Sapphire Radeon HD 2600 XT 256MB GDDR3 video card review
Last week, we took a look at Sapphire's GDD4 Radeon HD 2600 XT graphics board - A part which, as per the rest of the Radeon HD 2000 series so far, impressed with its performance until anti-aliasing is enabled, at which point it falls some way short of its nearest competitor from NVIDIA, the GeForce 8600 GT.
However, that's actually only half of the story for the Radeon HD 2600 XT - In recent weeks, a GDDR3 variant of these boards has also been released. While the core architecture remains the same, these parts feature lower clocked GDDR3 memory compared to the faster GDDR4 modules on their big brother, and this change in RAM also allows for boards to be sold at a lower price point. What makes this state of affairs all the more interesting is that, at the price point in question, NVIDIA have no part to specifically match it in their line-up, leaving the GeForce 8500 GT as its nearest competitor.
Today, we investigate Sapphire's take on the Radeon HD 2600 XT GDDR3 - Does its lower memory clock hinder it, or its lower price point benefit it? Click the 'Next' button and start reading to find out. Go on, you know you want to.