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ATI Radeon X1950XTX

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gideon 23rd August 2006, 16:42 Quote
a yes a reason to buy a new graphics card ;)
bahgger 23rd August 2006, 16:57 Quote
Great review, now my 7950GX2 is teh suck! :(
yahooadam 23rd August 2006, 17:06 Quote
ugh they always bring out an uber cooler after i buy my GFX cards

oh well, the x1900xt isn't THAT bad in my experience ... perhaps ATI could sell some of these coolers to those that cant afford another £400 for the latest card <_<
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The new cooling solution is fantastic and I'm seriously considering getting hold of one of these babies for my own system. Now if only I could sneak one out of the office door. Hmm....
You could claim further testing or something
LVMike 23rd August 2006, 18:23 Quote
Im still on an agp 6800 and i am still going to wait for dx10. Thank god ati put a new cooler on, but in the end im still going to pull it off and go wet, no matter what card im going to use.
dire_wolf 23rd August 2006, 19:27 Quote
wow, that's a nice card indeed :) Love the new cooler
Pie_uk 23rd August 2006, 19:56 Quote
not bad tbh, great news on the cooling side , sad news for people who want to sell there x1900xtx or who have just bought one.

i'll be holding tight for dx10 and a conroe shuttle
scq 23rd August 2006, 20:09 Quote
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Originally Posted by yahooadam
ugh they always bring out an uber cooler after i buy my GFX cards

oh well, the x1900xt isn't THAT bad in my experience ... perhaps ATI could sell some of these coolers to those that cant afford another £400 for the latest card <_<


You could claim further testing or something

I was quite aware of this when I got my XTX. Terrible noise, but the low price I got mine at was too good of a deal.

Perhaps when they introduce mastercard/dongle-less Crossfire and DX10, I'll consider uprading again.
DXR_13KE 23rd August 2006, 20:09 Quote
holding back until dx10, but this is realy nice, its more silent and more powerfull than its older brothers.
specofdust 23rd August 2006, 21:03 Quote
What a bloody good review, Tim, you've outdone yourself dude

Anyway, it'll be intresting to see if people who know are prepared to buy a card purely on faster memory basis, and the ring bus thang. Personally I'd be dubious, but the benchies are very intresting.

Overall, should anyone be buying extremely expensive cards with Vista around the corner? Personally I don't spend more then £200 on a graphics card, but with DX10 coming I'd be especially wary of buying anything expensive.
yahooadam 23rd August 2006, 21:09 Quote
Oh 1 suggestion about your reviews, it would be nice at the end to give a short (like 1 paragraph) summery of the benchmarks, sure your review is thorough, but i'm not interested enough to read 12 pages of benchmarks, I'm sure lots of people will be, but i think that some people wont want to read it all
specofdust 23rd August 2006, 21:12 Quote
So read one or two, and then the conclusion?
JuanFlaiter 23rd August 2006, 21:12 Quote
Hi Tim,

Just registered to say hi and congratulate you on your great article. The best X1950 review I have read so far!

Impressive job :)

Greetings from Chile ;)
yahooadam 23rd August 2006, 21:21 Quote
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Originally Posted by specofdust
So read one or two, and then the conclusion?
that's what i do, but sometimes u might miss something, the first ones are oblivion then HL2:E1 but that may not give a good judge of everything
hitman012 23rd August 2006, 21:37 Quote
You've surpassed yourself, Tim. This is one of the best reviews I've read :D
Pookeyhead 23rd August 2006, 22:36 Quote
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Originally Posted by bahgger
Great review, now my 7950GX2 is teh suck! :(


Not at the higher screen resolutions it doesnt.

Still a great card though! Fab review... very concise, well written, and a great help if you're in the market for a new card. The kind of review that makes you proud to be part of bit-tech.
Kipman725 23rd August 2006, 23:39 Quote
the cooler :O
hughwi 23rd August 2006, 23:42 Quote
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Originally Posted by Pookeyhead
Fab review... very concise, well written, and a great help if you're in the market for a new card. The kind of review that makes you proud to be part of bit-tech.

Exactly, im sure its also the kind of review that makes Tim proud with the result of his hard work. ;)

Very informative, cheers.
Cheap Mod Wannabe 23rd August 2006, 23:53 Quote
Looking at X1950XTX images I understood the truth behind "internet is for porn" statement.
DXR_13KE 24th August 2006, 00:14 Quote
and this graphics card is algo for porn because it has 3 X's. :p
Marquee 24th August 2006, 01:00 Quote
GDDR4 **** YEAH!!!

They need a new card to kill the 7950X2. maybe in few months the X2900 will do the job.
olly_lewis 24th August 2006, 01:29 Quote
The review of the card is a great one, and probably the best one I have read, really indepth and clearly annotted and written... Nice Job....
Though GDDR4 is tempting and the new cooler cuts down no noise and increase cooling effiecency, I would'nt purchase one just on the merit of GDDR4, but I would consider it when DX10 comes a knockin'...
The 1950 also has some great features that nVidia should copy down or try to implemt in their cards as well... most notiably the single copper heat spreader...
Tulatin 24th August 2006, 04:45 Quote
Good card, good review, good ideas but, uh... clocking?
Tim S 24th August 2006, 10:01 Quote
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Originally Posted by specofdust
Overall, should anyone be buying extremely expensive cards with Vista around the corner? Personally I don't spend more then £200 on a graphics card, but with DX10 coming I'd be especially wary of buying anything expensive.
You're right to some extent and that is why I said it would depend on what you've got in your system now. I'm very buy now, enjoy now, sell on later, because you could be waiting for a while before affordable DX10 cards turn up. It depends whether you want to lose a bit of money in a few months when you sell on a card that you buy now.

If there are games that you want to play at higher resolutions and detail settings, I reckon it's probably worth making the jump, even if it is for only six months or so.
Tim S 24th August 2006, 10:03 Quote
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Originally Posted by yahooadam
Oh 1 suggestion about your reviews, it would be nice at the end to give a short (like 1 paragraph) summery of the benchmarks, sure your review is thorough, but i'm not interested enough to read 12 pages of benchmarks, I'm sure lots of people will be, but i think that some people wont want to read it all
We did used to do this, but then dropped it for some reason - I can't for the life of me remember why. I'll look into it, because (although I'd love everyone to read every page) I know that not everyone has the time to do so.
Tim S 24th August 2006, 10:03 Quote
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Originally Posted by JuanFlaiter
Hi Tim,

Just registered to say hi and congratulate you on your great article. The best X1950 review I have read so far!

Impressive job :)

Greetings from Chile ;)
Hi and welcome,

Thank you for your kind comments - I hope that you stick around. ;)
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