ATI Radeon X1300XT performance was very positive when we looked at it in our budget Crossfire article and while I do try so hard to avoid the cheap cards, because most the time they are so boring and pulling a miserable average in all our games, that testing is so long and tedious. X1300XT is different and manages to offer some respectable numbers.
Out of the four cards we have with us today, they all have their pros and cons. HIS is a great little performer, it has a nice meaty cooler that cools well and is quiet. It also comes with a nice overclock out of the box. This does come at a cost though; it is more expensive and also takes up two slots. When you're buying cards in this area, cost is normally quite important.
Sapphire gave us a bit of a shock with performance being constantly the fastest and doesn't need two slots. The cooler is also quiet but not as fancy as what HIS offer. Also on offer is a full version copy of The Da Vinci Code to make the deal all the more sweeter. With that said though, you are paying for the game with Sapphire again normally carrying a slightly higher price tag.
PowerColor performance was a bit disappointing. We aren't too sure why PowerColor would opt to have quite a low core and memory speed on the card but we can clearly see that it has an impact on performance.
Finally we leave with the GeCube offering, performance shows it to be only slightly behind the HIS and Sapphire cards. The package is light but that is to be expected from these low-end cards and GeCube. Pricing wise it should also be one of the cheapest on the market.
The ATI Radeon X1300XT is a good graphics card but the only real problem with it is that we can't seem to find it anywhere for sale. It does make sense a bit as when we compared the performance of the 1650PRO to the DDR-3 X1300XT, performance while being consistently faster on the X1650PRO wasn't a huge amount. The price difference between both cards also seems to be quite low. All this amounts to people feeling it unnecessary to carry the X1300XT and simply push the X1650PRO as the low/mid range performance option from ATI.
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