ATI Radeon HD 2600
Released November, 2007
The Pros:Installation is fairly easy, just plug it in and install drivers as usual. Runs reliably for years of use. Handles multiple monitors gracefully, little to no slowdown.
The Cons:Native support for anything other than DVI-D is lacking. Older technology, can find faster video cards at a much lower price now. Draws a fair bit of power to run properly.
The ATI Radeon HD 2600 is a lower-end graphics card available in XT and Pro models. Supporting DirectX 10, it provides an upgrade from integrated graphics but won't enable top performance in more demanding games.
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Clocking in at 600 MHz, the HD 2600 Pro features 256 MB of DDR2 memory, while the XT jumps to 512MB GDDR3 with an 800MHz clock speed. ATI Avivo HD technology decodes HD video and 5.1 surround sound and provides support for HDMI output. The Radeon HD 2600 also features CrossFire multi-GPU technology for scaleable performance.
- 256/512 MB memory
- 600MHz (Pro) and 800MHz (XT) clock speeds
- 65nm fabrication
- 120 stream processing units
- DirectX 10
- PCI Express
- OpenGL 2.0
- Advanced anti-aliasing
- ATI Avivo HD
- HDMI output support
- CrossFire technology
User Reviews (2)
installation is fairly easy, just plug it in and install drivers as usual
runs reliably for years of use
handles multiple monitors gracefully, little to no slowdown
native support for anything other than DVI-D is lacking
older technology, can find faster video cards at a much lower price now
draws a fair bit of power to run properly
included software not always compatible with drivers already on the system
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