ATI/Counter-Strike 2 Bundle?

Counter Strike 2 to be bundled with X800PRO-XT on the Inquirer (thanks Stoo) has more on their rumor of another ATI/Valve bundle deal, even as gamers with previous generation ATI cards wonder what video card they will be using when their Half-Life 2 bundle is eventually fulfilled. According to the report, this is a scenario that could possibly play itself out yet again: "For their side, ATI partners are not comfortable to go for one more bundle as there is still no game available. Summer could well mean the end of summer rather than the beginning and it will still take some time to finish Counter Strike 2. This might easily put ATI in a position where it has another card, the R480, before the piece of paper can be exchanged for the real thing."
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"Which boggles my mind because as many comparisons have stated the shader engine on the 6800u is far superior to that of the x800, offering not only shader 3.0 support but DX9c support AND virtually unlimited shader programing." -Fion

http://www.nordichardware.se/Recensioner/?page=13&skrivelse=223

And you make a later point about the performance difference; the games have to be coded specifically to take advantage of these features. In just about every review out there, they mention that nV has the 3.0 shaders while ATi doesn't, but the only real difference is a performance one, and even that may not be realized significantly or any time soon.

"FYI for those having problems with the ATI-HL2 bundle deal, many companies have opted out of it in spite of some legal issue. I think only cards made by ATI specificly support the deal now." -Fion

"So I may not be getting a confirmation number cuz my activation code is no longer valid?" -Ironman

It's true that some companies have stopped offering the coupons; however, if you recieved a coupon, it is and will be valid. If you're dropping a few hundred dollars for a video card that's supposed to last you at least a year and may last much longer, a freebie game that may last a month should be a minor concern. I'd be doubtful of the whole thing; while it's pretty widely assumed that CS2 is in production, there'd probably have been an announcement followed by a boatload of promotion, rather than one article with no confirmation from an already unreliable news source.

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