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DIAMOND Viper 2900XT1GPE Radeon HD 2900XT 1GB 512-bit GDDR4 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

  • 320 Stream Processors
  • 1GB 512-bit GDDR4
  • PCI Express x16
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 5 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 5 years


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  • Alexander F.
  • 8/17/2012 8:06:07 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExelent

Pros: Very powerful in those times, lasted until I upgraded and still is in good shape.

Cons: Overheats, needed 3rd party vga cooler

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/13/2008 9:07:17 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsFan Control

Pros: N/A

Cons: N/A

Other Thoughts: Just download atitool 0.27b4 (beta 4) and use the fan control under settings. At full speed it sounds like airliner is in your room (actuall itsounds more like a hair dryer). The temps will drop alot. This card has a great heatsink. At 100% fan speed the card went from 80C to 50C in 50 seconds in a room that was 70F.

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  • Wayne R.
  • 3/12/2008 8:06:01 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome Card

Pros: Personally, this is the best card I've ever bought. It will run pretty much anything you throw at it without a hitch, and although Crysis can still beat it down on High settings. (surprise surprise) I have yet to find anything else that can. If you have the cash to shell out for one, or forbid even two, of these cards I highly recommend it/them.

I'm almost certain that if you had a 3 GPU hookup with these, you could perform time travel [/sarcasm]

Cons: This thing runs HOT. I only have one, and although I live in a desert region, it's idle at 58 C and max's out at about 89 C

How it's even able to survive these temps are beyond me, but it does manage to keep on rendering under these conditions without a hitch. Also, you need a 1 Kilowatt PSU to Crossfire these puppies, and you might have to buy a new one anyways if your current one does not support the PCIe 8 and 6 pin connectors

Case in point, if your PC already runs hot you're going to have to take extra precautions in cooling this card. Definitely liquid cooling for the over-clocker.

Other Thoughts: A great card, but it makes me question whether or not it may have been better to buy three 3870's and crossfire those. Then again, I'm planning on buying a second one of these when the price goes down anyways so I guess it's better for the long run.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/9/2008 4:48:43 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsBest Card

Pros: This is probably the best card I have ever bought. don't let those tech heads fool you. I used to own nothing but NVIDIA froom my Voodoo 3 up to my 6800. People write reviews very biasedly and dont realize how many factors can affect game performance. People also compare it to the new 9600 and 3870 like the guy below but what he didnt realize is that this card isnt just for gaming it has twice as many features as those other cards.

Cons: The fans arent loud like some people say and I dont have a problem with heat even after overclocking them. The only thing I dont like about any of these top end cards is that they take up two slots. So you lose an extra PCI slot.

Other Thoughts: Remember dont be fooled by people with biased opinions. You wont see any difference between the Nvidia cards or the new 3870. You will only see a difference when you bench the computer. 5-10 frames per second isnt even visable unless you are running at 10 FPS but most games today run between 50-80 FPS

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  • Micheal F.
  • 2/17/2008 3:30:30 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsOverpriced

Pros: Still good single card support for high-end graphics applications utilizing directX 10 currently on the market -02/08- with the right system setup. High definition rendering support still makes for convincing detail, although with considerable framerate drop at higher settings.

Cons: Given the availability of superior GPUs for much cheaper prices (!!!) in comparison by both nVidia (8800 series) and ATI (3800 series), this card has completely lost its competitive edge in its $500 price range.

Other Thoughts: Many people, including myself, have experienced driver instability with the 8-pin and 6-pin power plugs connected. This is because ATI Overdrive (enabled in CCC) at default settings will overheat this card, causing it to lose stability and crash. Unless, presumably, a water-cooled block has been installed, this card becomes a major heat factory, which makes for a considerable loss of performance.

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  • Martin W.
  • 2/16/2008 7:48:28 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsbest card you'll ever buy

Pros: I have owned this card for almost a year now and haven't had a single complaint about it. Running COD4 at 1680x1050 resolution, 4x anti-aliasing(max COD4 allows), and 16x antisotropic, this card pulls through without a hitch. Many tests have even proven it to be better than many nVidia quadros out there for CAD applications. Purchase two, setup crossfire, and you will have gaming platform nVidia cannot touch. I have tested the waters for many years going back and forth between nVidia and ATI and I have always been surprised with the performace of ATI. They may not been well known for their performance, but I can guarantee this card will change your opinions about ATI

Cons: This card, because of its high clock speeds, does get very hot. ATI did their research and the stock cooler is wonderful for keeping this card running steady. As a precaution, however, I would make sure your system can maintain some cool temps to keep this beast comfortable.

Other Thoughts: Once again I was just astounded with the performace of this card. I would love to have two, but honestly I haven't needed it yet. Every new game that has come out I can bump the graphics settings to max and run a full resoltion at 1680x1050 and there isn't even a hint of lag.

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  • Scott B.
  • 2/14/2008 1:30:31 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsNice card but way over priced

Pros: I purchased the 2900pro version of this card a few months ago. The 2900pro is almost identical to the 2900xt except for having a different bios. Anyway the card ran pretty good, playing most games at max quality levels.

Cons: At current price this card is way overpriced for what you get. There are cards out now at 1/2 the price that are better such as the 8800GT and the HD3870. Heck, the 8800GTX, and the HD3870x2 are cheaper then this now.

Other Thoughts: A good card, but save your money and purchase a new better card such as the 8800GT, 8800GTS, or HD3870.

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  • Patrick G.
  • 1/4/2008 5:51:57 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood Crossfire pair

Pros: Not sure why, but these cards in a system with a Q6600@3.6Ghz outscore two 3870's in 3DMark06. Test #3 in particular, by 15 fps.

Cons: Expensive

Other Thoughts: Crysis auto detects to High when these in crossfire are combined with a Q6600@3.6Ghz. It also uses 1300MB of video memory at 1680x1050.

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  • Raymond R.
  • 1/3/2008 6:40:53 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

3 out of 5 eggs1GB memory not overkill

Pros: Great speeds, memory capacity that will not let you down.

Cons: Fan noise, heat, overpriced.

Other Thoughts: Many have remarked that "there is no game that needs 1GB of video RAM". This is not so. Many current games support mods & texture upgrades, and these can take you well over the 512 or even 768 mark. My Oblivion setup frequently uses 800MB+.

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  • Roxanne G.
  • 1/2/2008 12:25:49 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsLove These Cards

Pros: Very worth the money! I have 2 of these cards running in Crossfire on the ATI/Intel chipset board by DFI. Had no problems setting it up. With liquid cooling, I was able to overclock the primary card to maxed out settings without even going into the "orange" on the heat indicator.

Cons: Not really cons but possible drawbacks: cards run very hot and take up a lot of space.

Other Thoughts: With the whole Nvidia vs. ATI thing, basically just get what you like. In my opinion, video cards are like fine automobiles. Mercedes to me is just as good as BMW, but you buy which one you like better. ATI is not inferior to Nvidia and each brand has its advtanges/disadvantages over the other. Personally, I'm an ATI girl and find them more stable than Nvidia cards.

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