* Check the following sampling of conclusions about the HD 2900 XT ($399 MSRP) from a few of the enthusiast sites, with links to their reviews below each quote. (While the HD 2900 XT is available as of today, the lower-end cards are paper launches only, with a July 1 street date.)
"As it stands right now the Radeon HD 2900 XT, in our opinion, is a flop."
"If ATI can lick the noise issue, we would recommend this card over all others in its price range, even despite the power requirements."
- Extreme Tech
"[AMD has] delivered a pretty good value in a $399 graphics card, so long as you're willing to overlook its higher power draw and noise output while you're gaming."
- The Tech Report
"AMD might not have retaken the performance crown but that does not mean that the GPU’s [sic] still are not impressive."
- Bjorn 3D
"Not the fastest video card in the market for sure, but definitely holds it's [sic] own at it's [sic] current price-point."
"Everybody was expecting and hoping for a product that would wipe the floor clean with NVIDIA's GeForce 8800 GTX/Ultra. That's just not the case. Performance wise the Radeon HD 2900 XT has a very hard time coming even close to these product [sic] in a lot of scenarios."
- Guru 3D
Source:AMD's Next-Gen GPU Is Here! (Or Is It?)