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Sapphire HD 2900 XT Video Card



OverclockersClub has always strived to be different when it has come to benchmarking; our goal is to give realistic benchmarks that even the average user can achieve. We don't try to excite you with unrealistic resolutions or tons of synthetic benchmarks with extraordinarily high numbers. However, times are changing and LCD monitors are getting cheaper every day. With the introduction of widescreen monitors, higher resolutions are now possible even for those who have very tight budgets. So with that said, I am sad to say goodbye to the 800x600 resolution from past reviews and say hello to the wide screen resolution of 1680x1050. In addition, due to popular demand, OverclockersClub will be adding two synthetic benchmarks as well; the popular 3DMark06 by Futuremark and a newcomer to the benchmarking scene: RyderMark, by Candella Software. So without further adieu, let’s see what the Sapphire HD 2900 XT has to offer.


After speaking to Candella Software I was informed that RyderMark is not a synthetic benchmark it is actually a game created for benchmarking by Candella Software.

Testing Setup:

  • AMD 64 5400+ AM2 CPU
  • Abit AN9 32x
  • 2 GB Mushkin XP8500
  • Mushkin 650w PSU
  • Sapphire (ATI) HD 2900 XT  512mb
  • XFX (nVidia) 8800GTS 320mb
  • Windows XP Pro SP2
  • DirectX 9.0c
  • All Video Drivers are the most up to date at time of benchmarks.
  • BenQ FP222WH Monitor
  • Logitech MX 610 Left Handed Mouse


Gaming Benchmarks:

  • Far Cry: Hardware OC (Ubisoft Volcano)
  • F.E.A.R. (Performance test)
  • Call of Duty 2: Stalingrad (FRAPS)
  • Quake4: Hardware OC (Hardware OC v 1.5)
  • Need For Speed Most Wanted (FRAPS)
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator X
  • 3D Mark 06
  • Ryder Mark


Benchmark: Far Cry

Lets begin with Far Cry, an older game but still a popular benchmark. Our resolutions will be 1024x768, 1280x1024 and 1680x1050. These will also be the standard resolutions for all other benchmarks.


  • Maximum quality option, Direct3D renderer
  • Level: Volcano, demo: Volcano.tmd
  • Pixel shader: model 2.0b
  • Antialising: 4×
  • Anisotropic filtering: 8×
  • HDR: disabled
  • Geometry Instancing: disabled
  • Normal-maps compression: disabled





In comparison, the 8800 GTS did much better with our Far Cry benchmark than the 2900 XT. But in the past where other ATI GPU's have failed to show true color variations and even have missed quite a lot of detail, the video quality was crisp and better than that of the 8800.

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Graphics Board)
  3. Closer Look (Accessories & Software)
  4. Closer Look (ATI R600 GPU)
  5. Installation & Configuration
  6. Configuration (Catalyst Control Panel) & Specifications
  7. Testing & Benchmarks: Far Cry
  8. Benchmark: F.E.A.R.
  9. Benchmark: Call of Duty II
  10. Benchmark: Quake 4
  11. Benchmark: NFS Most Wanted
  12. Benchmark: Microsoft FSX
  13. Benchmark: 3D Mark 06
  14. Benchmark: Ryder Mark
  15. Sneak Peek: Sapphire HD 2900 XT Toxic
  16. Conclusion
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