ATI Radeon X1950
Released February, 2007
The Pros:Handles modern games gracefully, can turn most settings all the way up and have great framerates. Supports dual DVI monitors without any problems, both run very smoothly.
The Cons:Generates an extreme amount of heat that needs to be vented from the case. Need a powerful power supply with a 6 pin connector. Fan gets pretty noisy during normal operation.
The ATI Radeon X1950 is a legacy video card by ATI. It was a budget card target for gamers, due to its fast RAM and full (without extension) out-of-the-box support for DirectX 9.0, OpenGL 2.0, and Shader Model 3.0.
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It has 256M onboard DDR3 memory, and a 575MHz core clock speed. When two of the X1950 cards are used in the same computer, the cards automatically set themselves up in a Master/Slave arrangement, with the need of a link cable, as was the case with older ATI Radeon cards. It offers hardware accelerated transcoding of many common video formats, relieving the CPU of this duty. It has dual-link DVI and TV outputs for use with multiple monitors. The device is HDCP ready, and uses ATI CrossFire technology. It has been replaced by the ATI Radeon HD 3800.
- 256M DDR3 memory
- Up to 48 pixel shader processors
- 8 vertex shader processors
- DirectX 9.0, OpenGL 2.0, and Shader Model 3.0
- Hardware accelerated transcoding MPEG-2, DivX, WMV9, VC-1, and H.264
- Dual-Link DVI
- S-Video (TV) output
- Multiple GPU support
- CrossFire four modes of operation:
- Alternate Frame Rendering (maximum performance)
- Supertiling (optimal load-balancing)
- Scissor (compatibility)
- Super AA 8x/10x/12x/14x (maximum image quality)
User Reviews (1)
handles modern games gracefully, can turn most settings all the way up and have great framerates
supports dual DVI monitors without any problems, both run very smoothly
generates an extreme amount of heat that needs to be vented from the case
need a powerful power supply with a 6 pin connector
fan gets pretty noisy during normal operation
ships with some older drivers that have compatibility issues, need to find new ones on the website
doesn't support DirectX 10 games
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