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Windows Vista brought along many things including some new features, a shiny new interface, and the suggestion that you'd have to trash that old PC and buy a new one. While this is not always the case there are certain instances where a simple upgrade might mean the difference between a good user experience and a great one. In the case of Vista if you want to use DirectX 10 you'll need a video card that supports it. Currently that means something from the GeForce 8xxx series from nVidia and the Radeon HD 2xxx series from ATI.
In this review we'll be looking at the ATI Radeon HD 2400 Pro from VisionTek. This little card comes with 256MB of DDR2 memory, dual monitor support, HD Video playback, and HDMI (that also happens to support 5.1 channel surround sound), not to mention DirectX 10 support. As you can guess this is a PCI Express card that will require a single 16x video slot and no dependency on external power.
We will cover many of the unique features of this card but for a complete list be sure to check out the VisionTek website http://www.visiontek.com/products/cards/retail/2400PRO_PCIe.html or the white papers found at AMD http://ati.amd.com/products/radeonhd2400/radeonhd2400pro/index.html