ATI made this decision since it's not that easy to position X700 cards together with the X600s. However, they will just eliminate the fastest of the X600 cards, the X600XT, while X600PROs will continue to coexist with X700 cards.
The X600XT is being replaced with the X700PRO card. In Q3, X600XT used to cost exactly as much as X700PRO but costs now in Q4 a magic $199.
Luckily there is still a place for X600PRO cards in lower mainstream segment from $149 to $199 and those cards will continue to sell beyond New Year's Eve 2005 until the market stops wanting them.
X600XT will be remembered as a product with extremely short life cycle. The cards lived less than two quarters. Four pipelines is simply not enough now for a top end mainstream part. µ
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