Company: ATI Technologies
Authour: Mark "Ratchet" Thorne
Date: October 30th, 2006
A couple weeks ago ATI again released another graphics card for budget minded folks, the Radeon X1950 Pro, this time with a brand new graphics core and some very welcome new features. The X1950 Pro was the first of ATI’s graphics cards to sport internal “native” Crossfire and, thanks to a very nice price-to-performance ratio, was also given a positive reception from the hacks and fanboys.
Released on the same day as the X1950 back in August, and thoroughly overlooked by everyone, were the Radeon X1650 Pro and the Radeon X1300 XT. These new mainstream parts were slotted into the sub $100 price range so it’s no surprise that they got passed over in favor of the $449 X1950 powerhouse and the $279 X1900 XT 256MB screamer. Further adding to the “meh” factor was that these cards weren’t really new at all; the X1650 Pro was simply a rebranded X1600 XT, and the X1300 XT a rebranded X1600 Pro. Things moved down, basically. There was nothing new, no one could be bothered.
ATI is still chugging along and adding further refinements to their lineup. Today they are announcing yet another new graphics card, another of the X1600-family, but this time one that moves performance and features forward. The X1650 XT, based on a new 80nm RV560 core that features native Crossfire support, has finally arrived and fills in the $149 price gap in ATI's lineup.
Technically speaking that’s seven new SKUs in just over two months. Not bad for a company that was supposed to have thrown in the towel.
Here’s what the updated lineup looks like:
|Market Segment||Product||MSRP ($US)|
|X1900 XT 256MB||$259|
|Mainstream||X1650 XT||$149||X1650 Pro||$99|
In this review we are checking out two of these new cards from ATI in both Crossfire and single card configurations.
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