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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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By Chadder007 on 10/6/2006 10:53:52 PM , Rating: 2
If they would come out with would be a VERY smart marketing move considering the large amount of users still with AGP.

By JeffDM on 10/8/2006 4:11:24 PM , Rating: 2
I was really surprised how quickly the graphics card makers tried to dump AGP. As opposed to hard drives where you still find PATA drives released the same day (or earlier), and SATA was a standard introduced in 2003. Eith PCIe, a standard two years newer than SATA, it didn't take them a year reducing AGP 8x to a bastard step-cousin. There are plenty of systems with CPUs powerful enough to handle more recent games, but it's the graphics power that holds them back.

By Pirks on 10/10/2006 2:30:37 PM , Rating: 2
the only reason they jumped onto PCIe was SLI. if SLI were _that_ fashionable buzz for some SLI SATA hard drives where SLIing them actually DOUBLES hdd speed - then all PATA hdds and dvds would've been dumped a LONG time ago, just like AGP is now. it's the money, if there's not much to be made from upgrade from LPT/COM ports to USB or getting rid of PS/2 or floppy or PATA DVD or whatever - nobody does anything then. but once there's SLI and BIG BUCKS written together - woohoo see the companies rebuild their production/design even faster than Apple did with PPC-Intel, gosh I wish they dumped COM/LPT _that_ fast!

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