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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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RE: Meh
By Discord on 10/6/2006 6:10:53 PM , Rating: 3
The 7600GT destroys the 7800GSs while being more cost and energy efficient. It's going to be about the best you can do on the AGP platform unless 7900GSs come out. Good luck on finding one though.

RE: Meh
By Pirks on 10/6/2006 6:40:57 PM , Rating: 2
your note about 7600GT _PCIe_ has no relation to our discussion of best _AGP_ cards

RE: Meh
By Discord on 10/6/2006 6:52:18 PM , Rating: 2
Im talkin 7600GT AGP and it is available (if you're lucky enough to pounce on it fast enough) in the US. Hopefully Newegg will receive another big shipment soon.

RE: Meh
By Pirks on 10/6/2006 7:13:28 PM , Rating: 2
oops, found it! you're right, it's not on newegg but probably could be purchased on ebay or something.

btw oveclocked 7800GS KO from eVGA kills 7600GT and $h1ts on its corpse easily ;) check out any benches on the net. good luck.

RE: Meh
By Discord on 10/6/2006 7:25:16 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah a max OCed 7800gs can defeat a max OCed 7600gt but it is very close. I can get my 7600GT to almost 610/1800 (much more comfortable running it at 600/1750 though). Considering it cost half the price of a 7800GS KO, I think I got the better deal. To each his own. They were on NewEgg BTW, it's where I got mine. Must not be expecting any soon.

RE: Meh
By Pirks on 10/6/2006 7:47:57 PM , Rating: 2
I guess this pricing structure is pretty outdated, since newegg sells BFG 7800GS AGP currently for $210 after MIR ( and froogle lists 7600GT AGP priced around $200... so if you get either of them and overclock yourself 7800GS will always stay slightly ahead for extra TEN BUCKS. reason is - you don't buy factory overclocked stuff and overclock yourself. THEN this "double the price" difference you mentioned automagically evaporates ;)

RE: Meh
By poohbear on 10/7/2006 12:54:51 PM , Rating: 2
which is a ripoff considering they're selling the 7900gto for ~$260?.:/

RE: Meh
By Pirks on 10/7/2006 2:29:34 PM , Rating: 2
c'mon, gto is so new, it's like 1 day old news - it changes everything again, but nobody knew about it before yesterday!

RE: Meh
By Discord on 10/9/2006 12:15:52 PM , Rating: 2
I was comparin to the KO edition you mentioned earlier which was around $330 while I purchased my 7600GT for $170. Yes you could purchase a BFG for $230 ((price changed again?)was 250 when I bought) and overclock to a very slight lead but there are so many other reasons to get the 7600. It's smaller, quieter, uses less juice and it smells better (Mmmmm, lemony fresh pine...). But like I said before, to each his own. It's all outdated now that there's a 7900 model for sale. Might have to return and upgrade me beloved 7600GT.

RE: Meh
By Pirks on 10/6/2006 7:16:15 PM , Rating: 2
and I'm talking about FASTEST AVAILABLE AGP CARD IN NORTH AMERICA - a very specific definition. this is NOT gainward and NOT 7600GT.

however if you say that performance per buck 7600GT is better which is VERY DIFFERENT from my definition above - I won't argue, you're probably right on that one.

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