Sapphire HD 2900 XT



The Sapphire HD 2900 XT is a nice card and the 2900 XT is, in my eyes, a good solid release from ATI/AMD. In our game tests the results were mixed with the ATI offering often beating the nVidia 8800's out of the door as regards FPS, especially in Oblivion. The HD2900 XT also showed it's colours in the Futuremark suite, scoring some nice numbers there.

However, one does wonder if it was enough to release a card that merely competed with nVidia's mid-high range cards. It's certainly left the market wide open, giving customers more choice, but has it given them motivation to buy an ATI branded product? I'm not so sure.

Looking at bundle and pricing, the card stands out here. With a great bundle for what you are paying it's sure to grab a few people's attention. The fantastic software on offer will tempt those looking for the complete bundle and at around £240ish (see recommended retailers below), you are getting decent value for money.

tekheads recommended retailer

Although the 2900 XT has failed to grasp ultra high end enthusiasts there's still something there for people who want a nice card for their money. If you can ignore the slightly whiney fan it's worth taking into consideration. That in mind, we're giving it an "OC3D Recommended" award.

Recommended Award


+ Good solid performance
+ Cool running card
+ Great looking
+ Excellent bundle
+ Decent overclocking


- Only competes where perhaps it should have dominated
- Slightly whiney cooler
- 1 x 8 PIN PCI-e cable needed for safe overclocking

Thanks to Sapphire for supplying the review sample

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Most Recent Comments

09-07-2007, 06:56:17

As always, nice review Kempez!Quote

09-07-2007, 07:04:16

wow, it kicked the 8800's ass at some things :O

in 3dmark it dominated

nice looking card Quote

09-07-2007, 07:45:41

Tis nice looking, not kind on the ears thoughQuote

09-07-2007, 07:47:23

Originally Posted by name='Kempez'
Tis nice looking, not kind on the ears though
I heard a crossfire setup of those. Man oh man hecka loud! If ATI sorted their size/power/noise issue, then I'd have definitely considered an HD2900XT.Quote

09-07-2007, 07:53:10

Not a fan on the sandwich heatsink. The 8800 Blocks are expensive enough, the 2900s are going too need even more copper = higher price again. Same goes for after-market air coolers.

But at the oblivion resultsQuote

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