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AMD bites back over Nvidian FUD

Radeon resolution wrangle settled with demo
Fri Nov 16 2007, 14:12

AT NVIDIA'S recent Editor's Day to promote its Geforce 8800GT, the firm claimed that rival AMD's Radeon 2900XT was incapable of HD playback at 2560x1600 resolution.

Nvidia even produced a slide trumpeting the difference and this had AMD seething.

Slide that caused Ed-Day ruckus

While Nvidia's own GeForce 8800GTX and 8800Ultra can't do full-screen in resolutions above 1920x1200, due to its single-key HDCP, this is not true of the ATI Radeon 2900XT - a chip that got beaten by the 8800 in almost every other test.

At AMD's Spider Launch event here in Warsaw AMD said several times that the 3850 and 3870 work flawlessly in 2560x1600.

And to prove it, AMD's tech guys - besides ton of 3850 and 3870 systems - also brought along a system based on an AMD Athlon 64 6400+ on a 580X chipset with two Radeon 2900XT boards running in Crossfire.

AMD Techie shows HDCP playback on HP's 30-inch display

The system ran a full-screen playback of BBC's excellent documentary Planet Earth in 2560x1600 resolution.

Were a little disappointed the techies had opted not to bring a long a system equipped with 8800GTX/Ultra graphics cards.

All, they said, in the spirit of political correctness. µ


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