In our Asus EAX1650XT benchmarking, we saw that in almost all tests, the Nvidia 7900GS card was much faster than the EAX1650XT card. While ATI presents the 1650XT as a replacement for the 7600GT series, the price places it in the same category as the 7900GS series. The Asus EAX1650XT supports CrossFire Technology, which is interesting for such a low-power card. We had the chance to trial the Crossfire edition and perform a series of tests with the latest driver pack (ATI Catalyst v7.2).
After many hours of testing our conclusion is simple. The Crossfire setup costs exactly the same as a 7900GS SLI combo, it makes more noise, offers no-overclocking possibilities and is not as powerful when compared with what a user can get from an Nvidia 7900GS SLI setup. Based on this, we really couldn't see why anyone would buy a 1650XT card, either single or Crossfire Edition.
One possible market for the 1650XT platform is MACs, since MAC OSX offer native support for ATI cards. Otherwise, we advise users to look for something faster, quieter and much better overclocking capabilities.
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