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PowerColor 26PRO512M AGP Radeon HD 2600PRO 512MB 128-Bit GDDR2 AGP 4X/8X HDCP Ready Video Card

  • 120 Stream Processors
  • 512MB 128-Bit GDDR2
  • AGP 4X/8X
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Gary R.
  • 6/27/2008 1:12:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWARNING!!!

Pros: Good card for the price. I use it for an HTPC.

Cons: WARNING!!!

The card I received had a 6PIN PCI-E Connector, and not a 4pin molex connector as shown. Luckily I had an adapter in my posession, or i would have been royally piss3d.

ALSO, the card is set to PAL, not NTSC out of the box. To get S-Video in NTSC, you must move the jumper on the fan side over one pin.


/WARNING!!!

Other Thoughts: ATI only has drivers for the PCI-E version of the card on their site. If powercolor stops supporting the card you are S0L.

Only consider purchasing this card for a legacy AGP system for HTPC or for children or grandma.
DO NOT build a new PC around this card. PCI-E versions are cheaper, faster and have better OEM support.

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  • Lee S.
  • 6/18/2008 9:41:53 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsUnstable

Pros: It can handle really high settings on Unreal Tournament III and a few other games.

Cons: It crashes... a lot.

Other Thoughts: A good card with bad drivers. If the drivers were at least decent I probably wouldn't have any problems, but like I said the drivers can't really handle this card very well and I find this thing crashing a lot while throwing down in Nexuiz, UT3, and a bunch of other games. Also don't screw around with the overclock feature it will only end in failure and try to find a way to keep the card cool.

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/5/2008 9:58:47 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSatisfied

Pros: Running on a 420W thermaltake supply w/2.8ghz P4 & accessories... this low power card performs very well on the generation of games we play(nothing 'newest' or super-high-end) like HL2, UT2004 & DS2.. it works great.

Cons: I'm unaware of any negative experiences so far.

Other Thoughts: I'm glad to be able to keep my current agp setups but still have upgrade options like this.

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  • Daniel W.
  • 4/30/2008 11:42:32 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot for Win x64 Platform

Pros: Good value for the x32 owner who wants DVI - HDTV support. Doesn't seem to cause heat problems or demand a great deal of current to operate.

Cons: It isn't mentioned in the product page or in PowerColors literature but this card failed WHQL testing for 64-bit systems. ATI only supports the HD2600 Pro chip for x64 in a PCIe architecture.
PowerColor's support people really threw me a curve, denying their was a problem, and insisting all I needed was to install Catalyst 8.4 for a solution. I'll never buy one of their products again.

Other Thoughts: If I were running XP Home only instead of a dual boot system; I might have been thrilled with this card. Problem is; I bought this card so I could begin a changeover to 64bit computing on my AGP compatible motherboard. I would have just stayed with the Radeon 9200 64mb card which does a respectable job of desktop/movie display. Now I've purchased the OS and other software and will need to upgrade this card along with the hassle of a RMA and the expense of a restocking fee.
Now that most off the shelf computers sport a 64-bit processor; it is time for hardware vendors and manufacturers to denote EVERY product's compatability with X64, or the lack of it.

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  • Daniel S.
  • 4/29/2008 6:55:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsjunk!

Pros: Worked for 2months

Cons: it would overheat alot, and died in 2months

Other Thoughts: stay away

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/21/2008 11:21:56 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Card!!

Pros: Relatively inexpensive for what you get. It may not be the newest graphics card out there, but if you need both dual-DVI and AGP, but don't need to do intense gaming, then this is the card for you!

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I was pleasantly surprised to find that it's possible to simultaneously play Rome: Total War (on maximum settings) on one screen and watch videos on the other with no problem. It's great for casual gaming and office work. Don't forget to plug in the power to the motherboard to get it to run :)

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  • Yan H.
  • 4/16/2008 9:06:41 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsJunk

Pros: Nothing

Cons: I have windows XP pro. My computer did not even boot with this card. I had to return it and bought a PNY card for 30 dollars less. The PNY card runs like a charm. Stay away from this JUNK.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/9/2008 8:00:12 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsGet "AGP hotfix" from ATI

Pros: see below

Cons: see below

Other Thoughts: ATI does not support the HD2xxx chipset on AGP any more with the "Windows Hardware Qualified" drivers. Get the hotfix from the ATI site here:
http://support.ati.com/ics/support/default.asp?deptID=894&task=knowledge&questionID=31542

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  • Gerard C.
  • 4/7/2008 4:15:22 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Seems to work fine. No issues yet. Powercolor website has updated drivers.

Cons: Slightly lower 3dmark06 score than the equivalent Sapphire AGP HD 2600PRO card.

Other Thoughts: I have 2 computers that are mostly identical (WINXP, Opteron 170 dual core processor, same model motherboard, bios, etc.)except for the size and brand of hard drives. In one system I installed the Sapphire AGP HD 2600PRO card. The system with the Sapphire card gets slightly higher 3dmark06 score (~3400) as compared to the system with the Powercolor card (~3150). On the other hand, I initially had a lot of driver issues with the Sapphire card, and not so much with the PowerColor card. I also decided to use the latest Sapphire driver (which is newer than Powercolor's driver) on the Powercolor card, but the 3dmark06 score did not change.

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  • Benjamin F.
  • 4/6/2008 8:38:58 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsdrivers break the product

Pros: hm...

Cons: ATI doesn't support AGP cards anymore. Powercolor doesn't really seem to either. My card would boot to windows, and as soon as ATIs AGPGART tool ran, the screen would scramble, with 20x100 pixel sections rearranged everywhere. I managed to get into a 3d game once - for roughly 5 minutes, until the screen went black

Other Thoughts: ATI had an AGP patch for their latest drivers, but the same problems occurred.

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