Sapphire has announced the release of its new TOXIC X1950XTX
and TOXIC X1950 CrossFire Edition graphics cards catered towards
enthusiasts and silent PC aficionados. The new TOXIC X1950XTX and TOXIC X1950
CrossFire Edition do away with ATI’s stock red blower and replace it with a
water cooling solution. Water cooling is provided by a customized Thermaltake
Tidewater system. The water cooling system has a variable speed fan that
has two modes of operation—quiet or higher efficiency. In quiet mode the fan is
rated to produce 18dBA of noise and spins at 2000 RPM. When performance is
desired the fan spins at 2500RPM and produces 26dBA of noise.
In addition to the water cooling solution, the TOXIC X1950XTX and TOXIC X1950
CrossFire Editions come overclocked from the factory. Instead of ATI’s stock
650 MHz core clock Sapphire has cranked the core clock to 695 MHz. Memory speed
remains unchanged at 1000 MHz though. Other notable features include dual-link
DVI and HDCP
compliancy for high definition HD-DVD and Blu-ray playback.
Pricing for the TOXIC X1950XTX and TOXIC X1950 CrossFire Editions is expected
around $549 with availability in a couple of weeks. TOXIC X1950 CrossFire
Edition cards will have limited availability though.
In other Sapphire news, Sapphire
is holding a Halloween contest. The prize is a Sapphire PURE CrossFire 3200
motherboard, TOXIC X1950XTX and TOXIC X1950 CrossFire Edition graphics cards.