Close Up: ASUS EAX1950PRO/HTDP/256M
The EAX1950PRO/HTDP/256M is a PCI Express Radeon X1950 Pro based card that is powered by the R570 GPU. With the EAX1950PRO/HTDP/256M, the GPU sports 36 Pixel shaders and 12 Texture units compared to the X1950XTX's 48/16 complement. The EAX1950PRO supports SM 3.0 technology and is equipped with 8 Vertex Shaders as well. The core comes clocked at 581MHz and it's teamed with 256MB of GDDR3 memory clocked at 700MHz (1.4GHz DDR).
Unlike the EAX1950CrossFire, the EAX1950PRO is a Dual DVI-I solution and comes with a discreet compositing engine integrated into the GPU, eliminating the need for a dongle or master card to support CrossFire. The card supports a maximum resolution of 2048x1536 and offers TV/HDTV Out and Video-In support via S-Video port located between the DVI-I ports. Like the EAX1950CrossFire, the EAX1950PRO card also supports HDCP (High Bandwidth Digital Content), although monitors and software must also support this feature in order to take full advantage of this technology.
Like the EAX1950CrossFire model, the EAX1950PRO also requires supplemental power via a 6 pin PCI Express power adapter, which is positioned at the center of the card. This may pose a problem for some with cases that have the hard drives mounted directly behind the card. Lastly, ASUS outfitted the EAX1950PRO with an elegant white and black cooler that doesn't require a second PCI slot to be occupied. The cooler utilizes a heat pipe design to help draw heat away from the GPU and Memory and is very quiet in our experience.