New life for AGP-only systems

Sapphire today announced its latest AGP product offering based on AMD’s recently released ATI Radeon X1950 Pro graphics processorthe Sapphire X1950 Pro AGP. Since the ATI Radeon X1950 Pro graphics processor is natively PCIe, the ATI Rialto AGP bridge is installed for AGP compatibility. Nevertheless, the Sapphire X1950 Pro AGP closely mimics its PCIe counterpart.

As far as specifications go the Radeon X1950 Pro GPU has the same 36 pixel shaders with eight vertex shaders and 12 pixel pipelines as the PCIe counterpart. Additionally the Sapphire X1950 Pro AGP card has been slightly beefed up. Instead of the typical 256MB of video memory Sapphire has equipped its X1950 Pro AGP with 512MB of GDDR3. The memory is clocked at 700 MHz instead of the default 690 MHz. The core clock receives a small little bump to 580 MHz over the default 575 MHz as well.

Other notable features of the Sapphire X1950 Pro AGP include dual dual-link DVI and HDCP compliance. Lastly, since the card is AGP, it will require two Molex power connectors instead of a single PCIe power connector.

Expect the Sapphire X1950 Pro AGP to hit the streets in mid-December with an MSRP of $249.99.

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