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Just in case you're the type who likes to jump right down to the news, we wanted to let you know that we've just posted an article in which we evaluate the features and performance of Sapphire's unique Radeon X1950 Pro Dual. As its name suggests, this card sports a pair of Radeon X1950 Pro GPUs on a single board. It also has 1GB of RAM and an insanely large cooler and PCB. Click the link below, or at the top of the page, to check it out... Read The Article Right Here.... Read more...
Graphics processors are, and have always been, extremely parallel in nature. This sentiment has been expressed time and time again by various GPU architects from all of the major graphics chip designers. If you want additional performance, in the vast majority of cases, you can gain it by adding on more rendering pipelines or a second (identical) graphics processing unit. Graphics applications and games scale very well with additional rendering power under the hood, as shown by both Nvidia's SLI and ATI's Crossfire technologies, which can be traced all the way back to the 3DFX Voodoo2, which was utilized the same core concepts. With the already parallel nature of graphics processors... Read more...
Hello All. We've just posted a new article in which we evaluate the features and performance of Sapphire's affordable Radeon X1950 GT. Here's a snip from the piece: "Sapphire clocks the Radeon X1950 GT at levels which are close to, but slightly lower than the Radeon X1950 Pro. While the Radeon X1950 Pro featured the RV570 GPU clocked at 580MHz with 1.4GHz GDDR-3 memory, the Radeon X1950 GT features the RV570 at 500MHz with 1.2GHz GDDR-3 memory. While a 500MHz GPU clock may seem quite high for a mid-range part, keep in mind that this GPU features 36 pixel shaders, which is 3/4 that of the high-end Radeon X1950 XTX."... Read more...
There is a common occurrence in the graphics industry that happens near the launch of any major new architecture. Before a company introduces a major change in their GPU designs, they will take their existing GPU designs and offer them at a wide variety of different speeds and price points, sometimes surprisingly low priced, in order to clear out inventory before their new architecture comes into view. The most recent example of this would be Nvidia's GeForce 7900 GTO, which launched just a few weeks before their new GeForce 8 architecture, and provided amazing price/performance levels for those who bought it, but was quickly put out of favor when Nvidia's DX10 architecture launched.... Read more...
Hello Everyone. We've just posted a new article at HotHardware.com in which we evaluate the features and performance of Sapphire's top-of-the-line Radeon X1950 XTX. Here's a snip from the piece... "Today at HotHardware.com, we're going to take a look at Sapphire's take on ATI's flagship, aptly named the Sapphire Radeon X1950 XTX. On the hardware level, there is very little to differentiate this card from ATI's own branded Radeon X1950 XTX, but Sapphire does sweeten their offering with a more generous accessory bundle and a relatively competitive price." Read The Rest Right Here.... Read more...
While we all sit and wait to see what AMD/ATI have in store for us with their next-gen, DX10-class R600, the Radeon X1950 XTX remains ATI's current flagship desktop GPU. In light of NVIDIA's excellent GeForce 8 series of cards, the Radeon X1950 XTX has certainly lost some of its initial luster, but nevertheless it's still one of the more powerful graphics cards currently available. Today at HotHardware.com, we're going to take a look at Sapphire's take on ATI's flagship, aptly named the Sapphire Radeon X1950 XTX. On the hardware level, there is very little to differentiate this card from ATI's own branded Radeon X1950 XTX, but Sapphire does sweeten their offering... Read more...
Marco and I are just back from CES and while we're a little weary from all the walking and a red-eye flight from hell back to the east coast, we're on the mend, thankfully.   We had some behind-close-doors time with the folks at Sapphire and got to take a look at some of their new products not yet released to market.  One that caught our particular interest was their dual GPU Radeon X1950 Pro Dual card that utilizes a pair of X1950 Pro GPUs on a single card CrossFire setup.  Check it out.  Though it is a monster design, it's pretty impressive.    In addition, the card also employs a full 512MB per GPU for a total of 1GB per card.... Read more...
Today's high-end flagship video cards may cost an arm and a leg, but that segment of the market is not where the real money is. The big money is made in the low-end and mid-range (or mainstream) segments of the market. It's simple really: most people shopping for a video card have budgeted $100-250, while relatively few have $400+ budgets for just graphics. Less than two months ago, ATI dropped a new pixel-pushing soldier into the battle for mid-range supremacy. That soldier came in the form of the Radeon X1950 Pro, and it fights the good fight for about $200. Today, we'll be looking at Sapphire's version of the X1950 Pro. One of the coolest features of the X1950 Pro is its new... Read more...
Hello All, We recently got our hands on one of Sapphire's Radeon X1950 Pro cards, so we put it through the wringer with a number of popular games and benchmarks. Click the link below and take a look... Read the article right here. Please Digg this article to share with others.... Read more...
The BoxGods (That's right mortal!  Bow and worship the machine!) have a good hard apocalyptic look at Sapphire's Radeon X1650 Pro.  The Gods have spoken and offer... "Building your PC on a budget is a lot more fun when that budget is closer to $3,000 than $1,000; but, sadly, most of us read about the wallet busting uber cards and buy the budget and mid-range cards out of fiscal necessity. The good news is that the current budget segment has some pretty decent choices--like the Sapphire Radeon X1650 PRO we will be looking at today." OK, so maybe it's not so doom and gloom... Read more...
Good afternoon folks.  Just in case you're the type who likes to jump straight down to the news, we wanted to drop in to let you all know that we've just posted a new article (link and summary at the top of the page), where we evaluate the features and performance of Sapphire's Ultimate Radeon X1600 Pro and Ultimate Radeon X1600 XT cards.  Click here to check them out... ... Read more...
  Selecting the right video card when you're on a budget can be difficult. The major deciding factor for many gamers out there is price. As mouthwatering as it is to think about getting a top-notch SLI or CrossFire setup, it's a luxury that most simply cannot afford. Fear not though, as both Nvidia and ATI have some quality entry-level and mid-range graphics cards in their respective line-ups. Today we have two such cards with us, Sapphire's Ultimate X1600 Pro and X1600 XT. Aimed towards consumers looking for a silent video card at a budget price, Sapphire's Ultimate X1600s will appeal to those looking to build up an HTPC or a PC for casual gaming. Both cards are based... Read more...
Brent from [H] has taken a look at one of the few factory-overclocked Radeon X1900 XTX cards currently available, the liquid cooled Sappire Toxic Radeon X1900 XTX. We took a look at this card back in April when Sapphire was still calling it the "Blizzard".  We ended up being impressed by the card and gave it an Editor's Choice award. It looks like all these months later, the crew at [H] were equally impressed. "We are glad Sapphire is stepping out of the mainstream and giving end users another option with high-end graphics. This is the first factory overclocked Radeon X1900 XTX GPU based video card we have seen. This is also the first fully pre-assembled self-contained liquid... Read more...
Hello Everyone. Just in case you're the type who likes to jump right down to the news, we wanted to let you all know that we've just posted a new review of Sapphire's Radeon X1900 GT. This card sports a trimmed-down version of ATI's R580 GPU and 256MB of high speed GDDR3 RAM.  It's also got a few other niceties thrown in for good measure.  There's an image and a quite from the review above, otherwise you can just click here if you'd like to check it out...... Read more...
  It can be tough for a company to decide how and where to market a video card in today's demanding retail environment. Price something too high and only a brave few might purchase the card; price it too low and it could be dismissed as a low-end or budget card by some consumers, regardless of its value proposition. These issues can typically determine where said card can be purchased. It's no coincidence that large resellers like Best Buy or Circuit City typically only carry merchandise under a certain price point, as this is where the bulk of sales are generated. The flip side to this situation is maintaining the leadership in a two-way contest at the high-end. Every couple of... Read more...
Geoff Gasior over at the Tech Report took a look at Sapphire's water cooled Toxic X1900 XTX. This all-in-one solution is actually made up of two parts; the video card and waterblock, and the watercooling assembly. They stripped away the sticker covering Sapphire's watercooling assembly to reveal it's guts. What they find is a rather striking contraption that will look great in any mod box. "They say that some things are better left up to the imagination, but the Toxic's internals are not. The cooler looks much better naked, where it reveals its radiator, pump, and reservoir in all their glory. We can't believe that someone at Sapphire decided a big, black... Read more...
The time has come... The tournament that HotHardware and the good folks at Sapphire put together for our HH members will run this Friday, June 23rd at 10:00PM Eastern time. The prizes up for grabs to the winning team are a Sapphire Toxic Radeon X1900XTX, X1800XT, X1600 Pro, and an X1300. As much as we'd like to give everyone a new video card, we did our best with these four prizes for this contest, and we'll keep trying to provide more contests for our valued members. Other contestants will not go home empty handed though, as they will also receive one of 10 t-shirts we are throwing in. We'll be sure to post a source demo of the tournament after. Get... Read more...
Hello Everyone, We've teamed up with the good folks at Sapphire again for another exciting contest. Things are going to be somewhat different -- and a bit more fun -- this time around though! Here's what we're going to be giving away to the lucky winners. Yes, that's winners with an "s"... 1st place - Blizzard Radeon X1900 XTX 2nd place - Radeon X1800 XT 3rd place - Radeon X1600 PRO AGP 4th place - Radeon X1300 And we've also got about 10 t-shirts for to give away to other participants as well. This contest is going to take place in two stages. For the details, please check out this thread in our forum. Thanks, and good luck to you all!  ... Read more...
**Update: Sapphire re-branded this product the Toxic Radon X1900 XTX after our review was published. Sapphire has been one of ATI's premier board partners for quite some time now. Their products tend to be very similar to those available directly from ATI themselves, but Sapphire does take additional steps to differentiate their offerings with unique accessory and software bundles, and occasionally unique cooling solutions. In the past, we've reviewed a couple of Sapphire's passively cooled "Ultimate Edition" cards and have also evaluated a few products in their "Toxic" family of products that feature oversized air coolers. Today though, we're going to take... Read more...
IGN has apparently received some final specifications for Nintendo's upcoming Revolution gaming console. Surprisingly, the Revolution's "Broadway" CPU will be clocked at an underwhelming 729MHz and the "Hollywood" GPU will be clocked at 243MHz. Compared with previous generation consoles, the Revolution fares extremely well. However, in the midst of Xbox 360 and PS3 the Revolution seems to be too conservative to be any threat at all for hardcore (adult) gamers and appears to be more like a GameCube 2. Looking at the small footprint and size of the case, it's no wonder we have low clock speeds as heat is surely an issue. Insiders... Read more...
Good evening all.  Yes, it's very late, but I just got back in from some St. Patrick's Day festivities, and found an interesting package waiting in the NY lab. There was something in the box that I know many of you would like to see...               What you're looking at here is Sapphire's brand-new Blizzard Radeon X1900 XTX. This card's "out-of-box" specifications don't differ from other Radeon X1900 XTXs, but as you can see it sports a unique, self-contained liquid cooling apparatus. The cooler is comprised of a pure copper GPU water block and radiator, with an adjustable transparent blue LED fan rated at 18/26dBA at... Read more...
Hello Everyone! DRUM-ROLL BOYS AND GIRLS! Say congratulations to: John "xtremeskier97" Mizzell !!! and Alan "Der Meister" Campbell !!! They are our Sapphire Radeon X800GTO2 Special Edition Give-Away Winners! Enjoy boys! Cards on the way, modded out of the box and ready to rock! And a big thanks to Sapphire for sponsoring the contest and giving back to the HH community!  ... Read more...
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