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VisionTek VTKX1300256PCI Radeon X1300 256MB 128-Bit GDDR2 PCI Video Card

  • 256MB 128-Bit GDDR2
  • PCI
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  • Salesh M.
  • 3/18/2014 12:05:00 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsWhen you need a PCI card, well, you need one.

Pros: Works great for most simple desktop stuff. Fits in one PCI slot without to much hassle.

Cons: FAN FAN FAN FAN FAN

Did I mention the FAN gives out way to fast on these cards.

Other Thoughts: VisionTEK has a great RMA procedure. Just keep your receipt.

Again, the fan on these even in dustless environments just give out. This is not just for this card. Almost all of these micro fans do the same thing. When it goes out of warranty, I suggest getting a BIG heat sink. Amazing how hot this thing gets.

BE CAREFUL with your CANED AIR! It will actually screw up the bearings. How? It happens by the air pushing the fan out of the simple sleeve bearings. This is what kills the fans in my opinion. Also, since the bearings are so small, not much lubricant can be applied to them. They also tend to be mounted on the hot side of the card, so through the heat cycles they just die.

If you get one of these cards, and you want to keep it in service for a long time, Pick a few replacement fans. That or get some new heat sinks. The stock fan is just good enough to cool it. When it goes out of warranty, get a new heat sink and fan on there.

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  • Clayton S.
  • 2/10/2008 10:34:28 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: I do not actually own this card, but have learned a good amount on its capabilities so figured I would write a review. The only pros I can find for this card is that it is the second best PCI interface video card on the market, with the best being the HIS X1550 which is basically this with a core clock of 550MHz and effective memory clock of 800MHz. Another plus to this thing is it can fit in any machine, granted it was made in the past 10 years. Also very good for its low profile and it does handle quite well with video playback.

Cons: The memory interface is listed as 128-bit when it is in fact only 64-bit, as VisionTek's website informs people. The price is the worst part about this card. It is one hundred bucks and the cheapest PCI Express x16 card Newegg currently has to offer (ironically enough a Radeon X1300) is only twenty dollars, and will be about 75% faster than this PCI version. Assuming that someone buying this has a dell (since they just love to exclude AGP and PCIe slots in their older models like the dimension 3000) one could sell their old motherboard, ram and processor in a bundle for about fifty bucks and get new processor, ram, motherboard and that twenty dollar X1300 and pay as much as they would have for this thing. With that said, Avoid this if you can.

Other Thoughts: I love people that put their tech level at "high" and say things like this card is great, and should get another one to crossfire. Kudos fats 02. VisionTek also sells an X1550 version of this card, but I would steer clear. Their website has no mention of core clock or memory clock, and the pictures and other specifications are exactly the same, which leads me to suspect that the only thing different is the name. I have asked their technical support what the core clock and memory clock was for their X1550, and have yet to hear an answer. Best thing to go for is the HIS X1550. At least they are up on their specifications.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/29/2008 8:52:28 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsworks

Pros: Immaculate packaging, shipped in ample foam padding in a large box.
Followed the short instructions included and had it installed and working in 15 minutes.
Much better than on-board video.

Cons: The installation disc includes a HUGE LOAD OF STUPID JUNK. Just select CUSTOM installation and UN-SELECT all the nonessential applications. (The necessary drivers are shaded and can't be un-selected.)

Other Thoughts: I got this card for online gaming. (Mainly EVE-online) This makes my wimpy little power supply work, but it brought my fps from 2-10 up to 20-30. I am sure I could get better performance if I knew how to adjust my system settings. If you are stuck with old PCI and need a functional video card, this one works.

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  • Mike B.
  • 1/26/2008 5:00:34 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAWESOME UPGRADE FOR PCI

Pros: Stuck this card in a Dell Dimension E310 with 2GB Buffalo RAM and I can blast BF2 no prob on med/high settings 800x600 which isn't bad at all, more than good enough for him! Only got the memory to OC to 283.5 MHz with AtiTool. Clock went a lot higher but I left it at 533.5 MHz since there aren't a lot of fans in the case.

Cons: Can't get the memory up too high on this Dell box, but no biggy, the 14 MHz that I did doesn't really make a difference anyway when you get down to it, so it's not really a con, still 5 eggs baby.

Other Thoughts: Super easy install, does work with these Dell machines no prob. Smooth and playable in BF2. Haven't tried any other games.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/26/2008 2:18:59 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs!Instruction's!

Pros: First of all this review is mainly for the dude that wrote the review saying this card is a malfunction product..

Cons: NONE.
People should read 'Instructions'
you dont put any card in untill you first 'Disable or Uninstall ure previous one'

Other Thoughts: Well all u have to do man"First before installing the card go to device manager and disable ure onboard gpu and then restart, load windows again and then power down and install the card".

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/12/2008 2:21:51 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsdont want problems dont buy this one

Pros: it looks like a awesome card on the outside that is until...

Cons: well lets see wouldnt take its own drivers nor the updated drivers on visiontek or ATIs site.i did however get it to take some older ati driver. but then when i would boot to windows would show windows loading but nothing after monitor would go on standby and then sometimes it would restart my pc by its self!

Other Thoughts: unless you like having hardware problems look for another card.

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  • rob m.
  • 1/9/2008 11:23:46 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs64 bit!!!

Pros: nice for pci

Cons: NOT 256 BIT it's 64 bit......

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  • Pierre N.
  • 1/4/2008 8:20:17 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood card for linux os

Pros: I checked ati's web site 1st for driver support on x1300 chipset, I needed a dual monitor capable card with driver support for 64bit linux, and this one fit the bill, had no problems installing it.

Cons: price.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/28/2007 11:04:13 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs<+>Best PCI Card Out<+>

Pros: Great buy for PCI!!
If you have a PCI slot --> go ahead and buy this card.

Cons: Just one question.... it said 500+MHz Memory and 450MHzVPU on the box right... but it said in the control panel "CoreClock 452MHz and MemoryClock 270MHz"?? Might just meen u have to overclock it not sure but it caught me by surprise.

Other Thoughts: I run 1.8~ AMD 3800+ 2x512 of Ram
with this card i eat source and thats what I wanted it for so... Good Deal. PS. The shine on the guns are Amazing. Big upgrade from my ATI S9250 which is directX 8 The X1300 is a directX9 so do the math.

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  • Alex S.
  • 12/25/2007 10:19:49 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsGood Card, not for Vista

Pros: PCI port, plus runs alot of games on very satisfying settings. With XP you can't go wrong if you only have pci slots. Can run halo near max settings and Doom 3 at very high settings. Oblivion has difficulty running on this card.

Cons: I installed this into a vista machine expecting it to boost the performance, but to my surprise it ran worst than integrated graphics *6150SE w/ 128mb dedicated 512mb shared*

Other Thoughts: do not get this if you have a pcie or agp port, there are better cards out there. and if you only have a pci port and are looking to upgrade to vista you may want to consider putting out the extra money to get a new motherboard and processor, or just go with a retail computer.

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