Sapphire X1950 Pro Dual

Introduction, Packaging, Package and Specification

Introduction

Sapphire are one of ATI's major AIB (add-in-board) manufacturer's and with that they usually make all sorts of exciting cards for us to play with. While awaiting the r600 (ATI's latest and greatest), Sapphire have taken the rather excellent X1950 pro and given it a new lease of life as one card...with two GPU's on it.

With a huge card and an even huger cooler, the X1950 pro Dual certainly looks the part. We take it through it's paces to see if it "walks the talk".

Packaging

The packaging on the X1950 Pro Dual is decidedly Sapphire's style. With the usual CGI character we have come to know and love from them the box also has a large window to show off the beast inside. This is certainly something that would stand out on the shelves.
 
sapphire x1950 pro dual sapphire x1950 pro dual box
The box is also very well packed with the Styrofoam keeping card nicely safe and secure from damage during transit.
sapphire x1950 pro dual internal box

Overall a decent job of packaging the card from Sapphire, if a little gaudy for some tastes.

Package

The package with the card is pretty decent, if lacking in software bundled in. Included is:

* 2 x Dual molex to PCI-e power dongle
* S-Video > S-Video connector
* S-Video > Component connector
* S-Video > Composite connector
* 2 x DVI > VGA connector
* Sapphire branded driver CD
Update from Sapphire
The retail edition will include a version of 3DMark06, making this a more compelling bundle.

sapphire x1950 pro dual package

As I said: not bad but nothing special.

Specification

The specs of the card are as follows:

 X1900GTX1950 GTX1950 proX195 Pro Dual
Pixel Shaders3636362 x 36
Vertex pipes8882 x 8
ROP's1212122 x 12
GPUrv570rv570rv5702 x rv570
Memory Size256 mb256 mb512 mb2 x 512 mb
memory Bus Width256 bit256 bit256 bit2 x 256 bit
Core Clock575 MHz500 MHz575 MHz2 x 580 Mhz
Memory Clock600Mhz600 MHz700MHz2 x 700MHz

As you can see Sapphire have kept many of features of the X1950 Pro and just added another GPU. Sapphire have also upped the core clock a little, meaning that their cooling solution must be pretty efficient.
Features

* 2x 36 pixel shader processors
* 2x 8 vertex shader processors
* 2x 256-bit 8 channel GDDR3 memory interface
* Native PCI Express® x16 bus interface

Shader Technology
* Support for Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0 programmable vertex and pixel shaders in hardware.
* Shader Model 3.0 vertex and pixel shader support:
* Full speed 32-bit floating point processing
* High dynamic range rendering with floating point blending and anti-aliasing support
* High performance dynamic branching and flow control
* Complete feature set also supported in OpenGL® 2.0

Anti-Aliasing and Anisotropic Filtering
* 2x/4x/6x Anti-Aliasing modes:
* Sparse multi-sample algorithm with gamma correction, programmable sample patterns, and centroid sampling
* New Adaptive Anti-Aliasing mode
* Temporal Anti-Aliasing
* Lossless Color Compression (up to 6:1) at all resolutions, up to and including widescreen HDTV
* 2x/4x/8x/16x Anisotropic Filtering modes:
* Up to 128-tap texture filtering
* Adaptive algorithm with performance and quality options
* Improved rendering with higher subpixel precision and LOD computation levels
* New rotational high quality rendering mode

3Dc+TM - Advanced Texture Compression
* High quality 4:1 compression for normal maps and luminance maps
* Works with any single-channel or two-channel data format
Ring Bus Memory Controller * Programmable arbitration logic maximizes memory efficiency, software upgradeable
* New fully associative texture, color, and Z cache design
* Hierarchical Z-Buffer with Early Z Test
* Lossless Z-Buffer Compression (up to 48:1)
* Fast Z-Buffer Clear
* Z Cache optimized for real-time shadow rendering
* Optimized for performance at high display resolutions, up to and including widescreen HDTV

AvivoTM Video and Display Engine
* New advanced video capabilities, including high fidelity gamma, color correction and scaling
* Dual independent display controllers that support true 30 bits per pixel throughout the display pipe
* Full symmetry on both heads
* Each display interface supports display resolutions beyond 2560x1600
* Advanced DVI capabilities, including 10-bit, 16-bit HDR output
* YPrPb component output for direct drive of HDTV displays
* Seamless integration of pixel shaders with video in real time
* MPEG1/2/4 decode and encode acceleration:
* DXVA support
* Hardware motion compensation, iDCT, DCT and color space conversion
* All-format DTV/HDTV decoding
* Adaptive per-pixel de-interlacing and frame rate conversion (temporal filtering)

CrossFireTM
* Multi-GPU technology
* Four modes of operation:
* Alternate frame rendering for maximum performance
* Supertiling for optimal load-balancing
* Scissoring for compatibility
* Super AA for maximum image quality
* Native CrossFire support simplifies setup by requiring no dedicated slave or master hardware
* 24-bit CrossFire connection enables high resolutions and refresh rates
* Supports the broadest range of platforms for both Intel and AMD

All in all a pretty nice specification if your after one of these cards. More on the X1950 Pro here.
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Most Recent Comments

03-05-2007, 05:45:10

Toxcity
For an ATI card I am impressed with the performance!

I am not an ATI fan but that it pretty.

Nice review! Quote

03-05-2007, 06:05:20

FarFarAway
Dunno about pretty

Pretty huge maybe?Quote

03-05-2007, 06:23:53

llwyd
Pretty nasty point drop at high res in 3Dmark tbhQuote

03-05-2007, 06:33:18

FarFarAway
Ye which was strange as gaming it didn't do too badly. 3DMark I always take with a pinch of salt but it is a bit disappointingQuote

03-05-2007, 08:07:45

FarFarAway
UPDATE:

Sapphire have said that the retail version comes with 3DMark06 and more importantly 4 DVI outputs for a 4 monitor setup.

Pretty cool.Quote
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