Sapphire Debuts Dual-Radeon X1950 Pro
December 21, 2006 1:33 AM
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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 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
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,
is also capable of physics processing via Havok or any other middleware capable of interfacing with the Radeon FPU for
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
would be available in AGP versions.
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RE: Irrelevant, too late by a year.... ??
12/21/2006 3:59:33 PM
> "so maybe there are some very rich and blind enthusiasts out there for this dead-end product"
This card is going to be what, about $400? It hardly takes a rich man to afford one. And this card will be just fine until DX10 becomes prevalent, which is still likely a year or more away.
RE: Irrelevant, too late by a year.... ??
12/29/2006 2:43:13 AM
I agree, this product is not irrelevant in single card situations. But it is impractical to attempt Quad-Crossfire. Even Core 2 Quad's/QX6800's won't provide the 4 GPU's with enough data to run at their full potential.
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