Asus X1950 Pro Crossfire (EAX1950PRO)
Published: 13th November 2006 | Source: Asus | Price: |Introduction
When ATI released the X1950 Pro enthusiasts were all keen to get their hands on these very cheap cards that gave such great performance. Losing the external dongle for Crossfire support and gaining a much more "sexy" pair of internal bridge connectors the X1950 Pro looked to be an awesome performer. We wrote a brief introduction to the card here
Asus kindly sent us a couple of X1950 Pro's for us to give you a better idea of how well these cards perform.
Modern graphics cards come in a plethora of packaging and quite often we see some form of space age female on the cover. Asus have run with this form of packaging with the EAX1950PRO, but it's done pretty well in this case. I would have preferred a picture of the card in all honestly as this gives the user an idea of what they have bought.
Asus have taken the option of not shipping a game or utility with this card, instead choosing to include simply a driver CD.
The package contents are as follows:
* 1 x DVI > VGA connector
* 1 x S-Video > Component connector
* 1 x Quick Start Manual
* 1 x CD-based full manual
* 1 x Asus Driver CD
* 1 x PCI-e > 4 Pin molex power connector
* 1 x Faux-leather CD wallet
* 2 x Asus internal crossfire bridge connecter
It is also worth noting that only the Crossfire version of the card comes with the two necessary dongles for Crossfire, meaning that you would have to search out a Crossfire bundled card to be able to enable Crossfire. I think that this is something Asus should think about changing as I could not see any physical difference in the cards at all. Adding one dongle to each card would make a lot more sense.
Update Feedback From Asus:
"thanks to the European feedback we are reviewing having a ‘crossfire’ edition card bundled with both internal connectors and instead going to bundle one connector with each internal crossfire capable card. This decision is probably too late to happen with our 1950PRO shipment but should happen with future ATI cards."
That said: the package has everything you need to get on with and for almost all hardware enthusiasts it will be enough.
Onto the card...