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Sapphire HD 2600 XT Video Card

Price: $149.99 USD


"Be Prepared". Maybe you've heard this from your parents, friends, or co-workers. But I'm telling you to be prepared for DirectX 10. When those new games are released which utilize DirectX 10, you don't want to be left behind the pack. Understandably, you don't want to break the bank, so you'll probably be looking to get a mainstream card. If you're looking on the ATi side of video cards, the 2900 XT is probably on the expensive side for you. What about Sapphire's HD2600 XT video card? It sells for less than half of the 2900 XT, but still boasts DirectX 10 capability. Can this Sapphire HD2600 XT video card give you the performance you need at a price that keeps your wallet full? Let's dig in and find out!

Sapphire has been one of ATi's best partners for quite sometime now, producing some of the most high quality products available to consumers. The company continues to work hand-in-hand with ATi to produce innovative products at affordable prices to meet the needs of users in all sorts of different markets.


Closer Look:

The box that the HD2600 XT graphics card was shipped in was very eye catching, portraying an attractive woman suited up for a futuristic battle. The back of the box has some of the product highlights, as well as a list of what is included in inside the box in multiple languages.


Once you take the video card out of the box, you'll notice it is packaged in an anti-static bag which is a plus. The first thing I noticed was how nice the plastic cover over the fan looks. Take a look at the DVI out and Crossfire connectors. I also noticed how there was no power port on the video card, which was a suprise to me.



Included with the card is an instruction manual, driver CD, Crossfire bridge, DVI to D-Sub converters, DVI to HDMI converter and an HDTV breakout cable.

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Installation & Configuration
  3. Specifications & Features
  4. Testing & Benchmark: Far Cry
  5. Benchmark: F.E.A.R.
  6. Benchmark: Call of Duty 2
  7. Benchmark: Quake 4
  8. Benchmark: NFS: Most Wanted
  9. Benchmark: Microsoft FSX
  10. Benchmark: 3D Mark 06
  11. Benchmark: RyderMark
  12. Conclusion
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