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The Best Gaming Graphics Cards for the Money: March 2008
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Best AGP Card for Under $100

Radeon HD 2600 PRO
Codename RV630
Process 65 nm
Universal Shaders 128
Texture Units 8
ROPs 4
Memory Bus 128 bit
Core Speed MHz 600
Memory Speed MHz 500 (1000 effective)
DirectX / Shader Model DX 10 / SM 4.0

In this category we're recommending the low-priced Radeon 2600 PRO. This card is almost as fast as the older Geforce 7600, but can now be found for less than $100 on the aging AGP bus. At that price, it's a good buy.

Best AGP Card for ~$120

Radeon HD 2600 XT
Codename RV630
Process 65 nm
Universal Shaders 128
Texture Units 8
ROPs 4
Memory Bus 128 bit
Core Speed MHz 800
Memory Speed MHz 700 (1400 effective)
DirectX / Shader Model DX 10 / SM 4.0

The 2600 XT is relatively new to the AGP scene, but almost as cheap as its PCI-E cousin. This is a decently fast DirectX 10 card available for AGP, and surprisingly offers a great deal of performance at the $120 price point.

Be forewarned that it's been reported the official ATI drivers don't work with the AGP version of this card, but that the modified Omega drivers work fine.

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