Sapphire HD 2600Pro AGP ReviewFormer staff writer -
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The Sapphire HD 2600Pro is not a card that will break any benchmark records, nor will it allow you to crank up all the visual goodies. What it will do (and quite well) is allow a large segment of consumers the ability to stretch out the usefulness of their current systems. In today’s day, where you are overloaded with marketing and pushed into upgrading for no other reason than to have the latest greatest hardware, ATI has come to the rescue of the majority of users. The HD 2600Pro put up a good fight and with some tweaking, you can find a happy medium between image quality and performance. While we didn’t look at any DX10 games today, rest assured OCC will take a look at them very soon on this platform.
The Sapphire HD 2600Pro is a very good card and an excellent way for AGP users to stay current. Unfortunately, current certified drivers (i.e. Catalyst 7.9, 7.10) are unavailable. I spent three days searching high and low for current drivers to benchmark the HD 2600Pro with. There are certain partners that show 7.10's for the current AGP series, but they have not worked correctly. There have been users on forums swapping .inf files with older drivers into the current ones, but again that works to varying degrees. The only thing keeping this card from getting an Editors' Choice award is support from ATI with current drivers. There were AGP details in the beta 7.10 RC4 driver, but when the official 7.10's hit, there was no support for AGP. I know AGP is an EOL (End of Life) platform, but if there are going to be current gen cards released, then there should be current support for the hardware. Hopefully ATI is smart enough to realize that.
- DirectX 10 capable
- HDTV compatible
- Priced well
- Current drivers unavailable.