I am purchasing a low cost computer for my brother. I have selected a MB with a PCIe 16x slot. Normally I would just buy a Nvidia card but I want him to experience both sides of the huge pond. Currently I am using a 7600GS, witch give me decent performance. I see in the sticky that the X1650XT is very similar in performance to the 7600GS.
I have to chose between the XT version and the PRO version. Which is better and why? FYI, both cards are 256MB and the XT is about $20 cheaper than the PRO. Am I assuming too much to think that the more expensive is the better one?
EDIT: Nevermind I figured it out for myself! Apparently the cheaper is better! The X1650XT is much better than the X1650PRO.
Number one; the X1650XT is better than the 7600GS and is marginally better than the 7600GT--its competitor.
Secondly, the XT is superior to the PRO version of the card. IIRC, the PRO is just an overclocked X1600 GPU core with GDDR2 memory. The X1650XT is a completely new core and is a nice performer.
Go with the X1650 XT! I've currently got one in my backup rig and it's a good performer.