Sapphire Ultimate X1950 Pro 256mb PCI-E

Conclusion

Conclusion

The RV570 core has been around for several months now and not much has really changed since our original review back in November. The X1950Pro still provides excellent "bang for buck" and is a perfect card for those of us looking for a temporary solution while waiting for ATI's R600 or more budget DX10 cards to arrive.

With the memory ramped up to 1600mhz the card certainly has an edge over it's stock-clocked counterparts, and the ability to overclock the core by a further 45mhz further enforces this.

Coming in at £135 (02/04/07) the Sapphire X1950Pro ULTIMATE is around £20 dearer than several other manufacturers stock-clocked models. This may seem a rather large inflation on an otherwise well priced card, but when you take into consideration that the ULTIMATE is complete with £30 of aftermarket cooling the price becomes more justified.

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Pros
• Great after-market cooling.
• Silent operation even with fan speed set to 100%.
• Excellent price to performance ratio.
• Reasonable core overclock of 45mhz.

Cons
• Unable to overclock memory past cards stock of 1600mhz.


Recommended AwardValue For $$ Award

Thank's to Sapphire for making this review possible.

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Most Recent Comments

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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