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PowerColor HD2600XT 512M AGP Radeon HD 2600XT 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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  • Brent S.
  • 5/25/2009 5:30:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorked well for me!

Pros: Installed relatively easy and works very well.

Cons: None thus far

Other Thoughts: Bought this to replace a video card gone bad. The only issue I had was finding the proper hotfix drivers since ATI decided to stop supporting AGP. It wasn't very hard finding the drivers and the card works just fine. It seems as if this card works best with Windows XP since most of the issues are coming from Vista machines.

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  • Gregg L.
  • 5/23/2009 10:18:00 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Cheap price. One of the few decent AGP cards still out there. HDMI. 512 MB of RAM. Supports Pixel Shader 4.0.

Cons: May have driver installation issues unless AGP Hotfix driver is used. Doesn't appear to be as fast as my NVIDIA 6800GT. DDR2 RAM.

Other Thoughts: I used the AGP Hotfix driver detailed below and the card works fine. I also needed to install ATI's HDMI audio driver as well. Not as fast a card as I would've hoped (it's replacing a 6800GT which died), but I can't complain too much considering the price. Hope it'll be good enough to run Sims 3 for my wife in my aging Athlon XP 3200+.

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  • Quinn K.
  • 5/15/2009 11:02:26 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Nice upgrade if you are using an old graphics card.

Cons: Un-returnable, low quality, very little support, drivers are hard to install, overpriced for the quality you get.

Manufacturer Response:

Hi,

If you are having issues with the card, please give us a call at 909.468.5100 M-F 9am-6pm PST. Our tech support and RMA teams will be happy to assist.

PowerColor Customer Support

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  • Bowen P.
  • 5/8/2009 8:33:02 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs8X ONLY

Pros: Don't Know

Cons: 8X only

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  • Dale C.
  • 5/7/2009 11:00:12 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggsAs it's issues

Pros: This is a great card for the price. Can't beat $45 after rebate for a 2600XT card. So I'll be able to squeeze some more life out of my dated system after all.

Cons: GDDR2 instead of GDDR3 video memory. The card seems to under perform compared to other 2600XT cards, at least spec wise. But at the price can you really complain?

Other Thoughts: For all those complaining about driver issues, relax and do some quick research. There's a known issue with AGP in the latest ATI drivers and there's a hotfix driver available at thier site (link to follow) for all OSs. Windows 7 seems to use the vista drivers without a hitch, fyi. I will update this review once I verify that personally.

http://support.amd.com/us/kbarticles/Pages/CatalystAGPHotfix.aspx

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  • Demetrios S.
  • 5/5/2009 11:41:18 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMine Works Well

Pros: Mine worked well with Windows XP, notwithstanding the issues cited by the users below, who apparently did not have the same luck. This card replaces my old LeadTek GeForce 2 ULTRA, which used to be the best thing since sliced bread about 10 years ago. I just made a huge leap from 64MB to 512MB and I'm really happy about that.

Cons: ATI has discontinued manufacture of this product, which would make future support unlikely. Something to consider if you are cheap and plan on keeping it until old age sets in.

Other Thoughts: From what I able to gather, this card works well with XP, but not with Vista. I installed it on an ABIT KT7A-RAID motherboard with 4X AGP (which is doody by today's standards), and it seems to work great. With all due sympathy to those who experienced crippling problems with this card, I must say that mine works great! Well worth the 60 bucks! Buy it!

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  • Jeff H.
  • 5/5/2009 5:58:59 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood but overkill

Pros: Very stable with fglrx driver version 8.60.40 on Ubuntu Linux 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope). Tested with Compiz, Doom3, Quake 4, UT2004, Prey, Penumbra, Alien Arena, Tremulous, DarkPlaces, OpenArena, Nexuiz.

Cons: Probably overkill for old AGP systems. A new MB with PCI-E would be a better investment in most situations.

Other Thoughts: Didn't test DVI/HDMI. Difficult to get working on Intel 875P server boards due to a kernel bug with AGP (not the card's fault) which causes it to lock hard when any 3D is used. You'll need to set "MaxGARTSize=XXX" in xorg.conf and add "vmem=XXX" on the "kernel" and "defoptions=" lines in the Grub menu.lst files to the AGP aperture size set in BIOS. You may also have to add "blacklist i82875p_edac" to the blacklist.conf file. This problem should be fixed by the next major Ubuntu release and may already be fixed in other distributions. It only affects 875P chipsets.

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/4/2009 9:56:53 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsTerrible

Pros: The specifications on the card are nice for the price.

Cons: It's not supported by ATI. They gave up on providing agp drivers for this thing a long time ago. Powercolor's drivers are very old and don't work well, both the packed in drivers and the ones from their website. I tried the Omega drivers and they only caused the entire PC to crash within 10 seconds of starting a game. I tried 3 different versions of the so-called "hotfix" driver, but all 3 were just as bad as Powercolor's.

Other Thoughts: I bought this to replace my eVGA 6800GT which had died. Due to the driver problems with this card, not only is it slower than my 6800GT was, it's slower than my 5 year old Radeon 9800pro.

By slow I mean unplayable. I went from 30-40fps on my 6800GT in open areas in wow to 12 on this 2600xt. Left 4 dead went from 30 to 9. Half-Life 2 went from a solid 70 to 24. I've tried at least 6 different sets of drivers and they all have the same results. It's a shame that ATI doesn't support this card and you're left scrounging for them from other sources, none of which work.

This thing is an expensive paper weight. I'm never buying an ATI product again after seeing this lack of official support. I understand that it's an older card, but I can still get official Nvidia drivers for the 10 year old Geforce 2 GTS sitting in my closet. What's ATI's excuse for not supporting a 2 year old card?

Manufacturer Response:

Hi,

We are discussing this issue with ATI and will have it resolved soon.

PowerColor Customer Support

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  • Michael K.
  • 4/24/2009 4:11:53 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsCrapola...

Pros: Good price with rebate.....

Cons: DOA out of the box, I blame bad drivers. I tried every driver I could find, none would get it working correctly in non-safe mode. It sucks that AMD and ATI stopped suporting AGP cards.

Other Thoughts: Don't be cheap, get a better video card. I tried for an entire week to get this to work and I know what I am doing. I guess I should have listened to the reviews on Newegg.... Oh well, live and learn..

Manufacturer Response:

In the rare occasion that a product is DOA, we'll be happy to repair or replace the card.

PowerColor Customer Support

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  • Alfred I.
  • 4/23/2009 1:31:25 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMy 2nd Powercolor AGP card

Pros: Good performance considering price. I have a Powercolor Radeon HD3850 installed in my other computer. 3850 is the fastest AGP available for the obsolete AGP interface. The price of 2600XT is about half of 3850, but the performance is better than half according to my benchmark test results (more like 2/3 to 3/4). That's great for a card less than 50 bucks (after rebate).

Cons: None so far for me. From all the reviews, I've seen lots of people having troubles with driver/SW installation, especially with Vista. I had none when installing my 2600XT and 3850 with either Powercolor CD or ATI hotfix, but maybe because I used Win XP instead of Vista. For Vista, latest hotfix should work. Some people who got the older version of the card had problem with memory detected as 256MB instead of 512MB, but that's just a BIOS issue and can be fixed with the latest BIOS update. In sum, you may have some driver/software and firmware works to do, but most likely not insurmoutable.

Other Thoughts: Here are my suggested installation guide and 256MB memory prblem fix for those who have troubles:
1) Before installation, change display resolution to lowest (e.g. 800 x 600). Uninstall any onboard or previous graphic card drivers(s).
2) Use Powercolor CD to install driver/SW.
3) If CD installation failed or you want to update driver/SW to the latest, you CAN'T use the regular driver downloadable from the following:
http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/Pages/index.aspx
The driver from this link is primarily for PCI-e and so may not work with AGP. What you need is the Hotfix AGP version downlable from here:
http://support.amd.com/us/kbarticles/Pages/CatalystAGPHotfix.aspx
4) For those who troubled by memory being 256MB only, Powercolor has an FAQ for that as below. Read this FAQ and perform the BIOS update as instructed, then you'll see 512MB. Make sure new BIOS is dated Jan 8 2009 or later.
http://www.powercolor.com/eng/support_faq.asp
Good luck!

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