ATI Radeon R600

R600 The Card

ATI Radeon R600

Value and energy effeciency seems quite prominent in ATI's design & Marketing with the 2400 & 2600 cards, with them only requiring 25W & 45W respectively. As well as making a All-In-One solution for surround sound gaming & multimedia.ATI are well behind nVidia in terms of the release date, but the wait may be worthwhile.

There are a few physical differences with the card. Most noticably the addition of a 8-pin power header (you can use 2x6-pin connectors if your PSU does not have a new 8-pin connector). The cooler is quite similar to previous models with the heat exhaust style system, only with an added improvement of heatpipes. Another, not so prominent difference is that there actually seems to be 2 fan headers on the card.

The ATI Radeon™ HD 2900 unleashes the awesome power of DirectX® 10 for an immersive HD gaming experience

  • Powers today’s titles and introduces newtechnology for DirectX® 10 games
  • 320 unified stream processors
  • 512-bit memory
  • HDMI and 5.1 surround audio
  • CrossFire™ scalability
  • Delivers powerful graphics performance,improved stability, and an immersive HD gaming experience for Windows Vista™
  • Shader Model 4.0 Support
  • Up to 24x Custom Filter Anti-Aliasing (CFAA) for improved quality
  • Native CrossFire™ upgradeability makes it easy to scale up graphics performance
  • 700 million transistors

The 2900XT really looks a force to be reckoned with. I guess we will see in good time, stay tuned as I'm sure we will have more info available very soon.
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15-05-2007, 13:36:20

Well you have the Apogee (very soon we hope) so I would go for a Laing D5 (reliability and flow), though some would say different :D

As it's your GPU too you want a PA 120.3 for a RAD, but your case is tiny so perhaps you could fit a 120.2 to the back of your case

GPU = MCW60 - would fit most newer cards too so you have options

For the res I reckon those tube res look very cool and you may just be able to squeeze one in. If not then Alphacool do a sweet mini-res :)

Tubing is your choice but myself I prefer 1/2" :D

wowo just saw hams post - bargain of the week!

15-05-2007, 14:04:43

Just measured up and there is no way I could fit a 24mm in the top of my case, only other solutions are a 24mm on the back or a 36mm on the top.

15-05-2007, 14:59:00

Ok this is what I have come up with so far, I am planning on mounting a 240mm rad on the back of my case and having a 120mm rad my free cd bays.

So I would need the following:

Not sure on a pump yet and if I should have a reservoir.

Comments welcome.

15-05-2007, 15:01:30

I second the MCW60 for GPU, very good block.

Also I wouldn't bother w/cing the NB.

You'll need a reservoir, I like the XPSC ones which fit in the 5.25" drive bays, have a blue LED as well.

15-05-2007, 18:08:52

For a res i recomend the alphacool cape coolex 25, check my rig gallery for pics.
It looks nice and hold a fair bit of liquid and i have it mounted on the roof of my case. :D
Theres my input for what its worth. lol.

15-05-2007, 18:25:39

It looks like something that women would play with :eek:

I am just looking for something small to sit inside my case ;)

15-05-2007, 18:31:43

Micro rez?

15-05-2007, 21:38:03

Swiftech MCres micro :)
BTW Kempez, Laing reports that 4.3% of DDCs are breaking. 4.3 is high statistically but chances are, if you buy a DDC you will be fine. D5s break as well, just a week ago on XS someone's D5 broke :) and the majority of people there use DDC. The only pumps I would call reliable are iwaki and panworld, and even then, they still have a chance of breaking. IanY, a crazy guy on XS, says "don't trust the pump" and sticks like 7 pumps into his computer...
Oh and try to get a thermochill if you can, they're most effective. A thermochill PA120.2 keeps water temps at almost the same temps as an MCR320 or Coolrad 32t, BUT has almost 1/2 the restriction. And of course, PA120.3 mops the floor.

15-05-2007, 21:45:23

GoldenTiger is what I'm looking at personally, I'm using an X-Qpack which is a small-form-factor... I modded it to use normal ATX boards, so while space is tight, I think I can fit it mostly inside :eek:, I think it's about as small as you'll get for a well-performing kit.

16-05-2007, 19:32:23

serialk11r is what I'm looking at personally, I'm using an X-Qpack which is a small-form-factor... I modded it to use normal ATX boards, so while space is tight, I think I can fit it mostly inside :eek:, I think it's about as small as you'll get for a well-performing kit.

That will not bring you good performance no matter how much you wish it will or how much you want to think it will. The radiator is simply too small.

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