Crucial Radeon X600 Pro review
With just four pipelines, the Radeon X600 Pro variant is never going to match cards with eight or 12 pipelines. The price reflects the relatively poor performance, but £76 is still a lot of money for a card that frequently can’t even manage playable frame rates at a resolution of 1,024 x 768.
With our high-quality settings, 4x anti-aliasing and 8x anisotropic filtering, the Crucial could only muster 23.5fps in Half-Life 2, 18.3fps in Far Cry and just 11.1fps in Doom 3. Despite there being a sizable 256MB of DDR memory onboard, the X600 Pro GPU is simply not quick enough to benefit. There was little point in stepping up to 1,280 x 1,024, and sure enough all three games dropped below 15fps – this is a card best used at 1,024 x 768 with no AA or AF.
Features are basic, as you’d expect, with D-SUB, DVI and S-Video/component outputs, but no inputs to speak of. A HSF (heatsink/fan covers the GPU and was reasonably quiet, but it will still add noticeably to your PC’s fan hum.
The bundle is fairly sparce too. ATi drivers make up the only software in the box, while an S-Video-to-composite convertor poses as the accessory bundle.
Meanwhile, Leadtek’s GeForce 6600 card is similar in price, yet comes with a decent amount of software, an extra splitter cable and came far closer to making the three games playable at 1,024 x 768. If your budget is limited to £80, also consider Asus’ AX700-X card.