ATI makes Mobility Radeon X1600 official

ATI has officially announced its Mobility Radeon X1600, the first member of its new Radeon X1000 series to be available for notebooks. Like its desktop counterpart, the Mobility Radeon X1600 has an unconventional architecture with 12 pixel pipes, five vertex units, four texture units, four ROPs, and a 128-bit memory bus. With 470MHz core and memory clocks, it runs significantly slower than the Radeon X1600 XT, although clock speeds are closer to the 500MHz core and 390MHz memory clocks proposed for the Radeon X1600 Pro.

According to ATI, the Mobility Radeon X1600 will eventually support hardware-accelerated H.264 decoding, but that capability apparently isn't available with current drivers. Ronald already covered a number of X1600 previews in yesterday's 'bread, but you'll want to check out Xbit Labs' coverage, as well. The Xbit preview is the only one to test the Mobility X1600's performance against other graphics hardware, including the Radeon X1600 XT, X1300 Pro, X700, and a GeForce 6600 and 6600 GT.

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