Sapphire Ultimate X1950 Pro 256mb PCI-E

Overclocking

Overclocking

Equipped with a Zalman all-coper cooler and heatsinked memory IC's, the Sapphire X1950Pro ULTIMATE is certainly "kitted out" for some serious overclocking.

As the memory on the card is already overclocked to 1600mhz we were unable to perform any additional overclocking using ATI's Catalyst control panel, however installing the latest version of ATITool gave us the neccesary options to try and push things a little further.

ATI Tool

Unfortunately even our best efforts couldn't take the cards memory past it's stock speed of 1593mhz. Maybe this is a limitation of the card or possibly even a problem with ATITool and the X1950Pro series. If you have any ideas be sure to let us know in our forums.

We didn't leave totally empty handed however, and successfuly managed to obtain a 53mhz overclock on the core. Some quick benchmarks of the card running at 634mhz / 1600mhz can be seen below.

Sapphire X1950Pro Overclocked Sapphire X1950Pro Overclocked

Overclocking the card showed a small improvement in both the Quake 4 and Counter-Strike:Source scores, with the latter showing the largest performance increase of 12fps when running at 1024x768.
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03-04-2007, 13:24:57

equk
Nice review

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

03-04-2007, 15:58:53

JN
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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

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

03-04-2007, 17:20:30

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

03-04-2007, 17:22:59

JN
Quote:
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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