We were really impressed by Radeon X1300 Pro performance, far greater than the performance obtained by GeForce 6200 and Radeon X300 models we included in our comparison.
In fact, Radeon X1300 Pro was faster than GeForce 6600 in all tests but Doom 3. So if you are thinking of buying a “plain” GeForce 6600, consider changing your mind into buying a Radeon X1300 Pro instead.
So, calling Radeon X1300 Pro as an entry-level chip isn’t fair. It is clearly a low mid-range chip for users that want an entry-level VGA but can’t stand the low performance of a GeForce 6200 or of a Radeon X300.
As for HIS model, it has as great advantage its IceQ cooling system, which pulls hot air from inside the PC to the outside, preventing your PC from overheating. That is really great.
The only bad thing about this product is its price, around USD 120 in the USA – definitely not we can call an entry-level price. However, if you think that you can find a “plain” GeForce 6600 between USD 120 and USD 140, choosing Radeon X1300 Pro is a no-brainer: it is cheaper and faster than a GeForce 6600!
In our opinion ATI hit bull’s eye with this new product and HIS implementation of it is a terrific choice. So we are giving our “Golden Award” seal to this product for the low-end VGA category.