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    Exclamation First R520 benchmarks and Unofficial Review!

    See it here first gubbins... some nice benchies for you http://www.hardwareanalysis.com/content/article/1813.1/

    Average performance is same or lower than a 7800GTX, and they are going to be pricing it $100-$150 more than the 7800GTX!

    IMO ATI haven't stayed competetive this round... big dissappointment in my eyes...

    Check out the opening paragraph though... HA were annoyed with ATI bigtime.
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    oh dear if those are actually true.

    lol @ HL2 where the X850XTPE outperforms the X1800pro in every res, yes i know its like apples and pears but look how the 7800GT whacks the 6800Ultra.

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    Looks good. Beats the gtx in ATI strong games, gets whipped in NVidia strong games. Just a case of chosing based on what games/resolutions you play I guess. Starting price is similar to the NVidia starting price so that'll certainly go down quickly, especially if people don't jump at them straight away.

    And the expected 20-24pipe R580 in the wings, not to mention driver improvments.

    A win for the consumer basically.

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    ATI made so much noise about their R520, now the benchmark just seemed rather bland to be honest.. ATI should at least whip 7800GTs arse.. not share the same potty...

    580 or not, 7800Ultra will have to be out if Nvidia wants the reputation... BAD!... Who knows? The 32 pipe rumour might be with Nvidia instead? Wouldnt that be ironic? 32 PIPE 7800 ULTRA GTX...

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    no where near the 7800gtx, i feel bit dissapointed, also the price its going to be, why would you buy one, when 7800gtx is cheaper

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    Not only that... the 7800GTX was tested at stock when it is known they clock very well... the ATI with it's 600mhz clock isn't going to ave much leeway... despite 150-200mhz or so on the mem.
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    Damn, beat me to it here rich, never knew you posted here.

    Well, something that looks bad about this is that in SC:CT that is the only HDR and SM3 benchmark on test and the ATi cards dont perform very well at all in it. Of course I will wait and see some reviews from some better sources but so far its a big thumbs down from me on r520.

    Im willing to put good money down that the higher the resolution the more R520 gets stomped. I would bet that is one of the reasons for crossfire resolution limitation. AFter all its only 16 pipes and there is only so much 16 pipes can do with higher resolutions.

    This is the first time I have seen ATi loose HL2 to nVidia, look at the difference at 1600x1200. Its a shame the GT doesnt do better. Nvidia beating ATI on HL2 at high res with a card thats $150 cheaper.

    This is at 430/1200 gtx card which hardly any manufacture keeps to those clocks now. I wonder if you can unlock any of the pipes?
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    Dont think ill be upgrading from my 850XT anytime soon then
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    Quote Originally Posted by Agent
    Dont think ill be upgrading from my 850XT anytime soon then
    You should be good to go for another year until the unified shader cards of r600 and G80 come out that will have full support for WGF2.

    Unless of course you want to play some other games like HL2:LC and DOD:S in high quality HDR mode with aa?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mesce
    Damn, beat me to it here rich, never knew you posted here.
    Yup, didn't know you did either..

    Quote Originally Posted by Agent
    Dont think ill be upgrading from my 850XT anytime soon then
    Yeah, would be wise to hold onto it for a while yet unless you want to get a 7800GT when they come down in price... those things are smoking.
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    Looks like Nvidia may have pulled ahead a little this time then! I find as a consumer it's better just to be discerning, and go with whoever offers the best deal at the time. I've championed ATI for a while, but if Nvidia offer a more compelling product when I come to upgrade, then I'll buy one of their cards instead!

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    Well, decemote, I dont like to look at it like that. I like to see great products from both sides. Since the Nv30 (fx series) nVidia have pulled themselves together to bring an unmatched rivalry with ATi one of the most ferocious in the business. If ATi had brought out a card that had mopped the 7800gtx, then I would be happy because that means that tech is going forward, I see from these benchmarks that it is hampering the graphics card scene.

    It might not cause nVidia to retaliate with a faster card and after they got the ATi guy to nVidia they cancelled the 7800 ultra, maybe they knew this 3 week ago?
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    I'm not impressed at all with this. Pretty bad benchies and looks to be very bad vfm. ATI have anything to say??
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    Anyone remembered ATI Rage MAXX? Dual goodness of Rage 128 but rubbish of a graphic card... Kinda fits into X1800's place doesnt it? What I don't get is why X850XTPE with a lower clock is faster compared to X1800Pro... even on their own HL2 turf?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mesce
    Well, decemote, I dont like to look at it like that. I like to see great products from both sides. Since the Nv30 (fx series) nVidia have pulled themselves together to bring an unmatched rivalry with ATi one of the most ferocious in the business. If ATi had brought out a card that had mopped the 7800gtx, then I would be happy because that means that tech is going forward, I see from these benchmarks that it is hampering the graphics card scene.

    It might not cause nVidia to retaliate with a faster card and after they got the ATi guy to nVidia they cancelled the 7800 ultra, maybe they knew this 3 week ago?
    I agree with your sentiments, and I'm not exactly sure what you're disagreeing with! Both companies have been releasing great products, each trying to outdo the other as much as possible. It's competition breeding competition, and it can only be a good thing for the consumer really!

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    I think the half life 2 area is due to the intfancy of the drivers used. Once they grow some wings they tone that up a bit. However that said, it seems yet again Nvidia have a lead - while ATi have managed to tweak for the last 6 months, and gain substantial performance benifits when compared to 7800GTX SLi, they remain 6 months behind as the article suggests.

    For ATi's sake, I think crossfire should be left out of this round -similar to PCI-e and the Geforce PCX series. With the strength they have on singlular cards, they should push ahead with the R580.

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