Asus X1950 Pro Crossfire (EAX1950PRO)
Published: 13th November 2006 | Source: Asus | Price: |
All in all the X1950 Pro is a very decent card and performs very well compared to ATI's current gen of cards and nVidia's price-rival. Crossfire is a much improved implementation to when I last visited it and the inclusion of an internal dongle means that you keep your case tidy.
Asus have done well making a decent cooler on this card that keeps the GPU cool and also makes your case look good at the same time. An overclock on the core of 59MHz without any effort is nothing to be sniffed at and even an extra 30MHz from the memory is nice to have. Hopefully this is indicative of all of Asus's implementations, but that is something that could be luck of the draw.
Barring the slightly loud cooler and lack of decent Crossfire support in CoD 2 the Crossfire implementation for the X1950 Pro is excellent and you see a healthy increase in performance for adding another card.
Is it worth buying two of these cards in one go for Crossfire? Even at a mere £264 (£132 each @ Specialtech) I don't think it is. Spend slightly more and you have an 8800GTS. However if you're thinking of upgrading your single card setup then this card is a definite "yes". £133 is a snip for such a great performing card, then you have the option to add another one when the prices fall.
The Asus EAX1950PRO gets the "Value for Money" award as well as a "Recommended" Award.
+ Awesome value for money
+ Good looking card
+ Nice cooling
+ Decent overclockability
+ Great performance
- Crossfire support not 100% on all games
- Slightly loud cooler
- Crossfire dongles only with Crossfire card
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."
Thanks to Asus for supplying the review sample.
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