The Radeon X1950PRO from PowerColor is quite basic minus the large Accelero X2 from Arctic Cooler placed on it but with positive reviews all over the place, it's clear that it's a serious piece of cooling equipment and it's excellent that PowerColor have chosen to adopt on their latest graphics card.
The cooler does take up majority of the front of the card which doesn't let see a whole lot outside of it.
The back of the card is very standard with the product details along with a number of screws to hold quite the large cooler in place. Speaking of the cooler, it is very quiet using its heat pipe design but do take note that it will take up a total of two slots.
Moving back to the front and the side we can see the PCI Express connector, for some reason ATI have chosen to drop it down to the middle of the card, it doesn't really seem to have any benefit though it's not exactly an issue either.
We can again see just how large the cooler is here height wise along with the new Crossfire connection method used on all the new mid-range ATI cards which should also be seen in the R600 in the next few months. This new connection (much like nVidia's SLI) makes setting up dual graphics Crossfire much easier and it's how ATI should have done things from the very beginning of the Crossfire birth.
The last bit of the card is of course the I/O panel and we have the standard dual DVI layout along with TV out port. The DVI ports support HDCP, so you'll able to playback next-generation HD content from HD-DVD or Blu-ray discs using software like CyberLink PowerDVD HD.
Apart from the cooler the card is very standard with nothing else that is changed from most other models. Keep in mind though that the core is slightly overclocked compared to other standard Radeon X1950 cards by 19MHz on the core.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [The Package]
- Page 3 [The Card]
- Page 4 [Benchmarks - Test System Setup and 3DMark05]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - 3DMark06]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - Half Life 2 (Lost Coast)]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - PREY]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - F.E.A.R.]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - Company of Heroes]
- Page 10 [Benchmarks - High Quality AA and AF]
- Page 11 [Final Thoughts]
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