Sunday, December 17th 2006

VisionTek Introduces Immediate Availability of RADEON X1950PRO AGP


VisionTek Products, LLC, a leading supplier of advanced PC graphics cards, memory solutions and PC accessories, today announced the launch of their new X1950PRO AGP PC graphic card. The VisionTek X1950PRO AGP is currently available at Best Buy, Comp USA, other leading retailers and e-commerce locations.

VisionTek, a premium retail partner for North America of AMD’s ATI graphics division for North America, has created a new standard of excellence with the X1950PRO. VisionTek has reached new heights by offering the highest end ATI based AGP upgrade to date. “There are millions of high end PC users that have put significant investments in AGP systems over the years and they deserve the right to be a part of next generation technology.” remarked Jeff Hoeft, sr. director of product development for VisionTek, “The X1950PRO not only provides the most advanced AGP graphics upgrade in the market, but also provides full support for HD-DVD and Blu-ray DVD content.”

The X1950PRO is the newest high-end AGP graphics upgrade product in AMD’s ATI consumer graphics line. It boasts outstanding image quality resulting in the best looking games possible and supports the most incredible HD content available today. “VisionTek is committed to bringing new technology to market that meets a specific consumer demand.” commented Michael Innes, executive vice president of VisionTek, “AGP graphics card sales still dominate the PC upgrade market. The X1950PRO AGP launch at the largest US retailers demonstrates our continued dedication to bringing the best technology to the mass market.”

The Radeon X1950 family delivers uncompromised image quality and a pure HD viewing experience. Only AMD’s ATI graphics processors provide the ability to combine FP16 High Dynamic Range effects with anti-aliasing to render the most realistic game environments possible. Sharp texture filtering capabilities also ensure that every detail in every scene is rendered. The combination of high performance and image quality results in the most immersive graphics experience available today.

General specification and feature description of the VisionTek X1950PRO 256MB:
  • ATI RADEON X1950PRO Visual Processing Unit at 575MHz
  • Oversized Active Fansink
  • Single Slot Solution
  • Dual Link DVI x2
  • 256MB GDDR3 Memory @ 1.38 GHz/ 1380 MHz
  • 256-bit memory interface
  • 512-bit ring bus controller
  • AGP 8x
  • 90 nanometer GPU
  • Ultra threaded core 3D architecture
  • Avivo display enhancement technology
  • Shader model 3.0
  • DUAL DVI-I
  • Component HDTV YPbPr Output
  • S-Video and Composite Video TV-Out
For more information on the new VisionTek X1950PRO 256MB AGP, please click here.Source: VisionTek
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19 Comments on VisionTek Introduces Immediate Availability of RADEON X1950PRO AGP

#2
jocksteeluk
its quite amazing how much power they have been able to squeeze into an agp card, its quite obvious agp could have lasted alot longer
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#3
evil bill
aye, as has been commented on before the AGP bandwidth is equal to PCIe8 and it would be interesting to know how many cards actually utilise the full PCIe16 bandwidth
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#4
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Damn, I knew AGP still had life left in it. Im sure in a couple years, PCIe will be taken full advantage of, but right now AGP is still good. Had I know this was coming out AGP (as I was under the impression AGP was dead and no more AGP cards would be made) I would have stuck with my current mobo. Oh well, this is a dynamite card and Im sure priced reasonably well. In fact Best Buy has the PCIe version for 299.99 so Im assuming the AGP would be like 249.99. Not bad.

-The Eagle
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#5
TUngsten
Actually, BB had the pci-e x1950pro for $199 (on sale) and the agp card for $299 for the last 2 weeks.

Currently the sale is over and they are both $299
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#6
lucassp
90 nanometer GPU
isn't RV570 a 80nm GPU??
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#7
Jeffredo
Hmmm... It sounds like a nice card, but of the remaining AGP systems, how many are going to be bottlenecked by the CPU using a GPU like that? My system (Athlon64 3700+, socket 754 NForce3 250 MB, SATA 250 GB HD, 2GB PC3200 RAM) is pretty well matched with the Nvidia 7800 GS AGP I purchased last spring. I primarily play Oblivion and if I were crazy enough to sink even more money into an old system I doubt I would net more than a few FPS out of the game with the X1950 Pro AGP (since my CPU is bound to be holding it back). Just seems to make more sense to be working towards a new DX10 geared machine. I guess if you have an old 9800XT card and had never upgraded, maybe it would be O.K.. But if that's the case you should have when the 7800/7600 and 1650 Pros came out months ago. By now it seems kind of a wasted effort.
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#8
DaMulta
My stars went supernova
I have yet to see a AGP review so I'm still wondering if the AGP ver is as great as the PCi-E or even as close as it is.
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#9
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
ouch, 300 bucks. ::dies::

-the Eagle
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#10
Makaveli
yeah $300 is kinda steep, in canada the Ati PCI E version goes for $330, Yet the sapphire card is like $235 also PCI E, I've yet to see any of the AGP's version in store or online in canada
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#11
kakazza
I think the difference between AGP and PCIe with this card is close to 0.
Specs are the same and some AGP versions even have a higher clock rate.
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#12
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Wow, 235 from Sapphire, thats a gravy price. I wish they would charge more than 200 to 25o for the high end cards :(
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#13
jocksteeluk
by: Makaveli
yeah $300 is kinda steep, in canada the Ati PCI E version goes for $330, Yet the sapphire card is like $235 also PCI E, I've yet to see any of the AGP's version in store or online in canada
its possibly because its branded ATI collectors are pushing the prices up
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#14
ryboto
by: TUngsten
Actually, BB had the pci-e x1950pro for $199 (on sale) and the agp card for $299 for the last 2 weeks.

Currently the sale is over and they are both $299
Wow, that's ridiculous, the pcie cards have an msrp of $199, best buy is really ripping people off. I bought my sapphire x1950 pro for $199, and the asus one is like $185.
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#15
erocker
They have both the 256mb and 512mb versions of the AGP x1950 pro at zipzoomfly.com for something like 239.00 and 249.00 respectively but are currently backordered. I'm getting my 512mb version hopefully tomorrow.
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#16
aximbigfan
gee... look how long it is. i doubt that it would fit in my mid tower case...
**waits for perverted remarks**
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#18
tkpenalty
A northwood 3.2Ghz Core would be fine though.
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