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Sapphire Radeon X1650 Pro AGP

Sapphire Radeon X1300XT AGP
Budget and mid-range AGP products ready for Vista

Sapphire today announced two new AGP-based graphics cards. The newly announced graphics cards include the Radeon X1650 Pro AGP and X1300XT AGP. These new cards are similar to previously released Radeon X1600 Pro and X1600XT for PCI Express. Sapphire’s Radeon X1650 Pro AGP features 12 pixel shaders and a core clock of 590 MHz. Radeon X1650 Pro cards are equipped with 256MB of GDDR3 video memory connected via 128-bit memory bus. Memory is clocked at 690 MHz. Other notable features include dual-link DVI and TV-out.

The Radeon X1300XT arrives in two flavors equipped with 256MB of GDDR3 or 512MB of DDR2 video memory. Models equipped with 256MB of video memory are clocked at 500 MHz while 512MB models are clocked at 400 MHz. As with the Radeon X1650 Pro AGP, the X1300XT AGP has 12 pixel shaders as well. However, the Radeon X1300XT AGP has a lower core clock of 500 MHz. Features such as dual-link DVI and TV-out are available as well.

Availability and pricing is unknown at the moment, though expect the Radeon X1650 Pro AGP to be priced south of $150 while the Radeon X1300XT AGP should be priced south of $100.

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What's AGP?
By bob661 on 10/6/2006 3:01:17 PM , Rating: 1

RE: What's AGP?
By Pirks on 10/6/2006 3:07:02 PM , Rating: 2
it's a way to upgrade graphics card without paying $$$ for those stupid useless PCIe x1 slots on a new PCIe mobo

RE: What's AGP?
By Spivonious on 10/6/2006 3:49:10 PM , Rating: 3
Speaking of PCI-E x1, what can go in those slots? I've never seen any cards for sale that will.

RE: What's AGP?
By Pirks on 10/6/2006 4:41:35 PM , Rating: 2
ask bob661, he SURELY knows the answer, hehehe :))

speaking seriosly - yeah, there are no cards besides one or two overpriced NICs, but they MAY be available in SOME time in future, so as long as you keep the number of useless PCIe x1 slots to a minimum on your mobo and PCI slots to a maximum (currently it's just four but it's still better than puny THREE PCI slots on most of new PCIe mobos) you'll be alright... as long as you don't need precisely FIVE PCI slots - then you're #ucked, but! you can still pay additional $30-50 for a coolness factor (just like stupid ipod teens do ;) and get a PCIe x1 NIC which you can put instead of one of your PCI NICs which is sort of acceptable - and probably by next year's fall there will be more PCIe x1 cards so bying 4 PCI 2 PCIe x1 mobo is a compromise one has to make right now... unfortunately.

RE: What's AGP?
By DigitalFreak on 10/6/2006 5:30:54 PM , Rating: 2
There are also a number of USB & Firewire PCI-E 1x cards as well.

RE: What's AGP?
By Pirks on 10/6/2006 6:32:44 PM , Rating: 2
indeed there are. however, with this stuff being commonly included on the mobos these days I'd classify it as irrelevant, although technically you are right.

my arguments become obsolete not before cheap PCIe x1 NIC's and Creative X-Fi's will appear on my local store shelves. I'll give it another two years. after that PCIe mobos will 100% qualify for upgrade, but not right now... unless one wants to run GPU above single 7800GS and doesn't live in Europe where Gainward 7900GT AGP cards are available, and even with these cards it's tricky to justify their purchase - after all faster AND cheaper genuine 7900GT PCIe renders any AGP upgrade obsolete, given careful choice of a new PCIe mobo of course.

I guess I should update my statements from "PCIe x1 is absolutely useless" to "PCIe x1 is absolutely useless for _me_ right now but if _you_ have many PCIe x1 NICs and firewire/usb cards then, well, it's sorta different" :-)

RE: What's AGP?
By Wwhat on 10/7/2006 9:49:22 AM , Rating: 2
RE: What's AGP?
By glennpratt on 10/7/2006 2:34:31 PM , Rating: 2
There is also TV tuner cards, RAID controllers, Wireless cards... Vbox is making a Dual Tuner HDTV card that x1.

RE: What's AGP?
By LowRez on 10/7/2006 2:17:38 AM , Rating: 2
I have a theater 550 in on of my pci-e 1x

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