PowerColor HD 2600 Pro 512MB Video Card Reviewajmatson - October 4, 2007
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Pulling everything out you get to see what is included with the bundle. This is a pretty basic bundle that you see with most mid range graphics cards. Included is the card itself, a component video out adapter, a DVI to VGA adapter, the software CD, quick install guide, and an ad informing of free Steam games for buying and ATI based graphics card.
After removing the card from the protective anti-static bag you can get a feel for the detail of the card. The first thing you might notice is that there is not a PCI-e power connector on this card. That is because of the low power consumption of the HD 2600 cards. All of the needed power comes from the PCI-e slot. The card also has two DVI ports which support dual monitor setups for those of us who need the space.
I know what you are saying. "Wow look how small that heatsink and fan is." I thought the same thing. I was so used to these massive heatsinks from older cards like the X850 series, that I was floored and was thinking, "how can that keep this card cool?" Well it can. Even during testing the card did not go above 49 degrees Celsius.
Now that we have it all unpacked, let's install it and set it up for the tests.