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ATI Graphics Buyer's Guide Spring 2006, Part 1

Sapphire Radeon X1600 Pro AGP

A much less expensive upgrade for systems using the AGP interface is also available in the shape of the Radeon X1600 Pro. Costing only $120, it offers 57 percent of the performance of the GeForce 7800 GS. Like its rival, it too comes as a one-slot solution. The cooler covers both the GPU and the memory modules and consists of a fan and aluminum cooling fins covered. Although the GPU runs at a rather high 500 MHz, this potential advantage is thwarted by the memory, which runs at a mere 810 MHz. The card is an ideal upgrade for ATI fans on a budget that are looking for support for PS 3.0 and HDR with anti-aliasing enabled.

The Sapphire Radeon X1600 Pro AGP sports a DVI, an analog VGA and a Video Out connector.