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Just picked one up, was free. Plan on using it for HDTV and maybe even a Source game or two.

I'm fairly certain that it is better than integrated 4250 and more powerful than a 4350, but I would really love to know outright where it stands.

Input please!
    
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I will say it's fairly outdated, especially for it's price. Honestly, if your system has 6GB or more of ram and a decent CPU, on-board would actually perform equivalent if not better than a 2600XT in my opinion.

My 2 cents.

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I will say it's fairly outdated, especially for it's price. Honestly, if your system has 6GB or more of ram and a decent CPU, on-board would actually perform equivalent if not better than a 2600XT in my opinion.

My 2 cents.

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Are you for real?

I'm guessing you don't really know the answer, because I mentioned a few things in the OP; it was free, I'm almost sure it's better than integrated 4250 and possibly the 4350, but that I wasn't sure.

I'm also curious why you are sure it would require 6GB of RAM paired with a decent CPU to match or be better than a 2600XT, which is not what I have.

It's like, you didn't even read the OP?

Thanks anyways... ... I guess.
    
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i'm not to sure myself. if im looking at the right card..it has 256 vram and a 128 bit interface using ddr2. i think the 4250 would beat it. we could fire up heaven bench for giggles lol.
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i'm not to sure myself. if im looking at the right card..it has 256 vram and a 128 bit interface using ddr2. i think the 4250 would beat it. we could fire up heaven bench for giggles lol.
Well it is based on that version but it is a:

Visiontek ATI Radeon 2600 Pro 512MB PCI-E

So, I'm hoping it's better than integrated 4250, at least; as I'm looking to use this card *mainly* for an HTPC build. However, if it will rock out some Source games, that would be excellent as well.
    
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The 4250 would play back HD video better as it uses a newer type of video acceleration than the 2600, that said for source titles it will probably be a bit better.

A quick look of some 3dmark 06 benchies the 2600 is a bout 1/3 faster than the 4250
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I didn't really read it, was actually just attempting to bump your thread inconspicuously.

I still stand by 4250 integrated may be better for mild gaming. After the Radeon 3200 series, on-board chips became quite a bit better at handling games and as Bounty said, the drivers have made them much better at handling graphics processing as well.

As for the 6GB thing, I never said it was an absolute number. I was saying due to the fact integrated chips utilize system components, if you have a modern computer with a decent amount of RAM for the integrated chip to utilize, it performs quite well. I would say 6GB minimum to allow the integrated chips to use a good portion of it without slowing down your computer.

If it's free and you have it already, just try 'em both out. No better way to get an answer than through proof of concept.

You're welcome. I like bold words ... ... I guess.
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