Sapphire Ultimate X1950 Pro 256mb PCI-E

Card Appearance

Card Appearance

Often dubbed as "Leaf Blowers", it's fair to say that some of ATI's past stock cooling solutions have been anything but quiet. Many ATI AIB's have ditched these stock coolers in favor of their own custom solutions, and from the images below we can see that Sapphire have taken a similar approach.

Sapphire X1950Pro Front Sapphire X1950Pro Back

Rather than going for a generic 3rd party solution, Sapphire have teamed up with Korean silent cooling guru's Zalman who are well known for their "flower" style heatsinks.

Using the popular and well respected all-copper VF900-Cu (which actually retails for around £27), you can expect noise output between ~18-25dbA depending how how the cards BIOS is configured to manage the fan speed.

Sapphire X1950Pro Core Sapphire X1950Pro Cooler

The VF900-Cu makes good contact with the X1950 Pro's RV570 core, and Sapphire have even gone to the trouble of using some kind of generic Silver-based TIM for improved heat transfer.

All of this seems to pay off very well considering the reported temperatures from Rivatuner came in at 34°C idle and 45°C load with an ambient temperature of 22°c.

Sapphire X1950Pro PWM Sapphire X1950Pro Memory Sinks

The memory IC's are passively cooled by blue annodised aluminium chipsinks. These should prove pretty effective considering their close proximity to the airflow from the main Zalman cooler.

We can also see that the PWM mosfets on the back of the card have been given their own 'funky' gold aluminium heatsink to help dissipate heat, and promote greater voltage stability to the cards components.

Sapphire X1950Pro DVI

The card has two DVI ports, both of which feature HDCP support and can be used with older VGA screens by use of the included DVI>VGA converter blocks.
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Most Recent Comments

03-04-2007, 13:24:57

Nice review

I like the new OC3D recommended retailers search looks professional.Quote

03-04-2007, 15:58:53

Originally Posted by name='equk'
Nice review

I like the new OC3D recommended retailers search looks professional.
Cheers mate. Ye, I still need to do some work on it, but all the prices are live from the retailers (hence why it takes a while to bring up the results). Quote

03-04-2007, 17:09:37

nice review,looks to be a cracking card with an impressive price tag to bootQuote

03-04-2007, 17:20:30

Looks good. One last ditch dx9 card before R600 rapes many, many psus?Quote

03-04-2007, 17:22:59

Originally Posted by name='Ham'
Looks good. One last ditch dx9 card before R600 rapes many, many psus?
We'll have to do an article on how many cheap-o psu's it takes to power it Quote

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