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256mb Sapphire Ati Radeon X1600 Pro 8xagp

By Ollie30001
Sep 16, 2006
  1. Hi all,
    Hows the 256MB SAPPHIRE ATI RADEON X1600 PRO 8XAGP from this: http://www.planetmicro.co.uk/product_info.asp?stockcode=M006074
    wesite for gaming?

    I looking at playing games like doom3, far cry, F.E.A.R. counter strike source, half life 2 and well loads more. im looking for a decent graphics card that will last me a while but im pretty much limited on cash (under £100)

    also what are the chances of this running on a 250watt power supply?

    rest of my specs are:
    3.0g amd athlon 333fsb
    1024mb pc2700
    120g7200rpm HDD
    (not sure of the motherboard)
    (9600pro 256mb oc`ed from 400/400 to 425/425)
     
  2. Ollie30001

    Ollie30001 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 144

    Ah, forget about the 250watt power supply, i just found out i can get a 300watt psu for free. 300watt should supply the x1600pro 256mb with anuf power yes?
     
  3. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    The X1600PRO is a good midranger. To run it on a 250W PSU, it really needs to be a great quality one. Open your case, and check the PSU's label, and tell us how many amps it has on the +12V rail. It should say something like:

    +12V: 18A or something similar.

    However, keep in mind that a 250W PSU is a little weak to handle a X1600PRO. Maybe you'll need a quality 300-350W PSU, from respectable manufacturers, like Antec, FSP Group (Fortron), Enermax, OCZ, etc.

    EDIT: Just saw that you got a 300W PSU. Anyway, check the amps on that 300W PSU too :)
     
  4. wazza

    wazza TS Rookie Posts: 69

    have a look at http://www.overclockers.co.uk/

    It a great website.

    HIS ATI Radeon X1650 Pro ICEQ 512MB +/- 90 pounds
    Sapphire X1600 Pro 512MB DDR2 AVIVO TV-Out/DVI (AGP) +/- 80 pounds
     
  5. Ollie30001

    Ollie30001 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 144

    ill post the specs of the psu when i get it (tomorrow)

    also, how much more power does this card have over my 9600pro?

    like is it worth it? is the perfomance boost going to be ALOT better or just a tiny bit?

    sorry for the kinda dumb questions but im no expert on these things


    thanks

    ps, im sure i have more questions but they are not coming to me (ohhhh i love beer) ill post em when i can think of em
     
  6. Ollie30001

    Ollie30001 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 144

    ah, what do you think of the HIS ATI Radeon X1650 Pro ICEQ 512MB

    - Powered by ATI Radeon X1650Pro - 587MHz
    - 512MB-128bit 4 channel DDR2 memory - 800MHz
    - 12 Pixel shader processor
    - 5 Vertex shader processor
    - 8 Geometry Pipelines
    - Ultra-threaded SM 3.0 Engine
    - 256-bit Ring-bus
    - ATI Avivo?/li>
    - High Precision Architecture
    - AGP support via RIALTO

    over the x1600pro, worth the xtra 10-15 quid?
     
  7. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    If you can get the X1650, get it. It's better than the X1600PRO. Also, HIS cards have great cooling.

    It should boost performance a lot. But, maybe your CPU can hold it back a little, but I doubt it, since it has a PR of 3000+.
     
  8. Ollie30001

    Ollie30001 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 144

    allllll righty then, looks like im goin with the x1650 512mb version. from this site http://www.overclockers.co.uk/acatalog/ATI_AGP_Graphics_Cards.html
    thanks wazza for the link, good site.

    the fact it has good cooling too is a bonus (ill probably end up over clocking it at some point)

    also ill get back 2 morrow with the specs of my new 300watt power supply to see if its up to powering it.


    oh and i dont suppose any one can find me a review on this card can they? in google all i can seem to find are x1600 reviews.

    cheers.
     
  9. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

  10. Ollie30001

    Ollie30001 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 144


    Right then, hello agen.

    300watt power supply just got here

    it ses on the sticker (from what i can read):

    The make is an FSP Group INC Fortron/Source
    +12v=13.0A (yel)
    -12v=0.8A (blue)

    My old 250watt power supply:

    BESTEC

    +12v= 14A
    -12v= 0.8A
    +5=25A
    +vsb=2A Peak 2.5A
    +3.3v= 18A +5v and +3.3v= 165watt
    MAX +5v and 12v 218w max

    so which one should i use (if any)

    tho i cant really get me hands on another one just yet, so which one is best to keep in there when i get my new card till i can get a better power supply?

    thanks
     
  11. Ollie30001

    Ollie30001 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 144

    Does any one know?
     
  12. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    Umm... I don't know... That FSP Group PSU should be the best, but only has 13A. Are you sure it has only 13A? It may have dual 13A rails. Check if you can find on the sticker something like:

    +12V1: 13A
    +12V2: 13A

    I really hope it has dual 12V rails...
     
  13. Ollie30001

    Ollie30001 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 144

  14. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    Well, it doesn't appear to be FSP Group... It appears to be Aopen.

    I think that 13A is not enough for a X1650PRO :(
     
  15. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    Those have already come out? Wow, Where have I been?
     
  16. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    On the moon perhaps :haha:

    HERE is a X1650PRO, but it´s a little expensive on Newegg.
     
  17. Ollie30001

    Ollie30001 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 144

    Hey agen.

    I got mine from www.overclockers.co.uk for £115

    but if ur in america or somewere im not sure were they ship to other than england

    any way, im looking at buying this http://www.antec.com/uk/productDetails.php?ProdID=27431

    its got three 12v rails at 14.4A each i think (full specs are on the page somewere)

    So this should be able to easily run my x1650pro (and probably any major upgrades i have in the future hopefully?)


    Thanks
     
  18. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    Of course :) That PSU won't have any problems running your PC. You shouldn't have any PSU related problems in the future with it. That's peace of mind :)
     
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