PowerColor HD 2600 Pro 512MB Video Card Reviewajmatson - October 4, 2007
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While you won't be playing the latest games at the highest resolutions, you will be able to run at fair settings for the casual gamer. I was impressed that the card did so well compared to the other two, since it was the slowest of the three. In the newer benchmarks it even surpassed the comparison cards during some of the settings. I was happy when it did so well in RyderMark. Games that had videos in them, like Need For Speed: Most Wanted, were crisp and clear, with no lagging. This card did exactly as it advertised with flying colors.
I would recommend this card to anyone that is looking for a media-type PC, or for the casual gamer, because of the AVIVO and the built in HDMI sound that is included in this card. I really liked that the card is DirectX 10 compatible with 512MB of video memory, because as the future games come out this card may really blow the current cards away. But for now, those of you that are hardcore graphics junkies, I would stay away, because it doesn't do as well as some other DirectX 9 cards in the same price range. This card is marketed at the mid range person looking for a good, inexpensive card to take care of business for them. If that is what you need, and want to see what the future has in store, you could not go wrong with the PowerColor HD2600 Pro. If not for the 128-Bit memory interface this card would have recieved a gold award.
- DX 10 Compatibility
- HDMI Audio onboard
- AVIVO HD Technology
- 2560x1600 max resolution
- Great for a Media PC
- Stays fairly cool under load
- Not the best card for gaming at high resolutions or detail
- 128-bit memory interface