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Sapphire Radeon X1950 GT Graphics Card Review
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Sapphire Radeon X1950 GT Graphics Card

ATI certainly has a curious strategy. Even though they knew they were coming out with the new Radeon HD 2000 series of graphics cards to replace the X1950 series, they launched the Radeon X1950 GT. Perhaps it is to help clear off their current VPUs before the new graphics cards are launched.

If that's the case, then perhaps they should have offered something with a little more muscle. Although ATI is pricing the Radeon X1950 GT as a more cost-effective alternative to the Radeon X1950 Pro, it is actually slower (on paper at least) than its predecessor, the Radeon X1900 GT.

It certainly did not impress us in our tests. It was consistently slower than the GeForce 7950 GT. Although it's not really targeted at that card, we have seen earlier that even an overclocked GeForce 7900 GS can beat it flat.

Of course, we tested it in a new environment - Windows Vista. But hey, it is the new operating system that everyone is migrating to. If it's certified for Windows Vista, it had better work right in Windows Vista, or are we wrong about that? It's been months since Windows Vista was launched. If they cannot get their Vista driver decently optimized, don't blame us.

With the release of ATI's new HD 2000 series of cards, the Sapphire X1950 GT will be a hard sell. Not only is it saddled with the perception that it is "old technology" (which it is), ATI kneecapped it by making it weak. If you can still find one, a Radeon X1900 GT would actually be faster and cheaper.

It's not all that bad though. Doom 3 and even Company Of Heroes were all playable at high resolutions. You will have to skip anti-aliasing with the more strenous games, but generally, it can offer reasonably good performance. Just make sure you pay a good low price for it.

For more details, read our Comprehensive Review!

MSRP • $150
Lowest PriceGrabber Price • NA
Review Comprehensive Review
Graphics Processor • ATI RV570
Manufacturing Process • 0.08 Micron (80 Nanometers)
Transistor Count • 330 Million
DirectX Support • 9.0c
Interface PCI Express X16
Vertex Shaders • 8
Vertex Shader Version 3.0
Pixel Shaders • 36
Pixel Shader Version • 3.0
Textures Per Clock • 12
ROPs • 12
Core Clock Speed • 500 MHz
Fill Rate • 6000 MTexels/s
Memory Bus Width • 256-bits
Memory Size • 256 MB
Memory Type • GDDR3
Memory Speed • 600 MHz (1.2 GHz DDR)
Memory Bandwidth • 38.40 GB/s
DVI Support • Two dual-linked DVI outputs
Package Contents • One Sapphire X1950 GT graphics card
• One installation manual
• One card installation warning sticker
• One warranty card
• One Sapphire brochure
• One driver CD
• One video-out cable
• One DVI-to-VGA converter
• One Molex-to-6-pin Y-split cable

 

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