The Bottom Line
- Good Performance For The Price
- Does Not Require High Wattage Power Supply
- CrossFire Support
- RoHS Complient
- Only Has One DVI Connector Versus Two
- Card Could Use Better Cooling Solution
- ATI Radeon X1650 Pro (RV530) Graphics Core
- 590MHz CPU Core Clock Speed
- 1.38GHz GDDR2 Memory Clock
- 16x PCI Express Graphics Interface
- Dual Link DVI-I and VGA Graphics Connectors
- TV/Component Output
- CrossFire Compatible
- Composite and S-Video Cables, Component Adapter and DVI to VGA Adapter
- Catalyst Video Driver Software
Guide Review - ATI Radeon X1650 Pro PCI Express
1/30/07 While video card graphics have consistently required additional power, the Radeon X1650 Pro does not require any addition external power connectors. All of the necessary power is provided through the PCI-Express. This is great news for those that may have an older PCI Express based computer system with a smaller power supply. The system only needs roughly a 350W power supply to sufficiently power the card.
One of the downsides to the Radeon X1650 Pro's mainstream design is the connectors. While ATI is applauded for providing a wide range of cables to using the video out connector, ATI fails to really keep the card cutting edge by using only a single DVI connector and instead using an older VGA connector for the second. There is little reason for them to do this since they provide a DVI to VGA adapter to use with the DVI output for those with older analog computer displays.
Testing of the Radeon X1650 Pro shows that is actually a quite capable graphics card. The best graphics performance tended to be in the 1280x1024 graphics resolution without any filtering, but on some games it was able to get up to 1680x1050 and still provide smooth frames rates. The large 512MB of graphics memory allows the card to use high resolution textures that do improve the visual appeal. The graphics core does lack the power to really allow the use of anti-aliasing or anisotropic filters however.
In the end, the Radeon X1650 Pro provides a good solution for those looking to either get their system Vista Premium capable for the new Aero interface or for those looking to get in a good 3D game without breaking the bank on a top of the line card.