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Benchmarks provided to vendors for the Radeon X1950XTX CrossFire versus GeForce 7950GX2 Quad SLI - Click to enlarge
Radeon X1950 CrossFire puts Quad SLI in its place

DailyTech has received early benchmarks of ATI’s upcoming Radeon X1950XTX and X1950 CrossFire graphics cards. ATI’s upcoming Radeon X1950XTX and X1950 CrossFire is expected to make its debut on August 23rd. Specifications for the Radeon X1950XTX and X1950 CrossFire are finalized with a 650 MHz core clock and 2 GHz effective memory clock. The core clock is unchanged from the previous Radeon X1900XTX while memory clock receives a hefty 450 MHz boost. This time around the Radeon X1950XTX and X1950 CrossFire are equipped with 90nm Samsung GDDR4 memory.

The benchmarks compare ATI’s Radeon X1950XT in CrossFire against NVIDIA’s Quad SLI. The test setup used for NVIDIA’s Quad SLI is a Dell XPS 700 system equipped with an Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800, 1GB of DDR2-800 memory and two GeForce 7950GX2 graphics cards for four total GPUs. The ATI CrossFire test system is identical with the Quad SLI system except the nForce 590 SLI Intel Edition motherboard was swapped out for an early Radeon Xpress 3200 (RD600) motherboard and two ATI Radeon X1950XTX/CrossFire graphics cards.

These early benchmarks are favorable to ATI. Call of Duty 2, Half-Life 2: Episode 1 and Serious Sam II heavily favor ATI, most likely due to better multi-GPU scaling on ATI’s side. FarCry, Quake 4 and Doom 3 performance shows the Quad SLI system creeping up to the performance of ATI’s X1950XTX/CrossFire system. However, the Quad SLI system still falls behind, close but no cigar. F.E.A.R. is the only game that can take advantage of Quad SLI and shows the Quad SLI system beating out the similarly configured X1950XTX/CrossFire system; though at 2560x1600 with 4xAA and 8xAF the X1950XTX/CrossFire takes the lead once again. With Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion the X1950XTX/CrossFire system manages to take a nice lead over Quad SLI at 1600x1200 with 8xAF. The lead narrows when the resolution is raised to 2560x1600 with 8xAF.

While these early benchmarks show ATI’s X1950XTX/CrossFire beating out NVIDIA’s Quad SLI there’s more to the story. Since the benchmarks are only comparing performance with 4x anti-aliasing and 8x anisotropic filtering at most, it doesn’t show the true performance of NVIDIA’s Quad SLI. The true performance of Quad SLI being its capability to render high levels of anti-aliasing without taking a heavy performance hit. Ryan Shrout at PC Perspective has written an excellent article covering early Quad SLI performance.

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RE: Who cares?
By rushfan2006 on 8/17/2006 8:55:44 AM , Rating: 2
It's not like many people are stupid enough to buy this before the 8000 series from nVidia hits.

Yeah because everyone has to be bleeding edge, everyone wants to spend $600 on a video card to be cool. Oh I have a dx10 video card.....yeah, widespread game releases for DX10 won't be out for about a year or more, at which time this $600 card I bought will go for $250 and much better cards will be out by then with even more optimizations for DX10 games....that should "just about" be coming out.....

So yeah...only "smart" people would rush out and drop a wad of cash for a 8000 series card upon release...;)

</end sarcasm>

RE: Who cares?
By L33tMasta on 8/18/2006 1:56:11 PM , Rating: 2
I know man. Why buy this for $500 when for another $100 you can get a dx10 card in like 2 months!

RE: Who cares?
By rushfan2006 on 8/21/2006 12:55:17 PM , Rating: 2
I know man. Why buy this for $500 when for another $100 you can get a dx10 card in like 2 months!

Did you understand any of what my post was about? LOL

Its pointless to worry about getting a DX10 card when they first come out. Unless you have money to throw around; which most people don't have money to just throw around like that - if you do, good for you but you are the minority in that area I am quite sure.

Secondly no--not at all did I mean to imply spending $500 on *this* first post must of flown right over your head.

Anyway...its your want to drop $500 or $600 for a DX10 card now -- go for'll be a complete waste I guarantee you....but at least you'll have precious bragging rights.

As for dropping $500 on this card in this article...first off I wouldn't pay that for this card...its called patience.

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