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SAPPHIRE 100166L Radeon X1650XT 256MB 128-Bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

  • 256MB 128-Bit GDDR3
  • PCI Express x16
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Christopher D.
  • 10/11/2007 6:51:00 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAn All-Around Awesome VGA.

Pros: 1.) It's pretty cheap for it's price range. 2.) I haven't found a game yet that won't run at max settings. So far that includes C&C Tiberium Wars, S.T.A.L.K.E.R., Company Of Heroes, Half Life 2, Resident Evil 4, WOW, and Bioshock. 3.) EXTREMELY easy overclocking. 'Nuff said.

Cons: 1.) I had to RMA my first one. It overheated my system, and burned up not only itself, but also my motherboard and PSU. Props to Newegg on their excellent customer service. 2.) Aftermarket cooling is an absolute MUST with this card. Once I got rid of that stock cooler, I went from an idle temp of 60(C) to an idle temp of 45(C), and from a full load temp of 85(C) to a full load temp of 65(C).

Other Thoughts: I don't know why Newegg's specs sheet says the memory is clocked at 1400MHz. My memory came clocked at 722MHz, and can easily be OC'd up to 796MHz via the Catalyst Control Center. Also the core came clocked at 621MHz and can be OC'd up to 688MHZ. Not really a lot of difference in the overclock, even at max settings. This card's fan settings can be played around with via the program ATITool.

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  • Valerie V.
  • 10/5/2007 7:17:11 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Card for DX9

Pros: Basically- It is an AWESOME card, especially when you have two of them crossfired. I have two and the Counter Strike SOurce Stress Test had an FPS of 212. Pretty sweet card for the money.

Cons: None except they're DX9, but if you dont have the money to go DX10 yet, got for this card.

Other Thoughts: Highly Recomended. Thats really all I have to say. They're already overclocked, run wicked when crossfired, external crossfire bridges make the cpu run faster because the crossfire doesnt go through the motherboard and slow everything down.

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/22/2007 12:28:32 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNot Bad but Not Great

Pros: Easy install, worked great on my old machine and my new machine.

Cons: Not a noticable performance difference from my PowerColor X800GT. Cost me about what I payed for the old one but bought for a new machine so not a big deal. Not for an extreme gamer.

Other Thoughts: Good affordable video card for my inexpensive gaming machine. E4400 2.0 Gig C2D, Asus P5GZ-MX Green Mobo, 2 Gigs (2x 1 Gig) of Super Talent 667 memory, WD 160 Gig Sata 3.0 HD and this VC in a cheap mini tower case with 1 80 mm fan and one pci fan.

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  • Omar R.
  • 9/19/2007 2:41:18 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsnot for a gamer!!!

Pros: For everyday tasks it is ok.

Cons: This card performs well in games, but it gets very hot and it freezes
in the middle of a game like BF2, and COD2 mid settings.

Other Thoughts: Get a third party cooler because this thing gets really hot, produce more heat than my brother's EVGA Geforce 8800gts 320mb.

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  • Brandon F.
  • 9/16/2007 10:59:44 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsAbove Average

Pros: Good price to performance ratio. Perfect card for light to heavy gamer without a large budget. Setup is easy, works flawless with both setups i have had it in, and will play the majority of games out on high to max settings*.

Cons: Runs a little hot, all though with decent airflow and any knowledge of how to efficiently put together a system you will have no problems.

Other Thoughts: * The video card is not the only hardware that determines ability to run games with the graphics settings maxed. This is not top of the line, but the price is well worth what you get. ( I play: Oblivion, F.E.A.R, and many other games and have had no issues with high to max settings). Recommended.

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  • anthony t.
  • 9/9/2007 8:38:35 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Able to tune it for every possible spec.

Cons: Very, very poor documentation.

Other Thoughts: May be something I've done wrong as this is only my second build but I would have expected better performance in day to day use.

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  • Lynette O.
  • 8/21/2007 5:47:34 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsRuns hot!

Pros: Decent price, solid enough to play Guild Wars and Battlefield 2 with mid to high settings, 256 megabytes of ram.

Cons: Runs way hot. Follow peoples advice, and make sure you have an excellent cooling setup with *plenty* of airflow. On 2 of our workstations, any 3d action results in a computer shutdown due to overheating.

Other Thoughts: My company bought 5 of these cards to push 24" & 30" LCD - which they handle with aplomb. The heatsink / fan does not have a tight fit over the GPU / RAM, which I assume may be part of the heat problem.

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  • Randolph H.
  • 8/20/2007 7:02:38 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks great with Vista - 5.9 performance

Pros: Fast, works and my games like it

Cons: runs a little hot but hasn't bothered me yet

Other Thoughts: download the latest ATI Drivers

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  • Betty H.
  • 8/6/2007 12:18:31 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsToo Hot

Pros: Great performance for the price. I could play Oblivion at almost max settings in 1280x1024 resolution. Supreme Commander runs at around 15-20 fps on medium settings.

Cons: It runs way too hot. I was getting 55C idle and up to 80C under load. Plus, it completely stopped working less than 2 months after I bought it.

Other Thoughts: If you are going to use this card, you had better have some good cooling.

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/5/2007 1:16:35 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCool

Pros: Great video card, So far I haven't had any issues with it, though I'm not the most heavy gamer in the world, and as such haven't tested any games yet (none graphically intensive at least).

Cons: None so far, some say it's hot, but I haven't had any issues, if I do I'll just buy a block to stick on it for my liquad cooling set.

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