Asus 2600XT and 2600Pro - ATI mid range performance
Author: Matt Kemp
ATI have again failed to deliver a card that outperforms nVidia in the class that it is set for. Producing a top-end card that doesn't quite cut it is one thing, but when your mid-range doesn't stand up to the competition you've done something wrong.
When it all comes down to it mid-range is where the sales are and ATI have hurt themselves with this one. Asus have done some redeeming with the bundle and cooler, but not enough in my opinion to warrant you buying the cards.
With the price of the Pro around £60 @SCAN and a seeming lack of availability on the EAH2600XT (other brands priced at £70), ATI have entered the market at a low price. However, with the 8600GT's dropping close to that price I simply cannot recommend you go out and buy this card.
+ Nice quiet cooler
+ Good overclocking
* Nice looking
* Decent Bundle
- Bad gaming performance
- Awful 3DMark performance
- Brought to shame by the competition
Thanks to Asus for providing the review sample
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