Authour: Mark "Ratchet" Thorne
Date: January 30th, 2006
The one thing that could save the X1600XT from itself was a lower price. At its original price of $249 it just couldn't compete with the similarly priced GeForce 6800 GS, but at $169 it competes very nicely with the 6600 GT and offers attractive modern features such as Adaptive AA and High Quality texture filtering.
Dual Dual-Link DVI is also worth mentioning, especially with ultra-high resolution displays such as Dell’s 30” 2560x1600 3007FPW coming into the affordable range, and hardware assisted h.264 decoding could be the icing on the cake in 2006 with the ever increasing importance put on HD and the imminent explosion of HD-DVD and BluRay content. With its small size, low power requirements and aforementioned h.264 capability (part of ATI’s Avivo technology) It would certainly make an attractive card for use in a HTPC.
While I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it for an enthusiast gamer, HIS’ X1600XT IceQ Turbo gets the 3D job done and would make a decent upgrade for anyone confined to a less-than-$200 budget.
4 out of 5
The initially unimpressive X1600XT comes into it's own thanks to better driver support and a lower price. The IceQ cooler solves the remaining noise issues with the reference X1600XT, but it's too bad HIS took the turbo out of Turbo.
- Solid performer
- Cool and quiet
- Good manual overclocking
- Dual Link DVI
- Extremely disappointing "Turbo" mode
- Slightly outdated bundle
- Not the cheapest X1600XT you'll find
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