Sapphire X1950 Pro Dual

Game tests - Oblivion and Command & Conquer 3


Oblivion is an awesome RPG with a simply huge immersive environment, great graphics and incredibly realistic scenery. This game is currently one of the most testing games that you can buy and it is certainly a test of the high-end cards here. I chose to do a run-through of the Arena part of the game. I spoke to a character, did some magic whilst in a fight and fought in the arena that is pretty huge. Also as well as doing this test I took a wander around to make sure that the benchmark resembled the general gameplay with each card.

I enforced 4 x AA onto the game as both nVidia and ATI cards now support AA and HDR in Oblivion.

sapphire x1950 pro dual quake 4

The Sapphire X1950 Pro Dual's numbers seem pretty good in Oblivion. However the minimum FPS is pretty low and overall the gameplay was not smooth at all. In fact I encountered several glitches and horrible performance during gameplay periods. This may be related to a problem with Crossfire and Oblivion as the card ran fine in single GPU mode.

Command & Conquer 3

C&C3 is the much awaited RTS from EA. Hugely popular and with some pretty nice visuals almost every modern PC should be able to play it. I tested a skirmish right at the end when I had a screen full of mechs to defeat the enemy. This game was played at 1920 x 1200 with no AA and only level 1 of AA selected in game.

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Although the Sapphire X1950 Pro Dual is the only card I have tested this on in this setup, I can say that I did not experience slowdown at all. Playing at this resolution and settings level is very nice although AA settings had to be reduced from the gameplay with the 8800GTS.
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Most Recent Comments

03-05-2007, 05:06:26

We take a look at this new ATI beast and see how it does


03-05-2007, 05:45:10

For an ATI card I am impressed with the performance!

I am not an ATI fan but that it pretty.

Nice review! Quote

03-05-2007, 06:05:20

Dunno about pretty

Pretty huge maybe?Quote

03-05-2007, 06:23:53

Pretty nasty point drop at high res in 3Dmark tbhQuote

03-05-2007, 06:33:18

Ye which was strange as gaming it didn't do too badly. 3DMark I always take with a pinch of salt but it is a bit disappointingQuote

03-05-2007, 08:07:45


Sapphire have said that the retail version comes with 3DMark06 and more importantly 4 DVI outputs for a 4 monitor setup.

Pretty cool.Quote

03-05-2007, 08:31:33

Good review, seems like a cool product, just a little late in the game. Hate to nit pick but on page 3 under Test Setup and Notes it says "To test these high-end nVidia cards I set a PC that gives as little of a bottleneck as possible." Again sorry to be annoying.Quote

03-05-2007, 08:32:35

Oops Quote

03-05-2007, 08:35:18

Originally Posted by name='Kempez'

Sapphire have said that the retail version comes with 3DMark06 and more importantly 4 DVI outputs for a 4 monitor setup.

Pretty cool.
WOAH! Free 3Dmark06!!

And 4 monitors on one card, thats pretty damn good!

But who uses 4 monitors!? :eh:Quote

03-05-2007, 08:36:30

Originally Posted by name='Toxcity'

But who uses 4 monitors!? :eh:
Someone with 4 eyes?Quote

03-05-2007, 08:45:54

Mr. Smith
Originally Posted by name='XMS'
Someone with 4 eyes?
That was painful to read lol

The review is decent, as always.

Personally, I think the product is weak. It is dx9, overpriced (almost as much as a GTS but fails to perform as well, again, it is not dx10 either) stupidly large and... Almost pointless. IMO.

Look forward to seeing the HD2900XT Quote

03-05-2007, 09:28:24

Would u think again if they have an inside inclin that Dx10 might not be with us til Q4.2008 ?

(not a fact, just speculation)

Still pricey imo, I`d still lean the 8800 way if I`m looking to spend around $350.Quote

05-05-2007, 12:09:26

Wouldn't touch it with the 8800GTS 320mb beating it in benchmarks and having DX10. The only thing nVidia has to do to really put the grind into ATI is make SLI usable with 2 or more monitors. The dual GPU thing just doesn't do it, ATI needs to come out with DX10 GPU's, and make the cards smaller not bigger. If I were ATI and wanted to come out swinging against nVidia, that would be priority #2--- a smaller video card. Priority #1 would be making the GPU less power hungry while still making faster/powerful cores. With the AMD merger, I don't know whats keeping this from happening because they're pretty much giving up on a market they once ruled but are repeatedly losing sight of.


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