Pros:Good 256mb card with shader3.0,crossfire,+ other frills
Cons:Its $170 is a little pricey for budget card seekers (unless you get decent rebates.
The Bottom Line: If you can get it for around $100 and you want an upgrade that doesn't cost $400, go for it.
I purchased the x1300 Pro at Circuit city during the $70 rebate period, so I only paid 99 bucks (105.99 to be techinical with tax). I currently have a Dell 8400 P4ht @ 3gHz with 1Gb of ram. The computer came with an ATI Radeon x300 128mb card(I'm assuming it would be the base SE model). The x300 runs Doom3 and Half-Life2 and Far Cry without complaining and I am do not take the quality way down on it. Doom3 was a little choppy at some parts on the x300 so I decide dthat I wanted to upgrade, but I couldnt bring myself to shell out for the x800 line, which seem sto be, according to all the reviews, THE ATI gaming card (aside from the new x1900 cards). So when I saw this card advertised I figured that it wouldn't be that bad, since I was going to put another 1GB of RAM in the machine, why not give it alittle more punch and maybe I can put off getting a new computer another 2 years.
Recommend this product?
Now I am not a hard core computer gamer, but I do like them to kick when I find one that I like and want to play over and over. I figure that Far Cry and half-life (especially with the high dynamic range coming and the use of shader 3.0 stuff), that this would be a good hold me over.
Why you ask do I not go for an nVidia card? The answer is more personal vendetta versus performance. I used to love 3dFx voodoo cards, before nVidia bought them out and made my stock in 3dFx worth less than toilet paper. So because nVidia screwed the 3Dfx shareholders out of everything, I refuse to use/buy thier products.
Now back to the point. The x1300 has a great comparision with my x300 card on the hardware secrets web site. They also throw some nVidia junk in there too for comparision. The link to the review is http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/254/1. After I read through the article, I was pretty much sold on the x1300 and I wasn't disappointed. It way outperforms the x300, but again it is not a card that specifically aimed at 3d gaming and true gamers would probably not favor it unless they are like me who wanted a better card but didn't want to shell out 300,400 or 500 bucks.
On a budgets this card will be plenty for graphic gaming and video editing. But if you have the money and are hard into graphic intense games, then I'd say go for the gusto and get an x800 line card, or if you REALLY MUST an Nvidia 6800 or 7800 line card.
Amount Paid (US$): 99.99