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Sapphire Radeon X1950GT - Testing 256MB vs. 512MB memory

By: Shawn Baker | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Mar 12, 2007 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 7.5%Manufacturer: Sapphire Technology

Final Thoughts


Is it worth spending the extra money on a 512MB variant of the Radeon X1950GT? The answer is not really unless it was that important to you that you have to tell your friends that your graphics card is 512MB and that makes you better than him and his 320MB 8800GTS. Graphics cards in this arena still can't really see huge benefits to twice as much memory. We understand PREY sees a fairly large jump which would let us assume that OpenGL games based on ID's Doom 3 engine will but we wouldn't base our purchase on this as there are plenty of other games.


At the time of writing there are just a few 256MB Radeon X1950GT's for sale in Australia. You can pick up the Sapphire X1950GT 256MB for around $240 AUD (roughly $188 USD) which makes it a more attractive product as straight up price and performance goes.


Sapphire as always have done a fantastic job with not only their card but the package - the card is very quiet and only uses single slot cooling, looks great and the package is fantastic including a full version game of Just Cause. It's all let down by a poor quality graphics chipset from AMD and ATI that doesn't really seem to be very well thought out in our opinion.


We hate to say it but your money really can be spent in better ways and not just in Australia - we checked out US pricing and it's the same story there with the PRO version only being a little more expensive. As we said in our Palit review, if your budget is tight buy the GeForce 7900GS 256MB though if you do have extra money buy the Radeon X1950PRO 256MB, you will be a lot happier with the performance and we reckon you'd be much more satisfied and it's only going to cost you slightly more than the X1950GT 256MB.


Spend your money wisely!


- Pros


Great package including full version of Just Cause


Cheaper than the 256MB and similar performance


Good overclocking


Crossfire dual graphics technology


HDCP support for HD DVD and Blu-ray playback


Quiet and single slot cooling


- Cons


Dated RV570 core


Your money is more wisely spent elsewhere (not just in Australia)


- Latest Pricing


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Rating - 7.5 out of 10


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