Sapphire X1950 Pro Dual
Published: 3rd May 2007 | Source: Sapphire | Price: |Conclusion
The Sapphire X1950 Pro Dual is one of the last new SKU's that ATI's AIB's are going to produce and it is actually pretty good. The performance is not quite up to that of an 8800GTS although in most games you can play at similar level of settings.
I did experience some problems with the card in Oblivion when Crossfire was enabled, but all of the other games I tried worked perfectly and overall the experience was a good one. The performance of the Pro Dual was the same as the X1950 pro in crossfire but without taking up two slots. In future the potential is there to have two of these cards in crossfire although this is not currently possible.
Sapphire have to be commended for adding to an ATI lineup that is looking rather frail with the dominance of the 8800 series cards in the market. However at $350 it is competing with the lower range 8800GTS 320mb which is a card that beats out the Pro Dual. Also another thing that is likely to put off even the most steadfast ATI fans is the impending (this time!) release of the ATI r600.
At this time I could not find the Sapphire X1950 Pro Dual for sale in the UK, but as mentioned previously Sapphire have priced this up as $350.
The X1950 Pro Dual is an innovative solution to the lack of ATI refreshes, as well as being a superior solution to the 7950 GX2, with only 1 PCB. With this in mind I am giving it the "Innovation Award" and "Recommended"
+ Good performance for an ATI GPU
+ Keeps up with the 8800 series
+ Innovative solution for a dual GPU card
+ Decent pricepoint
- Absolutely huge - may not fit in some cases
- Out-ran overall by 8800GTS
- Requires a large power draw
Thanks to Sapphire for supplying the review sample
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