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jmke 24th January 2006 14:21

Official ATI X1900 series benchmarks are here!
MARKHAM, ON/ Munich, Germany – January 24, 2006 – Gamers and multimedia enthusiasts alike will be delighted by the launch and immediate availability of the Radeon® X1900 graphics processor from ATI (TSX: ATY, NASDAQ: ATYT). With the most advanced and complete set of features, PCI Express® add-in-cards based on the Radeon X1900 GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) will, without question, be the cards of choice for gamers looking for the best performance and for multimedia enthusiasts looking for a high-performance, high-quality digital media experience. The Radeon® X1900 XT and Radeon® X1900 XTX are must-have cards for gamers. They deliver the best performance, with three times the shader performance than the previous generation. The parallel architecture -- with 48 pixel shader processors -- generates rich, vibrant scenes, bringing games to life. Combined with the cards’ high clock frequencies, the architecture is capable of more than half a TeraFLOP of shader computations. In real-life gaming that can mean games run up to 60 percent faster on the Radeon X1900 XTX than the nearest competing product. -- click on COMMENTS to get an updated overview of reviews from the web --

jmke 24th January 2006 14:22

If you want the fastest performing video cards right now that provide the highest level of image quality in games, it doesn’t get any better than the Radeon X1900 XT and XTX. You get High Quality AF, Adaptive AA, HDR with AA, and very fast shader performance. If you have been waiting to play F.E.A.R. at very high quality settings, wait no longer, because the X1900 XT/XTX is the card for you.

ATI's decisions for the R580 chip that powers the X1900 have been interesting, to say the least, even a little bold in some ways. Even though we've looked at the X1900 fairly thoroughly in this article we've possibly yet to see it pay off fully. As shown by the pure pixel shader tests, but not fully realised by the games, this really is an architecture that has more to come, but only if games are going to going to go in the way that ATI are predicting, and quickly. For now, though, its clear that Radeon X1900 XTX offers a performance increase over X1800 XT in all situations, but it also has the price premium to match.

As far as the overall experience, the X1900 cards are a joy to use. The gaming performance cannot be matched by any other product and the cards ran flawlessly throughout our testing which says as much for the hardware as it does the software. It was also great to see that the X1900 delivered on video playback performance with some excellent CPU usage savings being experienced. Really we only have one issue with the X1900 series and that's the level of noise ATI's cooler makes in comparison to the 7800GTX. The ATI card is by no means unpleasant to use, it is however noticeably louder, especially in Crossfire mode so some rethinking would be appreciated on ATI's part for the next generation. There is of course the option for you to install a 3rd party cooler such as Artic Coolings new X2 should you be bothered by the stock cooler.

Yeah the X1900 XTX is a fine product and although it's roughly only up to five maybe ten percent faster than a GeForce 7800 GTX 512 MB in most scenarios you need to bare one thing in mind, when more complex or simply more shaders will be used in upcoming games, this card will have the advantage for sure. And that is definitely going to happen my friends.

Overall, we have to give kudos to ATI for starting off 2006 with a such a bang. The company's problems in 2005 were well documented, so we won't rehash them here. Instead, we'll congratulate ATI for launching the Radeon X1900 so quickly, and thank them for keeping the rivalry between them and NVIDIA alive. ATI fought hard, and seems to have wrestled the performance crown from NVIDIA this time around. NVIDIA surely isn't sitting idle though, and will certainly have an answer for the X1900 sometime soon, but for now ATI is riding high. It wasn't a blow-out by any means, but the X1900 is definitely a winner.

ATI's R580 architecture was built up to be the company's saving grace, and it turns out to have been correct. The X1900 XTX is the fastest GPU we have ever tested and is going to give NVIDIA some headaches until they can get their 90nm G70-based parts on the market with higher clocks and/or more pipes. The immediate availability of four X1900-based cards, the XTX, XT, CrossFire and All-in-Wonder, really shows that ATI has tweaked their 90nm technology and has things rolling in the right direction once again.

The Radeon X1900 XTX spots the GeForce 7800 GTX 512 advantages in both memory bandwidth and multitextured fill rate, yet the XTX still comes out on top in overall performance. It does so while consuming less power at idle and only a little bit more under load than the GTX 512. Even if we haven't tapped all of the R580's potential just yet, we've tapped enough to see that it's the best thing going right now

GeForce 7800 GTX 512 is generally bested in all modern games, and Radeon X1000-series products have enough significant image quality advantages to give X1900 XT the nod even if the performance difference was slight in either direction, comparatively speaking. We're seeing all the early XT boards come with the 1.1ns BJ11 DRAMs of the XTX, making the XTX a choice only for those with carefree finances. A new high-end GPU with everything going for it, perhaps bar the software to really show it off. Will it come in time, especially with D3D10/Vista games programming already under way at most major developers, is the question. Even if it doesn't fully realise its potential, it's a blindingly fast 3D graphics product with the best IQ possible.

Finally we can express a purchase recommendation for the Radeon-X1900-Serie problem-free, if the image quality and the performance stand completely above on the desire list. However a nerve that must be taken noise levels in purchase, why one should consider its priorities first. Who would like to less beautifully have it rather fast, quietly and more currentsaving, but however, commits with the purchase of a GeForce 7800 GTX 512 of nVidia no error.

Overall the X1900 results place it firmly in a strong performance position. Even our small subset of tests show the X1900 XT and 7800GTX 512MB vying for the top spot with neither being a clear winner across the board. In some cases we see that the X1900 is not much faster than the X1800, which could be due to the beta versione of the drivers, but it did perform good overall and offers a very strong alternative to NVIDIA's top of the line 7800GTX 512MB cards. Clearly ATI has a strong product offer in the X1900 XT, however we must note that the performance results we got were not as exciting as we had hoped, and we look forward to future improvements as the drivers mature.

With the X1900-series of cards ATI once again has taken back the top crown in the video card race. Usually a spring-refresh means minor enhancements and faster clockspeeds but going from 16 to 48 shader processing units is a big improvement which should ensure that these cards will be able to handle whatever the game-developers throw at the card for quite some time. Even a game like FEAR which is known to bring great machines to its knees runs well with these cards.

As a final note ATI is trying to fight back and take a larger market share away from NVIDIA. ATI has succeeded in creating the fastest graphics solution on the market. If your looking for the fastest cards on the market take a serious look at the X1900 XTX Crossfire Edition. Keep into consideration that at this point and time Crossfire is simply not an affordable solution for everyday consumers. ATI has to take into consideration that most consumers are still looking for the best value. The best value on the market today still lies in NVIDIA graphic solutions

After a full day of testing the ATI Radeon X1900XTX graphics cards at the Gigabyte offices here in Taiwan, we are pretty happy with the performance numbers we see from ATI’s newest GPU. In our benchmarks we saw increases from 13% all the way up to 84% over the previous generation X1800XT which is fairly impressive.

Xbit Labs:
In order to demonstrate serious advantage over the GeForce 7800 GTX 512, ATI had to increase its die size by 20% as well as push the clock-speeds up slightly compared to the Radeon X1800 XT. Given that the size of the R580 core is still smaller compared to the GeForce 7800 GTX 512, such an increase cannot be considered as the act of desperation from ATI. Hence, the cost to make the Radeon X1900 chips will not be too high. To put it short, ATI has recaptured performance leadership for now and graphics cards based on the Radeon X1900 XTX are the boards of choice at a rather excessive price-points of $649.

piotke 24th January 2006 14:49

Is it me, or doesn't that look impressive ?

Performance growth isn't that big so it seems.

jmke 24th January 2006 14:53

check Tech-Report for nice apples to apples, compared to X1800XT you can see large increases in FEAR, Battlefield2, HL2 with HDR, and I'm sure there are tons more games where you can see a nice increase in performance.

as always, with these high end cards, the large increases can only be seen when you stress the card to the maximum, high resolutions, high AF and AA settings.

Rutar 24th January 2006 15:55

hardocp WOULD really own for GPU reviews if they would use the same settings for all cards ><

they could still have their quality comparison but we need identical settings as well

The Senile Doctor 24th January 2006 15:57

I don't even like HDR, it's too much of a blur sometimes with all that overamplified light

jmke 24th January 2006 18:40

more reviews added, if you post one which isn't in the list please post a link here, thanks!

jmke 25th January 2006 18:10

X-Bit Labs added

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