On July 24 2006 AMD announced it would acquire ATI for a sum of five point four billion dollars later that year HDI became part of AMD’s graphics product group ATI CEO Dave Orton became the executive vice president of the visual and media business that AMD until he later resigned in 2007.
In the days leading up to the ATI and AMD merger Dave Orton signed a master copy of a certificate of authenticity this certificate was later used to commemorate a pair of special edition Radeon cards that were the last of their kind these were known as a Radeon X 1950 XCX uber editions.
These special edition radians were sold in pairs and only 500 bundles were ever released these bundles shipped in an all black briefcase and what lurked inside was a pair of uber cards mousepad some stickers a VIP customer care cards a bunch of cables and a numbered certificate with Dave Orton’s signature printed on it.
The official release of this bundle was November 23rd at 2006 which was only 15 days after the launch of Nvidia’s DirectX 10 capable 1800 GTX and videos brand new flagship launched at a cost of 599 USD.
So you’re probably wondering what was the price of this uber bundle well it was 788 USD and that’s a tough pill to swallow considering how capable the 8800 GTX was and at the time to be fair this kit wasn’t intended to win any price to performance awards but geared more towards HCI faithfuls that couldn’t wait for our 600 to launch or would be video card collectors with all its attention to detail you’d expect these uber cards to perform amazingly.
Compared to their less uber counterparts right well not really clock speeds of the GPU only increased by 20 megahertz and memory increase only slightly to the tune of 50 megahertz these increases were certainly nothing earth-shattering as far as availability was concerned it.
It was rumored that Japan got an allocation of 20 of the uber edition bundles and the rest were split between North America and Europe now that we got a little bit of the history surrounding the cards and some of the differences compared to the base model.
Let’s talk about what we’re gonna be testing obviously we’re gonna test these special edition cards in a single card and crossfire configuration and admittedly I did have a fair amount of issues getting crossfire to work using Windows 7.
After a while of cursing and smashing a few keyboards I scrapped the windows 7 idea and proceeded to load windows XP 32-bit as for the test system well it’s completely overkill for the testing today.
I used a 35 70 overclocked to 4.5 gigahertz 16 gigabytes of ddr3 clock to 2400 megahertz and the rest is shown here obviously the vast majority of the RAM will not be used in the 32-bit version of Windows XP
It was never a limitation with the games that I tested with the test system rates ago I needed to find some additional contenders to line these bad boys up against so let’s quickly take a look at them.
Radeon X 1800 XT 512 megabyte version this was a TI’s first foray into the world of shader model 3.0 and back in the day this car performed very well and offered a bit more flexibility compared to invidious offerings at the time.
As for the second card well let’s just grab another one for some crossfire fun should be pretty interesting to see how well they stack up in these upcoming tests next up is the X 1900 X DX a card that changed the game when it came to raw pixel shading horsepower this card was a force to reckon with during the time and in fact it very rarely had to hold its own beer.
8800 GT X as the chart topper but the uber duo is hot on its heels now fortunately the uber cards frame times are much worse compared to invidious flagship but that’s pretty much expected from dual GPU solutions now we see a 62% gain going from a single eibar to 2 in crossfire
We also can see the X 1900 cards do you very well in this game with their brute force shader capability while the 7000 series and video cards fall flat on their faces let’s now take a look at a game from 2007 that convinced PC gamers they desperately needed an upgrade now
I didn’t go crazy with the settings on this one as I only chose 720p with the medium preset and then used the built-in benchmark now the uber cards in crossfire did well but they were still nearly 40% behind the 8800 GTX running the ubers in crossfire displayed a 40 percent performance jump over the single card.
The intel HD 4000 held its own against the Nvidia 7000 series of cards now speaking of the 7000 series as you can see well they they performed quite terribly in this game now most of this for performance can be attributed to the shader quality being set to medium.
But I’ll go more into detail on this a bit later in the video Devil May Cry 4 is the next game I selected here I cranked the settings up to high at 1080p and use no AAA I also use a standalone benchmark utility to get my numbers and the to uber cards kick some butt in his title as they were only 6% slower than
1800 GTX a frame times were obviously not great by comparisons but it’s still an impressive result comparing both uber cards to a single one we’re seeing almost 100% scaling which is extremely impressive looking at the 7950 GX 2.
We can see it gained some ground and beat the X 1900 series cards by about 15% or so the X 1800 XT and is 1700 GTX are nearly tied for the bottom position and the second to last game we’re testing is far cry 2.