When we last looked at the HD 2600 XT we were impressed but not over the moon about it, though with that said we expected it to get better and today with the newer 7.8 Catalyst drivers it's clear that performance was on the agenda for AMDs new mid-range cards.
When it comes to performance on the two cards you really couldn't say anything wrong about the HD 2600 XT, the HD 2400 XT on the other hand doesn't look as good. We understand that it's a more budget conscious card but it really is only suited for the very light gamer with a small monitor.
General build quality on both of the cards is relatively high, the only problem is that the cheaper HD 2400 XT does offer that cheaper feeling cooler which really brings the card down, the HD 2600 XT on the other hand feels great.
As far as features go both cards offer a similar setup, with the HD 2600 XT offering Dual Dual Link DVI, Crossfire and TV-Out and the HD 2400 XT offering a single Dual Link DVI and VGA port alongside its Crossfire and TV-Out connectors.
The extra few dollars you spend on the HD 2600 XT begins to really show when you start diving into the package, with little things like a copy of 3DMark06, Crossfire Connector and PowerDVD It clearly stands out from the HD 2400 XT offering. What's nice though is the inclusion of the DVI-to-HDMI connector. This is something that AMD is really trying to push with the mid-range HD series so it's good to see that Sapphire are including it in the bundle.
Availability is very good with a number of shops listing the product, if it's not in stock at the store the chances are it's only a day away from the local distributor so you shouldn't have any trouble walking into your favorite computer shop and asking for one of these cards.
With that said though, you really only want to be asking for the HD 2600 XT, the HD 2400 XT is an ok card, the HD 2600 XT doesn't come in that much more expensive and we would really recommend that people wait for their next pay cheque and go for the more expensive XT offering thanks to its ability to really wipe the floor of the competition.
Sapphire HD 2400 XT
Sapphire HD 2600 XT
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