It should run fine on DX9.
The P35 will out perform the 680i its a really good new chipset, i always found intel chipsets kind of weak compared to the competition but p35 looks good the new memory controller looks like it can actually compete with AMDs. DDR3 is a massive bandwidth increase it has high latencies but it can shift allot more data, and higher latencies are just one of the costs of faster memory and they arent all that high like DDR2 was when it first appeared, the nice thing about memory is that no matter how new or fancy it is its allways going to be used to its full potential its not like multi core CPUs where you have to wait for software memory just works and faster memory makes for faster performance. And DDR3 can run at ridiculous speeds at higher temps. The P35 should also have an extra generation of compatibility so it should work for whatever comes after these new chips the nforce6 most likely wont, and ddr3 compatibility is going to be nice to have once prices drop.
All the 2900 family is going to be 80nm from what ive read of the ATI press release with the 65nm reserved for the mid range cards, the 1Gb DDR4 version is going to be 80nm as well they should appear without much fanfare as soon as ATI has enough stock, we should also hear about the new DX10 laptop chips soon.
Its stupid to be impatient its not going anywhere and its not like there are allot of good new games out right now most of the good new ones aren't coming till the Autumn anyway, you pay a premium when things are new a couple of months later there is usually a better cheaper version or at least they are on a later production run with more bugs worked out.
I agree with warriorscot it'll run fine, they wouldn't release a patch that'd do otherwise this early into the DX10 game.
Problem is though I have been waiting since January to build. Now I just want something to play with as soon as exams are over since the computer i'm currently on no longer has gaming capabilities (can't play AOM on high detail).
The 1GB DDR4 version shouldn't have many advantages maybe slight in the lower resolutions, but of course more ram translates into better performance for higher resolutions and higher AA. I'll look around when I have time, but I'm sure I read that there will be a revision of the 2900XT cards in late summe/early fall. But it's also said that the GPU might be a redisign, which if the case isn't a revision. I believe it's code named R650. But I can't remember, I have been reading so much lately that everything is mushing together.
Right now the overclock potential isn't very high, I only see the Core2duo's going to 3.4GHz in reviews, but with updates this should change as it always does.
Some people are saying that current processors arn't able to utilize the extra bandwidth, but we'd need to see some reviews to see for sure if this is true. I might have been possible on 1066 FSB (never supported DDR3 I know) but with the 1333 FSB it might be the opposite, we'll never know till we begin to see benchmarks and reviews.
Yeah, I think I'm going with a gigabyte motherboard (they look like lego!), P35 chipset and the HD 2900XT mobo since all the P35 chipsets support crossfire, to be honest with improving relations between Intel and Nvidia I was expecting the complete opposite.
Edited by james_8970, 03 June 2007 - 02:45 PM.