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The Best Gaming Graphics Cards For The Money: October 2007
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Best AGP Card For Under $100: Tie

Radeon X1650 PRO (GDDR3)
Codename: R530
Process: 80 and 90nm
Pixel Shaders: 12
Vertex Shaders: 5
Texture Units: 4
ROPs: 4
Memory Bus: 128 bit
Core Speed MHz: 600
Memory Speed MHz: 700 (1400 effective)
DirectX / Shader Model DX 9.0c / SM 3.0

The X1650 PRO is a re-dressed X1600 XT with slightly higher clock speeds. Its very high-speed memory for this card category and efficient shaders help the X1650 PRO compare well to the 12-pipeline 7600 GS, beating it by a small margin in most benchmarks.

Just make sure you get the fast GDDR3 version, instead of the slower DDR2-equipped card!

GeForce 7600 GS
Codename: G73
Process: 90nm
Pixel Shaders: 12
Vertex Shaders: 5
Texture Units: 12
ROPs: 8
Memory Bus: 128 bit
Core Speed MHz: 400
Memory Speed MHz: 400 (800 effective)
DirectX / Shader Model DX 9.0c / SM 3.0

With identical features compared to its faster 7600 GT brethren, the 7600 GS lacks only the core and memory clock speeds-however, the GT's clock speeds are so high that the GS pales in comparison. Nevertheless, the 7600 GS is a good performer in this AGP segment.

Best AGP Card For ~$130: None

With the prices of the AGP 7600 GT and X1650 PRO reaching the $150 level, it's impossible to recommend these cards now that the much-stronger X1950 PRO for AGP can be found for as little as $160 online.

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