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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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512 x1300?
By Hypernova on 10/6/2006 5:00:58 PM , Rating: 2
Any game that uses 512 would easily overwhelm such a weak GPU so what's the point?

RE: 512 x1300?
By Pirks on 10/6/2006 6:43:18 PM , Rating: 2
the point is just like in many other similar businesses - to make a profit capitalizing on human stupidity :))

RE: 512 x1300?
By AzureKevin on 10/6/2006 8:28:39 PM , Rating: 3
It's not "stupidity" so much as it is "ignorance". Many people aren't like us and don't have the time to read up and learn everything about computer hardware. Companies are smart to try to make a profit off of these people.

RE: 512 x1300?
By danrien on 10/6/2006 6:55:53 PM , Rating: 2
well, it will allow you to run like 2 monitors! and one windows desktop!!

RE: 512 x1300?
By Pirks on 10/6/2006 7:50:36 PM , Rating: 2
yeah, and where can one buy a GPU that does NOT allow one to run like two monitors, eh? :)) just a rhetorical question of course ;)

RE: 512 x1300?
By Wwhat on 10/7/2006 9:51:44 AM , Rating: 2
I imagine it would save the GPU that's already struggling from swapping out textures to regular RAM.
Frankly I think they should simply stop making DDR2 graphics cards, it's silly and embarrassing.

RE: 512 x1300?
By johnsonx on 10/7/2006 12:02:33 PM , Rating: 2
Keep in mind though that the X1300XT isn't actually an X1300 at all - it's a rebadged X1600Pro. I have an AGP X1600Pro myself, and it's not such a weak GPU. It pretty much runs anything I want to run at 1280x1024.

That said, I don't know about the value of 512Mb of RAM on such a card. I think though that games that use lots of large textures can make use of large amounts of GPU memory even if you're not running at the extreme resolutions w/AA that would cripple a mid-range GPU.

(I think I'd still rather have 25Mb of faster ram though!)

RE: 512 x1300?
By Wwhat on 10/7/2006 2:22:40 PM , Rating: 2
the 512MB version uses DDR2 RAM which is rather slow.

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