Not everyone is in the financial
position to purchase a top of the range graphics card and
chances are if you’ve clicked the link to read this
article you are one of those people. Both ATI and Nvidia
have begun to take a different approach to the cards aimed
at this sector, whilst all previous low end cards came with
similar volumes of memory to the mainstream and high end
cards there are now cards which come with enough video memory
for basic tasks and when needed share some of your system
The X300 Hypermemory
The Radeon X300 SE with hypermemory
is a 32mb card which comes clocked at 324mhz core and 297mhz
memory. As far as pipeline configuration goes this card
has 4 pixel pipelines (with 2 vertex shaders) running on
the 0.11micron RV370 core and transmits information to and
from the memory over a 64bit bus.
The card itself is very compact,
which is great if you have a SFF PC such as a Shuttle available.
Cooling is passive only and core only, again a benefit if
you are using a SFF PC, specifically a media centre when
silence is golden.
The rear of the card contains
no memory chips or video processors commonly seen on higher
specification radeon hardware.
On the connectivity side of
things we have two video outputs one VGA and one S-Video.