A Closer look at the X1650
ATI have not gone all out and given their product line a total revamp. Instead they have done an SKU 'refresh'. This means essentially the same technology, but faster and usually smaller.
The X1650 is on an 80nm wafer and the theory is that it should run cooler than it's predecessor. This can only be a good thing as the X1600 was not a chip that got into the enthusiasts hearts for being easy to cool.
Lets check out the specs for the card:Technical Specification
Graphics Processor - VPU Specs Connectors
VPU RADEON® X1650
BUS-Type PCI-e x 16
Fabrication Process 80 nm
Pixel Shader Unit 12
Vertex Pipelines 5
Graphics Card Memory Technology
Graphic Memory 256
Graphic Memory Speed 1400MHz CrossFireTM Ready Yes
Graphic Memory Type DDR3 HDTV Yes
Graphic Memory-BIT 128 h.264 support Yes
RAMDAC 400 MHz DACs
Optimized for DirectX© 9.0c
Shader Model 3.0
With 12Pixel Shaders and 5 Vertex pipelines, this card should play pretty well.
Lets take a look:
Powercolor have certainly chosen an interesting cooler for the X1650. With quite a large size fan this should certainly be quieter than the X1600 cooler.
We can also see the ATI Rage Theatre chip on the left of the card. This enables ATI AVIVO technology on the X1650. AVIVO means better image quality and some nifty features such as on-GPU re-encoding. ATI include the AVIVO software free and it works very well on the X1XXX series.
The rear of the card does not sport any additional memory modules. This is a change from the X1600, which had some of it's memory on the rear. This leads me to believe that this card was designed with 256mb of memory in mind from the start. We can also see the retention screws for the heatsink.
Let's get the clothes off the chip
And for a size comparison:
Notably smaller than the core of the X1950, the X1650 is a compact core but still houses it's 12 and 5 pipelines.
The card has 4 RAM modules mounted around the core. Again on the right you can the the ATI rage theatre chip.
One big improvement over the X1600 Pro is the dual DVI output. S-Video is still included on the card as well: but dual DVI will certainly help those with lust for crisp clear monitor space.
Driver Catalyst Version 6.8 Software Bundle