ATI Radeon X1950 Pro CrossFire GPU Review

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ATI Radeon X1950 Pro CrossFire GPU Review

Postby Apoptosis » Tue Oct 17, 2006 6:13 am

ATI Radeon X1950 Pro CrossFire GPU Review

The ATI Radeon X1950 Pro, codenamed RV570, has been built on the 80nm process, contains 36 pixel shader engines, 12 parallel pipelines and eight vertex engines, utilizes digital PWM, supports dongle-less CrossFire, fits in a single PCIe slot and comes with an MSRP of $199. Legit Reviews puts the X1950 Pro in the hot seat and takes it for a test drive today.

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In regards to single card performance the X1950 Pro handles itself well against the outgoing 7900 GT and the current bang for the buck leader, 7900 GS. My biggest problem with the high-end X1800 and X1900 products were heat and noise. This is where the X1950 Pro shines with the redesigned single slot heat sink and fan combo afforded by the lower power consumption. In most situations it offers X1800XT like performance minus the dust buster cooler, and without turning your room into a sauna. I love the fact that I never saw over 56c for the card in load conditions, and other than a brief full throttle during POST, the fan was quieter than our AMD heat sink!


Article Title: ATI Radeon X1950 Pro CrossFire GPU Review
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Postby pastorjay » Tue Oct 17, 2006 6:54 am

Nice! It is great to see ATI go dongle-less... Am I allowed to say that here?

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Postby Apoptosis » Tue Oct 17, 2006 7:00 am

yes, but any dong-less jokes will = instant ban... lol

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Postby pastorjay » Tue Oct 17, 2006 7:20 am

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Postby dicecca112 » Tue Oct 17, 2006 12:44 pm

thank you apop. Was waiting for this review
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Postby Apoptosis » Tue Oct 17, 2006 12:59 pm

dicecca112 wrote:thank you apop. Was waiting for this review


While I took the pictures and wrote the first three pages don't forget to thank Brian for the bemarking and the conclusion ;)

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Postby Baddad53 » Tue Oct 17, 2006 4:39 pm

Great news for ATI fans. I did notice the article got better as the pages went by. :P

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Postby Cypher » Tue Oct 17, 2006 5:27 pm

Good review, excellent read.

I personally am still an NVidia Fan.

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Postby Apoptosis » Tue Oct 17, 2006 6:13 pm

Cypher wrote:Good review, excellent read.

I personally am still an NVidia Fan.


Wait for our upcoming G80 review then :)

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Postby cyberneticimplant » Tue Oct 17, 2006 10:00 pm

Wow, ATI has really been impressing me lately. They have faster higher end cards and have been implementing newer technology in their cards. For my next purchase I will be looking at ATI. Thanks for the info about digital pulse modulation. Most reviews don't offer that.

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Postby jakegub » Thu Oct 19, 2006 10:31 am

Where are these cards?

I love the sound of the card and the $200 price point, but I can't find them anywhere. The places I CAN find the x1950 pro have it for 300 or more.

Is there an official release date for the card and will there be a 512mb dongle-less version available?

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Postby Apoptosis » Thu Oct 19, 2006 12:51 pm

Zipzoomfly has the Sapphire X1950 Pro 256mb for $199.99 and a bunch more priced at $229.99. Here is a link for you.

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Postby jakegub » Thu Oct 19, 2006 2:23 pm

what about a 512mb Dongle-less version? any word on that yet?

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Postby Apoptosis » Thu Oct 19, 2006 2:40 pm

no official word from ATI, but looking into the future I would say it's highly likely that upcoming cards will have the same multi-GPU solution.

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Postby Bwall » Thu Oct 19, 2006 5:28 pm

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Postby jakegub » Thu Oct 19, 2006 8:03 pm

I think I will be buying one of these as soon as I can find one. Good find wicked!


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