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The first green ATI product
AMD today announced the release of its ATI Radeon X1650 XT graphics card targeted towards value markets. The AMD ATI Radeon X1650 XT features 24 pixel shaders with 8 pixel pipelines as previously reported. As with the Radeon X1950 Pro, the Radeon X1650 XT features internal CrossFire connectors for multi-GPU capabilities on AMD ATI CrossFire Xpress, Intel 975X and P965 based motherboards. AMD claims:
The ATI Radeon X1650 XT redefines value at this phenomenal level of performance and features,â€ said Rick Bergman, senior vice president and general manager, Graphics Products Group, AMD. â€œThis new product simplifies the CrossFire experience by using two identical ATI Radeon X1650 XT CrossFire branded cards. Gamers can expect strong performance, flexibility and upgradeability with this new card.
On the multimedia side of things the AMD ATI Radeon X1650 XT features AVIVO technology and HDCP compliance with integrated EEPROM and HDCP keys. The card is also fully compliant with Microsoftâ€™s upcoming Windows Vista with Aero glass interface as well.
Sapphire Technology is the first add-in board partner to announce a Radeon X1650 XT based graphics card. The Sapphire Radeon X1650 XT features a 575 MHz core clock coupled with 1350 MHz GDDR3 memory. Sapphire offers the Radeon X1650 XT in 256MB and 512MB variants, though both memory capacities are limited by a 128-bit memory interface. Rounding out the Sapphire package are dual dual-link DVI and a TV outputs.
AMD ATI Radeon X1650 XT based cards are expected to arrive on store shelves the week of November 13th, 2006 at a $149 price point. This places it against NVIDIAâ€™s GeForce 7600GT. The Radeon X1650 XT will only be available in PCI Express initially. AMD has no plans to release an AGP variant officially, though it wouldnâ€™t be surprising to see add-in board partners such as PowerColor release an AGP Radeon X1650 XT.