In a war that has spanned over decades which has caused tension between the enthusiast and the noob, we all ask what's better; more memory or more speed. Palit continue to expand the "Super" and "Sonic" line up with each new release from AMD. The latest participants to the epic battle is the HD 2600 XT, coming standard with 256MB of GDDR3 memory Palit have taken it upon themselves to offer three models.
There's the standard model which we don't really care about, because everyone knows that standard is boring. We then have the Sonic which is an overclocked 256MB GDDR3 card, and in the other corner we have the Super which comes in at stock clocks but carries with it 512MB of GDDR3 memory.
With both cards at around the same price ($140 AUD to $160 AUD) there isn't much difference between the two, though the 512MB Super naturally comes in with the slightly higher price tag.
It's time to settle this battle once and for all as we pitch these two cards up against each other. No more shall we hear "But it has 512MB of memory so it's better!!" Personally I'm more of a quality over quantity guy and find myself recommending the overclocked model for people who don't want to overclock or just plain don't know how to, but I continue to be challenged for my decision. Fortunately I can admit defeat and if the 512MB card does indeed come out ahead, my stance on the situation will change. I would say if I was wrong I'd be happy to eat my hat but unfortunately I lost that in another bet.
Well let's move forward with sword (video card) in hand and have a look at the HD 2600 XT Super, this before we venture onto the battlefield and bring this war to an end.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [The Package]
- Page 3 [The Cards]
- Page 4 [Test System Setup and 3DMark05]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - 3DMark06]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - Half Life 2 (Lost Coast HDR)]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - Prey]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - F.E.A.R.]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - Company of Heroes]
- Page 10 [Temperature Tests]
- Page 11 [Power Consumption Tests]
- Page 12 [Final Thoughts]