be a line drawn somewhere about this. anyone??

I wouldn't blame ATI this time.......they were late releasing the X18** series....The 256mb GTX is out a while now.....the x18** series was supposed to be out then too.....
This time they are just getting a headstart on nV....AND the cards are available to buy this time......

Has anyone seen my GTX512?? :roll:

My gripe is how expensive they are getting...........
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Postby Apoptosis » Tue Jan 24, 2006 3:14 pm

Don't worry about the GTX512... The next generation nVidia cards are coming out in Feb according to sources at nVidia!
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Postby NAiLs » Tue Jan 24, 2006 6:04 pm

Ken, I totally agree on how expensive the cards are getting. It's absurd! I remember when the 9800 Pro came out and the MSRP was $400. Now that was a big chunk of change then, but now when you have the cards today coming out witha $650+ price tag, now that's a little out of hand! And with the SLI/Crossfire technology.. umm.. lower the price some please! :roll:
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Postby -mogwai » Tue Jan 24, 2006 9:37 pm

i think ati/nvidia would get more money if they dropped the price of their cards about $100 for each card. more people would buy them and yeild a higher net profit.

by the way, excellent review :), as always
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Postby infinitevalence » Wed Jan 25, 2006 8:12 am

I have to say these guys are getting out of hand with prices.... the most i will spend is $300 on a graphics card, and i would much rather spend $200. When i can get a X1900 card that will either unlock or overclock to XT speeds for $200-300 then i might buy one. Until that time I will just sit happy with my X800GTO2.
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Postby werewolfdaddy » Fri Feb 17, 2006 2:13 pm

The prices are ridiculous. How many $600+ priced video cards can they expect to sell? I wonder what their profit margin on each card is?
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