Powercolor X1650 Pro Review

Introduction and Packaging


ATI have decided that it is time to do a refresh on a couple of their mid-high range GPU's. The X1950 and the X1650 are the result of this refresh. Based on the R530 chip and using an 80nm process, the X1650 runs at a sweet 600MHz core and 1400Mhz, the card has 256mb of GDDR3.

How does this card perform when we run it through our test suite? You'll have to read on to find out...


Powercolor are a company known for no-fuss products that have what you need and none of the extra's that a lot of people don't need. The retail packaging on our sample is a pretty cool silver colour with an 'avenging angel' grasping a sword. It's a shame Powercolor didn't stick to showing the card on the box as they have done in the past. This is always good for the buyer, in my opinion.


The rear of the box has a rather disappointing amount of blurb about ATI's AVIVO features. It would have been nice to see some meaty info on the card, but AVIVO is an attractive feature so I won't blame Powercolor for this.

X1650 pro

Opening up the package we see that Powercolor have got this card wrapped up nicely. I don't think any harm is going to come to the card.

x1650 inside box 1

And as you can see - everything is compartmentalised.

x1650 inside box 2

Now we've seen that the card is nicely packaged, lets take a closer look at the board...

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Most Recent Comments

24-08-2006, 15:32:15

As usual a good review kemp, it seems they will be in the competition range of the Nvidia 7600.Quote

24-08-2006, 15:34:19

Originally Posted by name='Hyper'
As usual a good review kemp, it seems they will be in the competition range of the Nvidia 7600.
And pretty cheap too Quote

24-08-2006, 15:38:50

Some very impressive in-game results there. Deffo a choice card for the budget caming build.Quote

24-08-2006, 16:04:50

very good review kemp! looks darn good for a mid range card.Quote

24-08-2006, 18:07:45

ATi still lacks in the midrange department. Both my old GTO and our new XFX 7600GT XXX beat that thing in 05 by at least 400 points. Regardless, a great review Kempez .Quote

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