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ATi’s 2000 series was announced to the media during the late
April to beginning of May period, at various locations throughout the world. I
attended the Press Briefing Day in Malaysia and caught sight of the much awaited
Radeon X2900XT in action. Not only was this high-end model introduced to us, the
lower-end series in the 2000 Family was also talked about. We took the Radeon HD X2900XT for a spin and a review here…

ATi’s 2000 series was announced to the media during the late
April to beginning of May period, at various locations throughout the world. I
attended the Press Briefing Day in Malaysia and caught sight of the much awaited
Radeon X2900XT in action. Not only was this high-end model introduced to us, the
lower-end series in the 2000 Family was also talked about.

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Briefing the press was Mr Vijay Sharma, Director of Product Marketing Graphics Product Group.

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Two demo Setups were employed during the Press Briefing, each
housing a Radeon X2900XT, both running AMD Processors. Notice the 680w Power
Supply used seen above.

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1 x PCIE 8pin Connector with 1 x PCIE 6pin Connector. The
card will run fine with 2 x PCIE 6 pin power connector as well.

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The speaker talked about the first of many in terms of
technology, for the R2000 series:

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The 65nm version of X2900XT was of course not available or
ready yet at the time, but this applied for the lower-end series of 2600, 2400
and 2300.

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We were first introduced the 3 segments of the market the HD 2900, 2600 and
2400 are gunning for. The speaker answered our queries regarding power consumption
of the above-mentioned cards – over 200w for X2900XT, around 45w for X2600 and
25-35w for X2400.

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Among some of the new features of the 2000 series include a
programmable Tessellation Unit. This feature enables the GPUs to apply image
enhancements when support is written in games such that game developers have a
much easier time doing up simpler graphics, and letting the GPU do the image
enhancements. This also supposedly saves on GPU Horsepower as you can see below.
You get 2.3x performance compared to a conventionally rendered scene.

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It’s definitely a great feature if it works as advertised,
but support on games is currently non-existent. When asked to name 3 games
coming out with this support, the speaker was unable to disclose details.