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SAPPHIRE RADEON X1950 XT
256MB GDDR3 AVIVO

"This is a review of Sapphire Radeon x1950 XT which uses the R580 Core. Sapphire Radeon x1950 XT will be compared to Connect3D Radeon x1950 Pro, Sapphire Radeon x1800 GTO, Sapphire Radeon x800 GTO and Sapphire Radeon x1650 Pro. We have selected a mixture of benchmarks including 3dmark 2005, 3dmark 2006, Double Cross, PowerVR Fable, Rightmark, Shadermark, Doom III, Prey and Quake 4. Sapphire Radeon X1950 XT brings forth the dawn of a new technological day where games are no longer chained to the limits of the PC hardware!"

SAPPHIRE RADEON X1950 XT

VIDEO CARD GPU CORE
CLOCK
MEMORY
CLOCK
MEMORY
TYPE
MEMORY
INTERFACE
PIXEL
SHADER
DIRECTX
SAPPHIRE X1950 XT R580 625 1800 256MB GDDR3 256 48 9.0C
CONNECT3D X1950 PRO RV570 575 1380 256MB GDDR3 256 36 9.0C
SAPPHIRE X1800 GTO R520 500 1000 256MB GDDR3 256 12 9.0C
SAPPHIRE X800 GTO R430 400 980 256MB GDDR3 256 12 9.0B
SAPPHIRE X1650 PRO RV535 600 1400 256MB GDDR3 128 12 9.0C
VIDEO CARD GPU CORE
CLOCK
MEMORY
CLOCK
MEMORY
TYPE
MEMORY
INTERFACE
PIXELS
SHADER
DIRECTX

CORE SPEED (MHZ)

SAPPHIRE RADEON X1950 XT625
CONNECT3D RADEON X1950 PRO575 (-8%)
SAPPHIRE RADEON X1800 GTO500 (-20%)
SAPPHIRE RADEON X800 GTO400 (-36%)
SAPPHIRE RADEON X1650 PRO600 (-4%)

SAPPHIRE RADEON X1950 XT CONNECT3D RADEON X1950 PRO
SAPPHIRE X1800 GTO SAPPHIRE X800 GTO SAPPHIRE X1650 PRO

COMMENT "Sapphire Radeon x1950 XT is clocked at 625 Mhz which is 8% or 50 Mhz higher than Connect3D Radeon x1950 Pro. Sapphire Radeon x1650 Pro is clocked only 25 Mhz slower than Sapphire Radeon x1950 XT which is impressive for a budget video card."

MEMORY SPEED (MHZ)

SAPPHIRE RADEON X1950 XT1800
CONNECT3D RADEON X1950 PRO1380 (-23%)
SAPPHIRE RADEON X1800 GTO1000 (-44%)
SAPPHIRE RADEON X800 GTO980 (-46%)
SAPPHIRE RADEON X1650 PRO1400 (-22%)

SAPPHIRE RADEON X1950 XT CONNECT3D RADEON X1950 PRO
SAPPHIRE X1800 GTO SAPPHIRE X800 GTO SAPPHIRE X1650 PRO

COMMENT "Sapphire Radeon x1950 XT has a BIG memory speed advantage of 22% or more. How will Connect3D Radeon x1950 Pro perform when compared to Sapphire Radeon x1650 Pro."

PIXEL SHADERS

SAPPHIRE RADEON X1950 XT48
CONNECT3D RADEON X1950 PRO36 (-25%)
SAPPHIRE RADEON X1800 GTO12 (-75%)
SAPPHIRE RADEON X800 GTO12 (-75%)
SAPPHIRE RADEON X1650 PRO12 (-75%)

SAPPHIRE RADEON X1950 XT CONNECT3D RADEON X1950 PRO
SAPPHIRE X1800 GTO SAPPHIRE X800 GTO SAPPHIRE X1650 PRO

COMMENT "Core and memory speeds are important but with Pixel Shader intensive games the more Pixel Shaders a video card has the better. The newer Sapphire Radeon x1950 XT has 48 Pixel Shaders and Connect3D Radeon x1950 Pro has 36. The other video cards only have 12 Pixel Shaders which will be a disadvantage with some software."

SYSTEM INFORMATION

VIDEO CARD SAPPHIRE RADEON X1950 XT
CONNECT3D RADEON X1950 PRO
SAPPHIRE RADEON X1800 GTO
SAPPHIRE RADEON X1650 PRO
ATI DRIVER CATALYST v7.4
PROCESSOR AMD ATHLON64 3500
MOTHERBOARD ASROCK 939 DUAL SATA 2
MEMORY 2 x 512MB OCZ GOLD XTC PC3200 DDR
OPERATING SYSTEM WINDOWS XP
DIRECTX VERSION v9.0C

3DMARK 2005

SAPPHIRE RADEON X1950 XT9274
CONNECT3D RADEON X1950 PRO8655 (-7%)
SAPPHIRE RADEON X1800 GTO6554 (-29%)
SAPPHIRE RADEON X800 GTO5006 (-46%)
SAPPHIRE RADEON X1650 PRO5259 (-43%)

RETURN TO PROXYCON

SAPPHIRE RADEON X1950 XT37
CONNECT3D RADEON X1950 PRO37
SAPPHIRE RADEON X1800 GTO29 (-22%)
SAPPHIRE RADEON X800 GTO23 (-38%)
SAPPHIRE RADEON X1650 PRO25 (-32%)

FIREFLY FOREST

SAPPHIRE RADEON X1950 XT27
CONNECT3D RADEON X1950 PRO25 (-7%)
SAPPHIRE RADEON X1800 GTO20 (-26%)
SAPPHIRE RADEON X800 GTO15 (-44%)
SAPPHIRE RADEON X1650 PRO15 (-44%)

CANYON FLIGHT

SAPPHIRE RADEON X1950 XT53
CONNECT3D RADEON X1950 PRO46 (-13%)
SAPPHIRE RADEON X1800 GTO33 (-38%)
SAPPHIRE RADEON X800 GTO23 (-57%)
SAPPHIRE RADEON X1650 PRO26 (-51%)

SAPPHIRE RADEON X1950 XT CONNECT3D RADEON X1950 PRO
SAPPHIRE X1800 GTO SAPPHIRE X800 GTO SAPPHIRE X1650 PRO

COMMENT "Sapphire Radeon x1950 XT shows it's power by outperforming Sapphire Radeon x1800 GTO by 29%, Sapphire Radeon x800 GTO by 46% and Sapphire Radeon x1650 Pro by 43%. The only slightly negative is that Sapphire Radeon x1950 XT was only able to beat Sapphire Radeon x1950 Pro by 7%."

SAPPHIRE RADEON X1950 XT

PAGE 1 SAPPHIRE RADEON X1950 XT
PAGE 2 SYSTEM INFORMATION AND 3DMARK 2005
PAGE 3 3DMARK 2006, RIGHTMARK AND SHADERMARK
PAGE 4 DOOM 3, PREY, QUAKE 4 AND THE FINAL RESULT

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