02 - A closer look
||Radeon X600 - R380
||128 MB 128-bit GDDR
||2 Giga pixels /sec
||DVI-I / TV-Out / D-Sub
The Powercolor X600 features 128MB of GDDR RAM in 4 memory
modules from Hynix. Hynix is probably the best memory choice for graphics
cards. This will probably show up during the overclocking section of
|A close-up of the Hynix memory
However, with only a 128-bit memory bus, it seems the X600
won't be able to compete with the PCX 5900 from Nvidia, just as the 9600XT
keep up with the FX5900.
Even though the R380 chipset, on which the X600XT is built,
is a brand new chipset from ATI, not much has changed from the 9600's R360.
the memory clock speed increased from 300MHz to 370MHz and the X600 now supports
OpenGL 2.0 where the 9600 stopped at version 1.5. Everything else has remained
|The fan dressed up in its octapus
suit is the first thing we noticed when we first got the card in our
What is really impressive with the Powercolor X600XT is the
way it cools its core and memory. On the PCB, as you can see for yourself,
there are four silver-coloured heatsinks over the memory chips and
a fan over the processor unit. This way, the core is relieved of hot air
through the memory heatsinks and away from the card.
|The rear side of the X300 (click