Sub-Zero HD 2900XT destroys 3DMark 05 record
How'dya like them apples........:punk: now how about 3DMark06??
AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that enthusiast Marcus Hultin (alias Kinc) of NordicHardware.com used the ATI Radeon™ HD 2900 XT GPU to successfully set a new single card record in Futuremark 3DMarkŪ05, with a score of 30,092. Hultin's system was operating an ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT tuned to 1144 MHz engine clock and 999 MHz memory clock at a temperature below freezing. This leaves the previous top 3DMark 05 single card record of 29,686 in the dust.
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Is that going to be AMD/ATI's super secret to propel them back into the top spot????? (Their gear works well up in the arctic.... :) ).
Joking aside.... for the high end enthusiasts, getting around cold lock issues would be a bonus.... there are folks out there who would invest in high end refrig gear if it provided a big boost. (Not me for sure..... :) ).
What do you think a decent WC setup would do for them?
Everything aside- there's value in holding bench crown regardless of the means.
well apparently the 2900xt is succeptable to penryn-style current leakage which limits the stock speeds indirectly, so it was fully expected to be an excellent overclocker under extreme cooling conditions. Most people do play games, and 99% of the time, the system is pushed to it's fullest when gaming as most people don't generally run other applications that demand as much. I know that I gained very significant performance gains in gaming by overclocking my GPU (and it was really very easy)
The CoolIt Freezone has a version that includes a GPU heatsink...so if you're willing to pay $500. you can achieve some very low temps as long as you are aware of the condensation issues
However, I don't know if their heatsink is compatable with the 2900 and if its capable of cooling a 2900 for a great bench I would still rather use an 8800 and see what I could get from it lol
If I was in the market for a video card right now, I'd go for the 2900xt- just because it's more interesting to be on the fringe ;-)
Kinc is a world class bencher, congratulations is certainly warranted here. GJ Kinc!
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