Powercolor X1650 Pro Review
Published: 24th August 2006 | Source: Powercolor | Price: |
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:
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
SMARTSHADERTM HD Yes
SMOOTHVISIONTM HD Yes
HYPER ZTM HD Yes
VIDEOSHADERTM HD 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:
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.
Let's get the clothes off the chip
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.
Driver Catalyst Version 6.8 Software Bundle
Cables, Adapters & Other Accessories Manuals & Documents
HDTV Cable Quick-Installation Guide
DVI to VGA Adapter Yes Documentation in CD
S-Video to AV Adapter Yes Manual
I did not get the power adaptor through in my bundle, but this should be in the retail version.
The bundle is pretty decent and all the connecters are there that you would need to fully utilise the features on the card. Perhaps another DVI-VGA cable could have been included, but this defeats the object of the dual DVI in the first place in my opinion.
Powercolor have included CyberQuest software Suit with the card which is a great starter DVD set. Overall the package isn't too bad and as Powercolor usually price their cards very competitively, this makes the bundle look better.
The cooling on the X1650 does not look very substantial at all. With a smallish aluminium heatsink and a fairly large fan this solution looks inadequate. Unfortunately the temperature reading on the card in the drivers I have has not been enabled, so I was unable to get the temperatures.