From the out side of the box we can see the windows that showed us the cards coolers. First glance shows us that the cards are practically identical from straight on. The thing is though when you come to look closer at the cards they are practically identical in every way.
The front of the cards shows us big IceQ coolers and prevents us from seeing much of the card. For the parts we can see, jumpers, headers, stickers and capacitors they are also in identical positions.
Turning over the cards finds identical layouts - it is obvious that the PCB used is exactly the same and the only difference is the GPU found underneath the heatsink fan. Four screws hold the heatsink in place and with only 256MB of DDR3 all the memory is located on the front of the card which leaves us with a rear that is pretty boring.
Both cards are in the top end sector of the X1300 and X1650 line up so with them both offer Dual DVI and TV-Out we again find the cards looking exactly the same.
Specifications of the Cards
Moving the specifications of the cards we also find them very close to each other, the main difference of course is the fact that one uses the X1300XT core and the other uses the X1650PRO core.
Apart from that we have 256MB of DDR3 memory clocked at 1.38GHz on the X1300XT and 1.4GHz on the X1650PRO. The bandwidth is provided with a 128-bit memory bus on both cards.
Core speeds are 587MHz and 625MHz with the earlier being the 1300XT and the latter being the 1650PRO. Both graphics cards sent to us from HIS are "TURBO" models which means with the included software you can automatically increase the clock speeds to a predetermined value. For all of our testing, we ran the cards at their overclocked "TURBO" speeds.
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