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Diamond Viper Radeon HD 2900XT 1GB Videocard Review

Diamond Viper Radeon HD 2900XT 1GB Videocard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The ATI Radeon HD 2900XT VPU core runs at 743 MHz while the 1GB of GDDR4 memory hums along at a very sweet 2 GHz! In pairs, the Diamond Viper Radeon HD 2900XT is ATI Crossfire compatible on supporting motherboards.
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External Mfg. Website: Diamond Aug 22 2007   Colin Sun  
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ATI/AMD CrossFire Redone

With the current generation of Radeon videocards, ATI has taken a fresh approach to the way CrossFire is implemented. As you've probably noticed, there are two 20 pin connectors on the top left hand corner of the videocard. These are similar in appearance to nVIDIA's SLI bridge connectors.

ATI/AMD has given up on the concept of Master and Slave videocards, and those cumbersome external connectors Crossfire used to involve. In the current and future generation of Crossfire compatible videocards, all parts are treated equally and are hooked up internally.


ATI employ two flexible flat-wire Kapton cables between each of the videocards' Crossfire connectors. Both bridge connectors must be used in order to take advantage of ATI's CrossFire technology.

To enable ATI CrossFire, the first step is to install two Radeon videocards with the same core and memory configuration (although it doesn't have to be the same brand). Each crossfire compatible videocard should comes with it's own flexible CrossFire bridge connector, and both must be connected. Once the hardware is installed, the next step is to boot up Windows and load the AMD Catalyst Control Center. In this software you enable CrossFire mode, then it's just one more reboot and you're all set for gaming glory.


The small tabs allow you to grasp and remove the ATI Crossfire connectors without much difficulty. Both bridge connectors must be used in order to enable CrossFire mode.

ATI/AMD CrossFire technology is not as pervasive as nVIDIA SLI, which is one of the reason why AMD is still going through teething problems with its CrossFire setups. Support overall is good, but with certain titles (Capcom's DX10 Lost Planet comes to mind), performance tanks when CrossFire is enabled. If that happens you'll have to patch the game itself or the Catalyst drivers. Depending on the game the patches or driver updates will be available from either AIT or the game developer itself.

For example, PCSTATS has to patch Lost Planet with a file from AMDs website before the game would run correctly under Crossfire. Since then the 7.8 Catalyst drivers have addressed the issue. There are still spotty issues with DirectX10 game titles like Call of Juarez and Lost Planet which can both experience AA problems. Half Life 2 and games based on that engine, occassionally suffer excessive fog.

Up next, a quick look at the Radeon HD2900XT core and then PCSTATS dives right into the overclocking!

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Contents of Article: Diamond Radeon HD 2900XT 1GB
 Pg 1.  Diamond Viper Radeon HD 2900XT 1GB Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  Massive Heatsink and Quiet Cooling System?
 Pg 3.  — ATI/AMD CrossFire Redone
 Pg 4.  The AMD Radeon HD 2900XT Core
 Pg 5.  Videocard Power Consumption Measurements
 Pg 6.  High Definition Playback Tests with AVIVO
 Pg 7.  Overclocking the Radeon HD 2900XT Videocard
 Pg 8.  Videocard Benchmarks: 3DMark05, 3DMark06
 Pg 9.  Videocard Benchmarks: FarCry
 Pg 10.  Videocard Benchmarks: Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
 Pg 11.  Videocard Benchmarks: Doom 3
 Pg 12.  Videocard Benchmarks: Quake 4
 Pg 13.  Videocard Benchmarks: FEAR
 Pg 14.  DX10 Videocard Benchmarks: Call of Juarez, Lost Planet
 Pg 15.  PCSTATS Maximum Videocard Overclocking Chart & Conclusions
 Pg 16.  Radeon HD 2900XT To Give nVidia a Real Challenge

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