ATI's new Radeon HD 2400 and HD 2600
series graphics cards might not boast quite the horsepower of the company's top-end HD 2900 XT
, but the folks at HotHardware still found quite a bit to like about them, especially considering their budget-friendly prices. They the Radeon HD 2600 XT, 2600 Pro, and 2400 XT, specifically, which all fell pretty much in line with their expectations, providing adequate power for casual gamers, while keeping power consumption and noise to a minimum. Those interested in cranking their games' settings, however, will likely want to look elsewhere. They also found the cards to be particularly well-suited for home theater PCs, with the AVIVO HD video engine giving them a leg up in image quality (although they're still planning to give it some more extensive testing). You'll have to wait a few more weeks to get your hands on them yourself, however, with them set to roll out in mid-July.