Reviews and Problems with Sapphire ATI RADEON X1950 GT
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Sapphire Radeon X1950 GT video card review
23 August 2007
Conclusion: Overclocking Unfortunately, overclocking was one area where we didn't have any joy with our sample, although it appears that this wasn't the Sapphire board's fault - Attempting to increase clock speeds at all via ATI's OverDrive functionality simply failed to do anything - You'd raise the clock speeds, hit Apply, and then see them be immediately reverted to their defaults. We also had no joy using the latest beta release of ATI Tool, which insisted upon incorrectly...
Summary: When I first installed the Sapphire X1950 GT I was surprised by its super loud annoying fan noise. After talking to Sapphire about this they sent me a new
. With this the card is a lot quieter and much more fun to use.
Its performance is of course not comparable to super high-end cards, but for a price of $140 it offers one of the best price/performance ratios in the midrange segment.
Excerpt: There is a common occurrence in the graphics industry that happens near the launch of any major new architecture. Before a company introduces a major change in their GPU designs, they will take their existing GPU designs and offer them at a wide variety of different speeds and price points, sometimes surprisingly low priced, in order to clear out inventory before their new architecture comes into view.
Pros: Solid Price to Performance Ratio, Excellent Image Quality, H.264 Hardware Support, HDCP Enabled DVI Ports, Crossfire 2.0 Support
Cons: Loud Fan, No Thermal Controls, Vista Driver Installation Issues
Conclusion: Only two brands, Palit and Sapphire, are currently expected to offer Radeon X1950 GT cards. The vendor list for the new Radeon X1950 GT may change yet in the future, but given the limited vendor uptake at the moment, we don't expect it to change a lot in the future. This means, it's unlikely that it would go mass market like the Radeon X1950 PRO with its bountiful variety and numerous vendors pushing this SKU.