16 - Conclusion
We're still shocked about Powercolor's X300 overclocking abilities. Not only did we get to set the clocks at a very high level while maintaining stability, but the performance increased accordingly contrary to our expectations.
Always keeping in mind that the X300 is here to substitute the 9200 and 9600SE for the PCI-Express slot, we must admit it did a great job. Powercolor's X300 is not a port from any older card, its architecture is new and that shows on games like Far Cry and Doom 3. It's hard to believe that the future low-budget systems will be able to play Far Cry with little problems where even the Fx5900 had trouble rendering.
This card costs around US$130-140 which might be one of the priciest of
the budget market but it's still not a lot to spend given it's performance.
As for the software bundle, it's not too exciting but not too bad either. Hitman contracts might not be the game you were planning to buy but it's still better than any other mediocre game some other cards might give you or even nothing at all.
-Extreme overclocking potential
-Nice performance for its class
-Lower quality memory modules
Value for money: