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GeCube GC-XHD2600XTG4-D3 review

GeCube GC-XHD2600XTG4-D3 (Radeon HD 2600 XT 256MB GDDR4)

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The GeCube GC-XHD2600XTG4-D3

The GeCube GC-XHD2600XTG4-D3

GeCube has gone for an impressively huge two-slot cooler that feels weighty and solid in our hands. This heat pipe based cooler, dubbed the X-Turbo II by GeCube has a rather large fan but despite this, it is actually rather silent and the only complaints will probably be from users with a fully loaded motherboard and cannot afford to lose even a single expansion slot. With the miniaturization and heavy integration of components and features on the motherboards these days, thankfully such a scenario is limited to a small group of users only.

The version we received is not only unique for the X-Turbo II silent cooler but also for the OC Edition branding on its package. Contrary to the impression that having such a logo will naturally impart to the observer, this GeCube card is not overclocked out of the box. GeCube states that the marketing intentions behind such a label is to inform consumers that this card is suitable and geared for overclocking, though we feel that it can easily be misconstrued the wrong way. Although things may still change in the time before this product gets finalized and shipped out to retailers, but at this point in time this 'OC Edition' does not come overclocked. However, with the X-Turbo II cooler, it could be reasonable to think that it may achieve lower temperatures and hence allow for greater overclocking.

In any case, we found that the core and memory clocks on this card to be at the standard 800MHz and 2200MHz respectively. The high memory frequency is only possible with GDDR4 memory and the frame buffer size offered is 256MB. Like all Radeon HD graphics cards, the core has specialized hardware, including a Universal Video Decoder and Advanced Video processor to support hardware decoding of HD video codecs. To complement this functionality, an onboard HD audio controller is present and it means that video and audio streams can be aggregated and output through the dual-link DVIs and using the given DVI-to-HDMI adaptor, you can interface with a supported device like a HDTV. There's also one of the earliest DirectX 10 games to be released - Call of Juarez - that will be bundled in the Asia Pacific edition. Here's the complete list of items that we found in the package:

  • 1 x DVI-to-VGA adaptor
  • 1 x 9-pin mini-DIN to Component dongle
  • 1 x DVI-to-HDMI adaptor
  • 1 x CrossFire bridge
  • Driver CD
  • User manual
  • Call of Juarez (full game)