Just like the console wars, the graphics card wars can get really ugly, really fast ... and they're all about fast. NVIDIA's been trumpeting their GeForce 8800 (and now the more affordable 8-series cards
as well) as the only DirectX 10 cards available. While true, without any DirectX 10 games to exploit those new features, it's a particularly hollow victory. DailyTech
has gotten their delicate hands on a real life Radeon HD 2900 XT which they (of course) put in a head to head race to the death with NVIDIA's 640MB GeForce 8800 GTS. The blood-thirsty crowd screamed as the the newcomer proceeded to beat down the reigning champ -- the Radeon scored more eff-pee-esses in every single test they threw at it, including games like Call of Duty 2, Company of Heroes, F.E.A.R., Half Life 2: Episode 1
, and Oblivion
AMD is scheduled to release their DirectX 10 cards in mid-May in a range of models for every budget (except you, college students!). The ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT, tested here, has a suggested retailer price of $449.