Sapphire’s card uses higher clock speeds, an extra pump and a bigger fan which causes the total power draw to increase by about 10 Watts which isn’t that much. Hello drak3, I’m sorry but which review website are you looking at that states a single core graphics card beating the ATI X2 in half of the games? Hence, our trusty platform, consisting of an Intel Core 2 Duo E 2. Surprisingly, noise levels were low during gaming as well; it’s certainly wasn’t quiet, but it’s not bad either. PassMark Industry standard benchmark for overall graphics card performance Data courtesy Passmark.

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Since the memory chips on the back of the card are not cooled it is understandable that Sapphire did not go with 0. Granted, the Ultra is stupidly expensive, but then the X2 doesn’t beat it decisively enough across all of the benchmarks – it will need to be price competitive with the GTX to sell.

They’re either doing something really wrong, or their cheque from nVidia is due soon. Id be looking at that to tbh, if i was buying a dual card, id want it faster than a single card with some AA on as well. With the latest price drops you can almost get two aircooled HD X2s for the price of one X2 Atomic. Ian Marsh Gangster Joined: Fire Wizard Mobster Joined: In high quality mode that changes, with the X2 delivering 50 percent more performance than the alone, and the GT in SLI besting its single-card score by 57 percent.

The first test bracket gives indicative performance results for a midrange graphics card running at a resolution of x Beyond that, we simply use the included GPU test batch file.


Please don’t quote stuff from HardOCP. The Geforce Ultra is suprisingly fast even compared to the GTS it only has a memory bandwidth advantage – the GTS has more texture units and same number of shaders.

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Most if not all review sites are biased to one or the other i trust people who buy the cards more as they using their machines day in day out and play the games, you can soon get a idea from 2 or 3 people who got them in the forums what the cards are like.

Would be nice running one of these and an x in crossfire until i can afford a second x2. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case for us and for most enthusiasts either. This means that the core further from the fan could be getting a dose of warm air from the earlier core. All HQ tests are set to render in DirectX This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page.

Our World in Conflict and Crysis benchmarks results are now based on fully-patched retail versions instead of earlier demo releases. Both settings are set to override game preferences, and games are manually checked to ensure both settings are active. I don’t fastst canned benchmarks myself,i will wait until people on here test the card then i think how good or bad it is. Unfortunately the extra performance gained from the overclocks is not as big as one would expect, but still, it’s the fastest X2 card.

After all, it isn’t difficult to clock the GTX to Ultra speeds.

Two GPUs, one card: A review of the ATI Radeon HD X2 | Ars Technica

You must login or create an account to comment. Especially in the 24″ benchmarks! Oct 17, Posts: Jan 26, Posts: Jul 31, Posts: Test configuration and selection I’ve made some adjustments to the benchmark suite I used in our initial HD review.


The game is playable at high quality settings on all of the dual-GPU configurations we tested, but the GT maintains a significantly higher framerate in single-card mode than its HD counterpart.

The X2 and the XFire perform virtually identically—adding a second card, in this case, boosts average framerate by 54 percent.

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One reason to wait a bit with your purchase is that this month both AMD and NVIDIA will launch their new high-end products, which will certainly have very competitive performance and pricing. More than anything else, the performance of Crysis in DX10 mode with this late driver update shows the potential of the X2 card.

I appreciate what they’re trying to do, but their results look so skewed anyway. Hopefully, that will be remedied before the driver becomes part of the regular Catalyst monthly driver updates.

ATI seem to have made a huge gain with this one. That’s not a knock on UT3 —it is, in fact, a mark in the game’s favor—but there are other games out there that place more stress on a video card.