In some cases we are talking a lot more money for different brands. I was just wondering the difference and if it all matters. Most of these cards I have been checking on Newegg which seem to have the best prices at this time.
This is for an AGP slot and I'm upgrading from a 9600 to make this PC last a little while longer before turning it over to the kid.
I'm mostly going to play TF2. Probably not going to venture into newer games because depression will set in playing them on mediocre settings.
Don't want to spend to much but want a descent card. I'm buying some more rdram which is highly expensive, so I'm keeping these two upgrades at around $175.
I'm running a P4 2.4 with 512mb with a 250w PSU. I checked and the x1650 Pro runs at about the same as my last card that came with PC, around 35watts.
Two thoughts. First, more important than which brand is that you get one with GDDR3 memory and not GDDR2.
Second thought, doubtful the X1650 pro will run on a 250W power supply. What is the 12v rail rated for? It uses a little more power than the 7600GT and alot more than the 7600GS. From what I have seen it's closer to 45W for a GDDR3 X1650 pro. The 7600GS would be my choice if trying to scrape by on a wimpy PSU.
For comparison, my Sapphire X1650 pro AGP GDDR3 states 350W power supply (without specifying the 12v rail) and the HIS iceQ X1650XT states 450W power supply with 30 amp 12v.
Also if anything the AGP version should use a tad more power as the Rialto (pci-e to agp) bridge chip isn't 100% efficient. It may be a very minuscule amount (I am not sure) but clocked the same the AGP can't use less power anyway than the PCI-e.
The 7600GS and X1650 pro GDDR3 trade blows with each other. So it really depends on the game and chances are you will not find a comparison of them in the newest games. Based on the fact that the X1650XT is now pulling ahead of the 7600GT in some of these new titles, I tend to think the X1650 pro may do the same to the 7600GS. But honestly, they are pretty even cards overall. The X1650 pro's with slow 800MHZ GDDR2 will lose to the 7600GS the majority of the time. But the 7600GS is a cool running low power consuming card still capable of playing games. I have a passive cooled XFX 7600GS in this quiet system I am on right now.
priced the same, I would take the 7600GS over a GDDR2 X1650 pro, especially if the power supply is a concern. gateway and dell have pretty conservative ratings, so you may be just fine with either card. If not, it will crash/lockup in games. If it's a proprietary PSU ???? in your system, needign to swap the PSU would be a bigger issue. Anyway, I would go with the 7600GS if in your shoes.