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Another 80nm product joins the lineup

ATI previously released its 80nm RV570 Radeon X1950 Pro mid-range graphics card catered towards the $199 MSRP market. Joining the Radeon X1950 Pro will be a second 80nm product known as RV560.

The RV560 Radeon X1650XT is expected to launch next week with a core clock 575 MHz unlike the previously reported 450 MHz. It appears ATI is getting better yields than previously expected, although the Radeon X1650XT was originally expected for an end of August or beginning of September launch. Radeon X1650XT graphics cards will feature 256MB of GDDR3 clocked at 675 MHz on a 128-bit memory interface. The Radeon X1650XT is expected to have 24 pixel-shaders, 12 pipelines and 8 vertex shaders. Similar to the Radeon X1950 Pro, the X1650XT will also feature an internal connection for CrossFire.

There will be a variety of output configurations for Radeon X1650XT cards. These output configurations include dual dual-link DVI and S-Video, dual single-link DVI and S-Video and lastly dual-link DVI, VGA and S-Video. HDCP will be enabled on Radeon X1650XT graphics cards as well. It’s also theoretically possible to integrate an HDMI output, though that will be up to the graphics card manufacturers.

Radeon X1650XT is expected to launch next week with an MSRP of $149 to take on NVIDIA's 7600GT.

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X1650 > OC'ed X850 XT (past P.E. speeds) ?
By Warren21 on 10/23/2006 7:58:55 PM , Rating: 2
I want to refresh with a good DX9 card before DX10 goes mainstream (which will be maybe a year after G80/R600). I am hoping with it's high clocks, ring bus mem controller and 24 pixel shaders that this thing will outperform my current X850.

I cannot spend more than 250 maybe and it can't have a PCB any longer than a 79x0 GT/GS.. 24-pin ATX connector too close to PCI-e slot.

What do you think?

X850 XT:R480:16rPipes//16 shaders??//6 vertex//580*//1200*MHzDDR-256bit

X1650 XT:RV560:12rPipes//24 shaders//8 vertex//575//1350MHzDDR-128bit

RE: X1650 > OC'ed X850 XT (past P.E. speeds) ?
By FITCamaro on 10/23/2006 9:19:46 PM , Rating: 2
So get a X1950 Pro. Thats $200.

RE: X1650 > OC'ed X850 XT (past P.E. speeds) ?
By Brainonska511 on 10/23/2006 9:23:04 PM , Rating: 2
X1950Pro is $299 on Newegg. The X1900GT is $200 (or you can go with an X1800GTO for $40 less).

By Warren21 on 10/23/2006 11:04:41 PM , Rating: 2
I forgot to mention I'm Canadian.

1. We don't have newegg.

2. Pricing here is much worse (they jack the prices, don't follow conversion rates - X1950 Pro is $330+, no where near 200 US equivalent).

3. The X1900 PCB is too long. All X1800's and above use the same PCB, I mentionned no longer than a 79x0 GS/GT... they actually use a shorter PCB than both the 7800 GT/GTX, 7900 GTX/GX2, X1800's and X1900's... And they cost more than 250$ CDN..

I went to buy an X1800 XT 512 MB the week it was released, I had been waiting for that card.. the PCb was too long and hit the 24-pin ATX connector. The X850 is short. That's why I got it -- fastest card that would fit ATM.

By Jkm3141 on 10/24/2006 12:23:31 AM , Rating: 2
prices will drop, give it more than 2 days to drop. MSRP is 200

By Calin on 10/24/2006 8:06:35 AM , Rating: 2
X850 is older technology... I would tend to choose a newer card
(but for a budget gaming machine I have suggested a X800GTO - came at a very low price)

By Loc13 on 10/24/2006 9:26:19 AM , Rating: 2
i would suggest the x1900xt 256mb version if you can find it at the price range. I've seen it below $250 after rebate. :)

By phusg on 10/24/2006 11:21:24 AM , Rating: 2
You do get SM3.0 support, so hopefully you'll be able to kick out folding@home units lightning fast with it, see

Also you get HDMI/HDCP support and acceleration for HD video.

If it's just for gaming then I doubt it'll be much faster than your X850 XT/PE.

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