AMD launches the $249 Radeon HD 2900 Pro

After two of its partners broke the news prematurely, AMD has finally given the Radeon HD 2900 Pro an official introduction. The card is launching in 1GB and 512MB variants, which both feature 320 stream processors and a 512-bit memory bus. The 512MB model is clocked at 600MHz with 800MHz GDDR3 memory, and an AMD spokeswoman tells us the 1GB variant runs at 742MHz with 800MHz GDDR4 RAM.

For reference, AMD’s Radeon HD 2900 XT is clocked at 742MHz and has 512MB of 825MHz DDR3, with the same 320 stream processor count and 512-bit memory bus width. The Radeon HD 2900 XT 1GB, meanwhile, has 1GB of 1000MHz GDDR4 memory.

AMD says the new Radeon HD 2900 Pro 512MB is launching at $249, and that the 1GB flavor is rolling out at a pricier $299. Of course, even $299 is considerably cheaper than even the most affordable Radeon HD 2900 XT listed on our price search engine, which still costs $383.99.

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    • Entroper
    • 12 years ago

    It’s about time. There’s a massive gap in the middle of the price range for the DirectX 10 generation. I’m still looking for a good $200 card, though.

    • ihira
    • 12 years ago

    Review of 2900Pro at tweaktown.com…
    §[<http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/1189/1/page_1_introduction/index.html<]§

      • danny e.
      • 12 years ago

      something about that review doesnt smell right.

        • shank15217
        • 12 years ago

        care to explain?

          • Space Bags
          • 12 years ago

          The review smells a bit like key lime pie.

        • flip-mode
        • 12 years ago

        The drop in clocks had barely any effect on performance but a measurable affect on power consumption. That is interesting to say the least.

          • Krogoth
          • 12 years ago

          It could be perhaps that R600 has some architectural bottleneck that is somewhere within HD 2900Pro to HD 2900XT clock speeds.

    • droopy1592
    • 12 years ago

    Looks like a dyson

    • afg34
    • 12 years ago

    seems like a good deal

    • ToeBot
    • 12 years ago

    Doesn’t NVidia have a chip coming out soon, rumored to compete in this market space? Purportedly, with similar memory specs?

      • GeForce6200
      • 12 years ago

      Is the 8800GS what you’re thinking of?

        • ToeBot
        • 12 years ago

        G92 and/or G98.

    • swaaye
    • 12 years ago

    I’d like to know why it took them this long to bring out their SKU for the bum R600 chips. This could be another Radeon 9500-style release that will last just long enough for a new midrange chip and high end refresh to arrive. Quick, clear out all those slow, buggy, and hot R600 chips while they still can.

      • snowdog
      • 12 years ago

      Actually I read exactly that on another tech site. This is a limited release using chips that couldn’t pass muster at higher clocks. There will only be a limited number of copies.

    • bdwilcox
    • 12 years ago

    The more I think about it, the more a non-starter this thing is to me. I was hoping AMD or nVidia would release a TRUE mid-range card (better than x1950Pro in DX9 and acceptable performance in DX10) with a TRUE mid-range price ($150) but it seems this isn’t to be. The 8600GTS kinda-sorta fills that DX9 bill but falls short in DX10.

    I’m like a lot of people. I balance the cost of my card against the cost of my system. My system is mid-level (Gigabyte P31 mobo, Pentium E2180 overclocked, 2GB DDR-667, 120GB HD) and cost about 280 to build, so there is no way I’m going to stick a video card in it that costs as much as the system itself. Give me decent performance in the $150 range (like an x1950Pro does now for DX9) and I’ll buy it without blinking.

      • mboza
      • 12 years ago

      As almost all games are GPU limited at medium-high detail, your graphics card choice probably depends more on the monitor you want to drive than the cost of processor. So getting a 8800GTX could be worthwhile in terms of fps/$ if you had a 1920×1080 screen, regardless of what processor it was paired with, and would be utterly pointless for anyone still using 1024×768.

    • Jigar
    • 12 years ago

    Inshort this is XT is disguise… GDDR 4 @ 800 is yelling at you to overclock it further and do i need to tell you the OCing capabilities of 2900 Chip ??

    • Flying Fox
    • 12 years ago

    Don’t tell me that’s all that “dark side ad” is…

    • dalisam
    • 12 years ago

    I was wondering if the Pro and/or GTwill still have the same 6 and 8 pin power requirements.

    • bdwilcox
    • 12 years ago

    So, does it still need a nuclear reactor to power it?

      • Kaleid
      • 12 years ago

      That’s a very important question…

      • Thresher
      • 12 years ago

      It IS a nuclear reactor.

      • Furen
      • 12 years ago

      Probably not at default clocks, the reason why the R600 requires so much power is because of the insanely high default clocks, and this card has the clockspeed dialed back quite a bit. Of course, if you plan on buying one to overclock then expect to see 2900XT-range power requirements.

    • Vrock
    • 12 years ago

    With those specs, why would anyone buy the XT over the 1gb Pro?

    • Archer
    • 12 years ago

    Bargain! Now to see some 2900 GT benches.

    • Sargent Duck
    • 12 years ago

    So…..when do we see a review?

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