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PowerColor Radeon X1950PRO with Arctic Cooling

By: Shawn Baker | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Jan 15, 2007 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.0%Manufacturer: PowerColor

Test System Setup


Processor(s): Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 @ 3150MHz (350MHz FSB 1:1)


Motherboard(s): ASUS P5B Deluxe (Supplied by ASUS)


Memory: 2 X 1GB G.Skill HZ PC8000 @ 350MHz 4-4-4-12 (Supplied by Bronet)


Hard Disk(s): Hitachi 80GB 7200RPM SATA 2


Operating System: Windows XP Professional SP2


Drivers: nVidia ForceWare 93.71, AMD Catalyst 6.12 and DX9c


As mentioned in the introduction, we are comparing the PowerColor Radeon X1950PRO straight out with the Gigabyte GeForce 7900GS, which also uses an aftermarket cooler, except from Zalman.


We will be running it through our normal array of applications and gaming benchmarks. While we would normally include some overclocking results, we had absolutely no joy overclocking the PowerColor card. So, while we do have an aftermarket cooler in use here, it helps us more in the noise department, rather than in overclocking.


Let's start the benchmarks and see how the Radeon X1950PRO from PowerColor shapes up against the GeForce 7900GS from Gigabyte.




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3DMark05 is now the second latest version in the popular 3DMark "Gamers Benchmark" series. It includes a complete set of DX9 benchmarks which tests Shader Model 2.0 and above.


For more information on the 3DMark05 benchmark, we recommend you read our preview here.



Across all resolutions we see that the Radeon X1950PRO is superior to the GeForce 7900GS in 3DMark05 but with it not being as intensive these days, will the PowerColor lead last?

ATI RADEON X1950 Pro (256 MB) Graphic Card


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