On the 21st of September it will launch three cards of the flagship variety sexily known as X700XT clocked at 500/1000 MHz the one that can score 8000 3Dmark03. Nvidia 6600GT can score close to 8000 in the same test and use the same clock speeds. So it's tight in this test, but I have to remind you that ATI's card should be $49 more expensive.
The X700PRO will use its 420MHz core and weird clocked 864MHz memory speeds but won't have any Nvidia counter part to compete against. It will score 7000 3Dmark03 and we have every reason to believe that the ATI's flagship clock speeds will fire cannons against Nvidia, which has not revealed its Geforce 6600GT scores. Yet. Yes, we believe that X700XT is a card rushed out to run at 500/1000MHz because of great 6600GT scores.
The X700 non XT and non PRO will work at 400/600 MHz and will still end up much faster then Nvidia's Geforce 6600 non GT clocked to a modest 300/500 MHz. Modest? Nvidia? The X700 non XT and non PRO - let's call it Standard - will come with $149 SRP (suggested retail price) as much as the Nvidia 6600 standard card costs. The big difference is that Nvidia cards score 4300 in 3Dmark03 while the ATI card will score as much as the 6000 due to its much faster memory and clock.
I expect that Nvidia will suddenly announce better yields or something and change its mind all of a sudden about its 6600 - for example by using a faster core and memory clock, as it don't stand any chance at all against the current X700 Standard card.
The mainstream PCI Express wars are heating up. µ
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