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HIS Radeon X1950XT IceQ3 Turbo

Manufacturer: Hightech Information System
Supplied by:
Hightech Information System
Street Price: $290.00

by Dean Barker  (12/27/2006)

Introduction

The division between low, middle and the high end video cards is murky at best.  You have a true spectrum of products on the market that offer performance and price to fit most anyone's needs.  The trouble is, that with the blurring of the lines it is often hard to decide "should I spend another $40 and get a ...?"  That's the question that typically crosses my mind. 

ATi's Radeon line offers lots of possibilities that are enriched further by HIS and their IceQ3 coolers and factory overclocked cards (Turbo).  The big winners at the moment for the best bang for the buck are the GeForce 7900 GS and the Radeon X1950 Pro.  Both cards offer gobs of performance at a reasonable price.  But what about the Radeon X1950XT for 'just that little bit more'?  What can you expect for your pixel popping dollar?  The people at Hightech Information System have set us up with one of their X1950XT cards in their IceQ3 and Turbo trim to attempt and address that very question.

The other brother

The best place to start is to look at exactly how does the X1950XT separates itself from its little brother and its even faster X1950XTX sibling.  The X1950XT is based on the R580 core as is the XTX version.  This means 16 pixel pipelines instead of the 12 found on the X1950 Pro.  Actually, the XT is very much like the XTX version except for the XTX's no holds barred GDDR4 memory where the rest of the Radeon line carries the GDDR3.  The HIS Turbo version of the X1950XT even boosts a core clock speed of 650MHz identical to that of the XTX but at a significantly lower price.  Instead of listing out our test card's specs, we are going to do a little copy/paste action from HIS's website showing the differences between the X1950XT IceQ3 Turbo we have on the bench today and the X1950XTX, the vanilla X1950XT and the X1950 Pro.

Specs and more

Model Name

HIS X1950XT IceQ3 Turbo Dual DL-DVI VIVO 256MB GDDR3

HIS X1950XTX Dual DL-DVI VIVO 512MB GDDR4

HIS X1950Pro IceQ3 Turbo Dual DL-DVI VIVO 256MB GDDR3

HIS X1950XT Dual DL-DVI VIVO 256MB GDDR3

Chipset

Radeon X1950 PCIe Series

Radeon X1950 PCIe Series

Radeon X1950 PCIe Series

Radeon X1950 PCIe Series

ASIC

R580+

R580+

RV570

R580+

Pixel Pipelines

16

16

12

16

Vertex Engines

8

8

8

8

Manu. Process (Micron)

90nm

90nm

 

90nm

Memory Size(MB)

256

512

256

256

Memory Type

GDDR3

GDDR4

GDDR3

GDDR3

RAMDAC (MHz)

400 Dual

400 Dual

400 Dual

400 Dual

Engine CLK (MHz)

650

650

620 (Turbo)

625

Memory CLK (MHz)

1800

2000

1480

1800

Memory Interface (bit)

256

256

256

256

Memory Bandwidth

57.6GB/s

64GB/s

47.4GB

57.6GB/s

Maximum Resolution

2560x1600

2560x1600

2560x1600

2560x1600

Bus Interface

PCIe

PCIe

PCIe

PCIe

VGA

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

2nd VGA

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

DVI

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

2nd DVI

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

TV-out

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

HDTV (YPrPb component output)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Video-in

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

TV Tuner

No

No

No

No

FM Tuner

No

No

No

No


NEXT

Pg 1 - Introduction
Pg 2 - What you get / The Card
Pg 3 - The Card / Performance
Pg 4 - Performance Graphs
Pg 5 - Image Quality / Overclocking / Conclusion


 



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