Author: Matthew Kemp (kempez)
Hardware Acquired: Powercolor
This card is an incredibly fast card. ATI have tweaked what was already a great performer and made it even better.
With gaming IQ being more and more a focus of the high end of the graphics market, ATI have done it right and produced a card that really makes your games look amazing. For me the performance in Oblivion alone is enough to want this card tucked safely under my watercooling in my own PC.
I am going to stop myself raving at this point to make sure that we remember two things. Firstly there is the 7950GX2. nVidia's highest end card is very fast in games. Is this card better? That's all a matter of opinion. At the moment in my eyes ATI has the edge in the Image Quality field - and that's where the X1950XTX really thrives.
I am also going to add that both ATI and nVidia will be releasing their next-gen DX10 cards onto the market (see my article here).
However if you are looking for a card to tuck safely in your top spec gaming machine then a Powercolor X1950XTX is a card you should be putting serious thought into buying. Prices for UK launch look to be around £330, and ATI have said that these cards should be available by the 16th September. This remains to be seen in all honesty, but here's hoping.
The Powercolor X1950XTX gets an OC3D Gamers Choice Award for just being an amazing card to play games on. If pricing was confirmed and the card was available I'd almost be tempted to say it would get a "Value For Money" Award...but I cannot do this as nothing is concrete at this point.
+ Very fast
+ Awesome Image Quality
+ Great Pricing
+ Quiet and attractive cooler
- Lack of current availability and concrete pricing
- DX10 on the way
- Current driver support
Thanks to Powercolor for Providing the card for review
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