Sapphire X1650XT 256 PCI-E Graphics Card
Posted by: Mac on: 24.04.2007 01:00:00 [ Print | 0 comment(s) ]
Removing the glossy outer part of the box reveals a plain yet sturdy cardboard box. Not much else to see here so letís have a look inside. Opening the box reveals the Sapphire x1650xt packed in an antistatic bag and reasonably well protected by a single piece of foam and a couple of tabs of folded cardboard, one of which was ripped but no damage has been done to the x1650xt so the packaging has served it purpose.
Delving a bit deeper into the box we find the manual, various connectors, the mandatory case sticker and disks, a driver disk, a copy of power DVD and a game, The DaVinci Code. The connectors include a vga to dvi converter, an s-video to RGB lead, an s-video to phono adapter and a crossfire flexible bridge connector.
Letís have a closer look at the card its self.
First impressions are it is quite a nice looking card, the largish heat sink and fan sports the same figure as on the box and has a holographic Sapphire logo on the fan. It also looks as if it cools the memory as well as the GPU. The card is quite weighty too, no doubt due to the large copper heat sink.
Flipping the card over we can see the heat sink is attached by 4 screws so is nice and secure and shouldnít move and cause the GPU to over heat.
The Sapphire x1650xt sports 2 DVI connectors and an S-Video connector. Donít worry if your monitor doesnít support DVI as mentioned before the card comes supplied with a DVI to VGA adapter.
The heat sink on the Sapphire X1650XT appears to be a solid copper affair so hopefully should cool quite well as it also appears that it might have some kind of heat pipe built in too. I think its also worth mentioning that it doesnít have an external power connection so it would seem its quite a low power card, where current is required that is.
Ok enough of looking around the Sapphire X1650XT lets see how it performs.
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