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PowerColor HD 2600 Pro 512MB Video Card Review

Price: $99.99


With today's games you need the right power to push those setting to the max. Newer games are becoming more and more realistic, so you need the right mix of components to make the game look and run smoothly. One such card that is tackling the new graphics technology including, DirectX 10, is the ATI based HD2600 Series. PowerColor has taken the basis of the HD2600 design and pumped it into a 512MB version aimed at gamers of the future, looking to stay ahead on the technology path.

PowerColor, established in 1997 but the Tul Corporation, boasts that their graphics cards "deliver every-last-drop of super-charged performance from ATI's most advanced visual processing units (VPU). Running a PowerColor graphics card, today's gamers are able to unleash the 3D graphics performance of their favorite game playing it the way it was meant to be played." They are marketing the HD2600 Pro 512MB version as having "Mesmerizing 3D Graphics for the True Gamer!"


Closer Look:

The PowerColor card comes in a well detailed box that tells right off of the bat that it is Vista Certified for those taking the DirectX 10 leap. It also shows you the version is a PRO 512MB 128-bit DDR2 Card. The front has the standard ATI looking motif and the back informs you of the card specifications, the shader architecture, DX10 information, and about the ATI Avivo HD Technology. 








The sides just emphasize the model, and that it is PCI-Express.


Now that we have your interest peaked, why don't we open up the box and see what is inside. Opening the box you can see how neatly packed away the items are. This is a plus with video cards, because they are a fragile and important piece of equipment. I think it tells a lot about a manufacturer when they take the extra steps to ensure that our purchases are perfect and protected.


Are you getting intrigued yet? I know I am, so let's get in there are pull this baby out.

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look Continued
  3. Installation & Configuration
  4. Specifications & Features
  5. Testing ( Setup and Benchmarking: Far Cry )
  6. Benchmarks: F.E.A.R.
  7. Benchmarks: Bioshock
  8. Benchmark:Call Of Duty II
  9. Benchmark: Quake 4
  10. Benchmark: Need For Speed Most Wanted
  11. Benchmark: 3Dmark06
  12. Benchmark: Rydermark
  13. Conclusion
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