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Radeon X1900-series roundup

Radeon X1900-series roundup Introduction

Let's have a bit of a get together...

At the end of last month, ATI announced the successor to the heavily delayed and eagerly anticipated Radeon X1800-series cards based on the R520 GPU. It was known internally as R580 and when it was announced, it was unveiled as the Radeon X1900-series. We reviewed the Radeon X1900XTX and Radeon X1900 CrossFire Edition card on launch day and thought it was pretty good. In fact, we thought it was so good that we felt it'd be good to have a bit of a get together with some of ATI's partner cards.

We also felt it'd be a good idea to give the All-In-Wonder X1900 a run through our real-world gaming test suite to see whether it's worth considering as a potential buying option. The sheer size of the bundle and connectivity options may not appeal to everyone, despite being pretty extensive if that's your cup of tea.

Radeon X1900-series roundup Introduction
We've got Radeon X1900XTX 512MB video cards from Club 3D, Connect3D and Sapphire, along with the Radeon X1900XT 512MB from PowerColor and ATI's All-In-Wonder X1900. The Radeon X1900XTX cards are all clocked at the reference clocks of 650/1550MHz, while PowerColor's Radeon X1900XT is clocked at 625/1450MHz and the All-In-Wonder comes clocked at 500/960MHz with only 256MB of memory.

We're sure that many of you are wondering whether the 25MHz difference in core speed, along with the 100MHz difference in memory speed make a fat lot of difference to your gaming experience. We're going to attempt to answer that important question for you today, so lets have a look at the contenders...