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PowerColor breathes new life into the aged AGP platforms, Asus readies "G80"

French tech site PCInpact claims PowerColor will be releasing a Radeon X1950 Pro based product for AGP systems. Images of the proposed Radeon X1950 Pro AGP graphics card are posted on PCInpact as well. The upcoming Radeon X1950 Pro AGP is expected to be clocked higher than its PCI Express counterparts at 600 MHz core and 700 MHz instead of the 575 MHz core and 690 MHz memory on PCI Express parts. In addition to the higher core and memory clocks, PowerColor will equip Radeon X1950 Pro AGP graphics cards with a quiet Arctic Cooling Accelero X2 cooling solution.

In other graphics card related news, XbitLabs has come across images of ASUS’ upcoming G80 GeForce 8800GTX graphics card. The images were originally posted on MyChat but it appears the images were removed. Nevertheless XbitLabs claims the upcoming GeForce 8800GTX graphics card features support for Direct X 10, shader model 4 and NVIDIA’s GigaThread technology, as previously reported by DailyTech. The upcoming card is also expected to support NVIDIA’s Quantum Effects Technology as well.

Two G80 graphics cards will be available including the EN8800GTX/HTDP/768M and EN8800GTS/HTDP/640M. As previously reported, the 8800GTX based card will have 768MB of graphics memory on a 384-bit memory interface while the 8800GTS variant will have 640MB of video memory on a 320-bit interface. Clock speeds of the 8800GTX variant are expected at 575 MHz core and 900 MHz memory.

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By kilkennycat on 10/25/2006 9:40:44 PM , Rating: 2
And a new power-supply !! Many ATX v1.x power-supplies do not have enough 12V current to power a modern video card besides all the other hardware, and certainly not an AGP version of the X1950 Pro. Remember that CD/DVD/roms/burners need about 2 amps of 12v for startup and modern hard-disks need about 1 amp for spin-up. And most of the CPU power now comes from +12V, so if you have upgraded your CPU - watch out, assume at least 8 amps peak there. Read the label on your power-supply. If less than 20 amps on +12V, potentially plan for an upgrade to an ATX v2.x power-supply, if you buy the X1950 Pro AGP. Symptoms include random crashes, particularly in 3D mode, general flakiness or even a failure to boot the system.

By autoboy on 10/26/2006 2:44:19 PM , Rating: 3
I have no problems with my AGP x850xt, athlon x2 3800+, Raptor, DVD drive, and a few pci cards on my Seasonic Super Silencer 300 with 18A on the +12V rail. The fan in the power supply never even ramps up. I can't imagine the x1950pro being too much more power hungry. Then again, it is a Seasonic. The problems are the cheap no name power supplies in generic cases that claim 400W but are really rebranded 250W power ATX V1.3 power supplies. Some older thermaltake power supplies also come to mind.

"Young lady, in this house we obey the laws of thermodynamics!" -- Homer Simpson
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