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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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x1950 pro overclocking don't mix
By jackalsmith on 12/21/2006 9:38:41 AM , Rating: -1
Is this is the only way they are able to increase performance on rv570? Seriously. Does anyone on here has experience with overclocking an x1950pro? I have 2 x1950 pros in crossfire and I must say both cards top out at 641/800 from 580/702. Even a hard voltmod is not going to help much due to the digital vrm. There is a way to oc 2 cards in crossfire with the riva tuner rc. If anyone wants some help with overclocking their x1950 pros let me know.
8300 in 3dm2006 with e6400@3.6ghz. on a p965 board with 6.12 cats. 2 x 1950 pro in crossfire. this is 641/823 & 641/783 using the stock cooler.
Saphire should make a more overclock friendly version of the card rather than this dual gpu. I guess its cool they are making it but I am more interested in how it overclocks. r600? god I hope this r600 overclocks better than rv570 did. DOes anyone know if r600 is digital vrm?

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