I am new to these forums...I don't know why it's taken me so long to actually register but here I am!
I'm going to open with an opinion question to everyone. Here is my scenario in a nutshell: I currently have an ATI Radeon X1650 Pro 512MB PCI-E. I am fairly happy with it's performance.....when it's not dead. It is now dead. Option #1 is to send it to ATI and have it replaced (with the same one I am assuming). Option #2 is to exchange it (not through ATI) for a Radeon HD 2600 Pro 512MB PCI-E.
My question: is the HD 2600 Pro better than the X1650 Pro? I looked at the retail box for it and it doesn't look very geared for gaming...
The HD2600 pro is a better performer than the X1650 pro. How much better depends on a few things. Both these cards come with higher clocked GDDR3 memory and slower GDDR2 memory. A GDDR2 HD2600 pro would still beat a GDDR3 X1650 pro, but a GDDR3 HD2600 pro would crush a GDDR2 HD1650 pro.