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The Best Gaming Graphics Cards for the Money: March 2007
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Best PCI-E Card For Under $100: Tie

Radeon X1650 PRO

Codename: R530
Process: 80 and 90 nm
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)

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

GeForce 7600 GS

Codename: G73
Process: 90 nm
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)

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 much higher that the GS pales in comparison. Nevertheless, the 7600 GS is a good performer in the sub-$100 segment vs. the X800 GTO and X1650 PRO.

Best PCI-E Card For ~$120: Tie

Radeon X1650 XT

Codename: RV560
Process: 80 nm
Pixel Shaders: 24
Vertex Shaders: 6
Texture Units: 8
ROPs: 8
Memory Bus: 128-bit
Core Speed MHz: 575
Memory Speed MHz: 675 (1350 effective)

The X1650 XT has recently come down in price and is a good competitor to the 7600 GT. Overall, performance is a bit faster than that of the 7600 GT, but they trade blows depending on the game. The bottom line is that for $120 you can get a really good gamer's card in this price segment.

GeForce 7600 GT

Codename: G73
Process: 90 nm
Pixel Shaders: 12
Vertex Shaders: 5
Texture Units: 12
ROPs: 8
Memory Bus: 128-bit
Core Speed MHz: 560
Memory Speed MHz: 700 (1400 effective)

The 7600 GT is an amazing card in this price range, sporting new SM 3.0 technology and very high clock speeds to deliver excellent performance. Its weakest feature is its 128-bit memory bus, but its high memory speeds offset that disadvantage and make it competitive with 256-bit cards like the X850 XT.

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