PowerColor launches new budget Radeons

As ATI puts the finishing touches on its upcoming R600 design, PowerColor has bolstered its low-end lineup with a handful of new Radeon X1550 graphics cards. The cards are intended to replace existing Radeon X1300 offerings, but this isn't just a re-branding effort. PowerColor's Radeon X1550s have a core clock of 600MHz, which is 150MHz faster than most Radeon X1300s and 50MHz faster than the stock Radeon X1550. Recent rumors suggest this speed bump is possible because Radeon X1550 cards have a new 80nm graphics processor.

Branding aside, PowerColor's new cards slip into both PCI Express and AGP slots, and the PCIe variants are offered with or without passive cooling. The PCIe models pack between 128MB and 512MB of DDR2 memory running at 400MHz with a 64-bit or 128-bit memory bus. PowerColor only has one AGP version, though; it has 256MB of RAM and a 64-bit memory bus. According to a report by DigiTimes, the cards should launch around the $70 mark.

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