PowerColor to release two passive X1950's

Written by Tim Smalley

December 18, 2006 // 6:58 p.m.

Tags: #arctic #ati #cooler #cooling #information #passive #photos #powercolor #pricing #pro #radeon #reference #x1950 #x1950xt #xt

In conjunction with Arctic Cooling, PowerColor is preparing to launch a couple of passively cooled Radeon X1950's in the first quarter of next year and we've managed to get hold of a few tidbits about the new card.

The cards will use a massive passive cooler with four heatpipes that is designed by Arctic Cooling. Word has it that it's capable of outperforming ATI's reference cooling solution by a few degrees.

On top of the massive heatpipe cooling solution, PowerColor will also cool the memory chips and voltage regulators with passive heatsink designs too.

As impressive as that feat is, we're not quite sure whether the better performance is with the GPU loaded, or with it sitting idle. Our sources didn't give details on the scenario used to measure these temperatures.

Our sources claim that both the Radeon X1950 Pro and Radeon X1950XT cards will cost about US$10 more than the PowerColor's existing Radeon X1950 Pro and X1950XT cards.

That means we would see the passive versions available in the UK at around £145 for the X1950 Pro and just under £200 for the X1950XT part once they've been released. There are no details on clock speeds at the moment, but we expect them to be the same as PowerColor's existing X1950 Pro and X1950XT clock speeds. We'll leave you with a couple of high-resolution pictures:




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