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Sapphire's Dual-Radeon X1950, dubbed "The Godfather," running in action
Quad-Crossfire, here we come

If waiting for R600 has you down, Sapphire has an upcoming alternative.  Early this morning the company internally demonstrated its dual-GPU Radeon X1950 Pro board, dubbed The Godfather.  The dual-slot GPU uses two 6-pin power connectors but still fits within the standard 9" riser-board dimensions.

Sapphire representatives tell us the performance of the single card is comparable to two Radeon X1950s in Crossfire mode.  The card runs on a single x16 PCIe connector. Both dual-link DVI connectors can be utilized at the same time.

Previous Radeon X1950 Pro cards have a GPU core clock of around 575MHz with a memory clock of 700MHz.  The clock frequencies for The Godfather were not revealed.

Also visible on the adaptor are the two interfaces needed for AMD Crossfire.  We have confirmed that the upcoming adaptor does not need a Crossfire motherboard as well in single-card implementations.  However, memos from the company reveal that the card can be put into Crossfire mode with another identical card on a Crossfire motherboard -- the upcoming implementation would be the first capable of Quad-Crossfire.

Like other X-series Radeon cards, The Godfather is also capable of physics processing via Havok or any other middleware capable of interfacing with the Radeon FPU for physics calculations.

Expect to see demonstrations and benchmarks of the card during the upcoming CES 2007.  Sapphire claims the card will be available in Q1'07, well ahead of the March 2007 R600 launch.  Sapphire recently announced its AGP version of the Radeon X1950 Pro, but the company would not respond if The Godfather would be available in AGP versions.

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By sbanjac on 12/21/2006 9:10:32 AM , Rating: 2
You are corect when you say that 1950xtx is power hungry, but i belive that it doesn't mean that automatically all 1950 graphic cards are power hungry. For exmple 1950 pro is one of the more efficient ati cards on the market. it has 36 pixel procesors and 12 Rops + pipes, and it works at 580/700.
One 1950 xtx has 16 rops/pipes and 58 pixel proccesors. It runs at 650 /775-1000.
When it comes to power consumption (according to official data)
x1950XTX consumes 125 W while x1950PRO consumes 75W.
That means that this dual gpu card should have power consp. a litle above a singel XTX. If you ask me thats great.

One single 1950 Pro dual will have 24 ROPS/pipes ad 72 pixel processors. On clock-to-clock basis it will be faster than XTX 50%. However (if the clocks remain the same) XTX has 12% faster GPU clock and up to 42 % faster memory. (which is not quite correct, because radeon x1950 pro should have two memory buses, so that means twice the memory bandwith. There fore I believe that it would be safe not to consider this difference os extreame). All this puts the radeon x1950 pro dual in front of everything else in AMD's lineup. One Power color radeon 1950 pro with 512 MB of memory (core 600 ram 700) costs 195 € while one XTX with 1000 MHz memory costs 340 €. I believe that the price for the new dual gpu radeon x1950 could be around 360 €. That is not a bad offer.

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