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Connect3D ATI Radeon X1900 XT 256MB

£171 inc VAT

Manufacturer: ATI

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

ATI's mid-range graphics cards haven't always produced the goods, but this X1900 XT is a real sensation.

ATI's mid-range graphics cards haven't always produced the goods, but this X1900 XT is a real sensation. With performance that matches (and sometimes even surpasses) that of cards that cost an extra £30 to £40, this is an excellent deal.

Not that there's anything revolutionary about the technology: the X1900 XT isn't a brand-new card. It's simply that ATI has only just released a version with 256MB rather than 512MB of RAM.

The core and memory clock speeds are identical – although there are already a number of 512MB versions available that have been tweaked for extra performance. The 256bit memory interface is very nice considering the price tag, while you'd expect to pay £250 for 48 pixel shader processors.

In games testing, the X1900 XT destroys the likes of the GeForce 7600 GT, while not just competing with but occasionally moving ahead of the vastly more expensive GeForce 7900 GT and X1900 GT cards.

Connect3D ATI Radeon X1900 XT 256MB Expert Verdict »

ATI Radeon X1900 XT graphics processor
256MB GDDR3 RAM
core clock 625MHz
memory clock 725MHz (1,450MHz DDR effective)
manufacturing process 0.09 micron
48 pixel shader processors
256bit memory interface
PCI Express interface
DirectX 9.0
DVI
video-in/-out
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 9 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

The GeForce cards are still more convenient for anyone looking to create a dual-card PC at a later date. For almost everybody else, though, this is a superb card that defies its lowly price tag.


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