updated 10:40 am EST, Mon October 30, 2006
ATI Radeon X1650 XT
ATI has launched a new mid-range videocard, the Radeon X1650 XT. Its feature set is similar to higher-end cards like the X1950 Pro, except that it has half the pixel-shader processors, and memory is limited to 256MB of GDDR3 versus 512MB of GDDR4. It also lacks DirectX 10 support, but the card does support Shader Model 3.0, so this may just be a software issue. Advantages to the card include CrossFire dual-GPU support, and a PCI Express x16 bus that also functions with AGP 8x, using an external bridge chip. The estimated MSRP of the card is $149.