Before the dust
had much of a chance to settle from Scott's X1900XT review, Gigabyte had another
card in our hands. They wasted absolutely NO time getting this card to us. In
fact, the card was still in a pre-production phase and didn't come bundled in
its normal retail box. Instead, what we received was the card, only the card,
and nothing else.
product shot sent via email, we were given a sneak-peek to what the retail box
will look like. So, without any further ado; here is the Gigabyte:
GV-RX13P256DE-RH video card. It's a long model name,
but it can be broken down. It's a video card based on the ATI X1300
Pro chipset, that will fit very nicely in a budget oriented machine.
With the card now
available from most retailers for about $85,the whole bundle will include;
the standard driver disc, users manual, DVI to analog adapter, and an
external HDTV adapter cable.
rendition of the X1300 Pro has all the makings for a great video platform in
home-entertainment machines. The 4 Pixel pipelines and the 128-bit memory bus
may make this a card a little conservative for high impact gaming. However, with
the 256MB memory size running at 800Mhz riding on a 600Mhz core, there is plenty
of power in reserve for seamless full-screen video. Being cooled with a 2-slot
heat-pipe heatsink has it's pros and cons. Sure, you have to give up two slots
for cooling -- but the advantage is there are no annoying fans spinning at super
high speeds. Small fans spinning with high RPMs makes a very distinctive sound,
and with a home entertainment PC, the goal is to make the machine as quiet as