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PowerColor X1300 Video Card Review

Former staff writer    -   July 11, 2006
Category: Video Cards
Price: $99 USD


Introduction
When looking for a new video card, there are a few things to take into consideration, budget and performance. And According to the specs, this card appears to be a combination of both. Powercolor being a well reputed video card company was kind enough to send over one of their X1300 128MB HM2 video cards for review. Powercolor has been a major manufacturer of video cards since their debut in 1999, bursting onto the market and securing a foothold in the industry. We will soon be seeing whether or not this x1300 HM2 will be able to hold its own against other entry level cards.

Closer Look
When receiving video cards I am always somewhat stunned by the artwork that is printed on the boxes, and Powercolor does not disappoint with this x1300. The box was literally screaming “look at me, look at me”. I noticed that there was a sticker I was not familiar with on the front of the package. That being the Hyper Memory 2 sticker, which upon further investigation proved to be a way for this card to ‘expand’ the amount of memory that it could use. Stock it is 64 Bit, 128Meg, but depending upon the amount of installed system memory, it will ‘expand’ by using some of your system memory to bring it up to a maximum of 512mb. Other than that small discrepancy from normal, the box was just that, a box.

 

Opening the box there was the card, drivers CD, instruction manual, as well a S-Video cable. Taking the card out of the Anti-Static bag I immediately noticed how small it was. I had not noticed before this point that it was a low profile card.

Checking out what kind of connection type this card uses, I saw that instead of dual DVI, it came equipped with a single DVI, as well as a VGA (D-Sub), as a lot of entry level cards are now opting for. One thing that I was surprised about seeing is how small the actual cooling was on this card. It came with a very small fan that reminded me of my 9600 Pro. Now that we have seen pretty much everything on the card, let’s plug it in and see how it performs.

 




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