The Cards - GeCube X1650PRO
Since we again have the same four brands as our previous round up joining us we will continue in the same order. GeCube X1300XT performance was good but nothing outstanding. It was clearly not the fastest out of the pack but nor was it the slowest.
Unlike the X1300XT from GeCube, they have opted for a larger box this time around. Very similar to the other boxes we have seen from them except different information on the front with the card being the X1650PRO. The main thing we can notice is of course the 256MB of DDR-3 memory onboard, other standard features are across the bottom with one of the nicer features being the inclusion of a couple of Dual Link DVI connectors for people who are lucky enough to own two 30" LCD monitors that require the Dual Link connectivity.
The back of the box is of course very standard - we have an extended specifications list on the back, some information in regards to the ATI Catalyst software, awards and also a connectivity chart so you know what all the ports on the back of the card are capable of doing.
While the X1650PRO is more mid-range, they still have quite a small bundle on the inside with only a single DVI to VGA connector, component out cable and a S-Video/RCA cable so you can make use of the TV-Out functionally on offer from the GeCube X1650PRO.
The card itself is quite good looking with quite a high quality heatsink fan combination. What makes it better quality over other coolers is the inclusion of the copper fins, as opposed to standard aluminum. It's the little things that stand out which make one card better than another.
The back of the card doesn't show much but a whole lot of my finger prints over the metal clip that holds the heatsink in place. We have our normal array of stickers and circuitry that is pretty standard across the board.
Finally moving to the I/O side of things we have two Dual Link DVI ports and S-Video connector which makes use of the s-video, RCA and component cable included in the package. We can also see that the GeCube X1650PRO is only a single slot solution.
The GeCube X1650PRO is quite an aggressively clocked graphics card - we see a core clock speed of 650MHz and a memory clock speed of 1500MHz DDR.
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