The boys in red are at it again sicking their new Radeon X1650 XT card on Nvidia's GeForce 7600 GT. Both cards are mid range graphics cards capable of getting you through all of today's games (though not always at the highest settings) and the X1650 XT is ATI's somewhat tardy reply to the dominating 7600 GT. The X1650 XT comes with 256MB of DDR3 memory, HDCP support, and is CrossFire-ready, ditching ATI's dongle approach for a less obtrusive bridge connection. AnandTech was at the playground as both cards duked it out and had this to report. . .

The X1650 XT is a capable card, standing tall against the 7600 GT, but unable to give the 7600 GT the death blow, instead it kept falling a few frames shy of knocking the 7600 GT out in their gaming benchmarks. As a result, they ultimately gave the nod to the 7600 GT, which unlike the X1650 XT is already out in stores. But if you're not in a rush, the X1650 XT looks like it's worth the wait, if you can hold off till November and find it with a $150 price tag.

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ATI X1650 XT [via AnandTech]