New mid-range graphics cards hit the market

In the wake of NVIDIA's introduction of the GeForce 6600 GT AGP, we've received a number of press releases from card makers announcing their implementations, including from Inno3D, Albatron, and BFG Tech. I'm sure I'm missing some others. XFX seems to be first out of the gate with cards for sale online, though, with its GeForce 6600 GT AGP card already selling at multiple vendors. XFX has a PCI-E version, as well, and both cards come with dual DVI ports for multi-LCD crispness.

On the ATI side of things, the Radeon X700 XT is nowhere to be found for sale, but the Radeon X700 Pro seems to be readily available. The folks at GeCube have even worked up a passively cooled X700 Pro with a heat-pipe cooler.

I'm not sure what to make of the Radeon X700 XT availability situation. I've heard rumors that the XT will never be a high-volume product, kind of like the X800 XT PE appears to be. If true, Radeon X700 Pro could be left to fend for itself against the GeForce 6600 GT at the $200-ish price point. I've asked ATI about this, but so far, they've only told us to expect XT cards "soon."

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