Thursday, January 11th 2007

Asus working on dual Radeon X1950 Pro as well

Sapphire will not be the only one with a dual X1950 Pro card out there. Asus is working on one as well. The design is completely different and sports two PCBs which are connected, instead of packing everything on a single board. The EAX1950 Pro Dual clocks the Radeon X1950 Pro GPUs at 581MHz and 256MB of GDDR3 memory at 1404MHz. No price or release date has been mentioned.

Source: X-bit labs
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19 Comments on Asus working on dual Radeon X1950 Pro as well

#1
technicks
Whoo baby that thing looks hot.:rockout:

The card's getting so big that in the near future we gonna need a case for the videocard alone.LOL
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#2
xylomn
i wonder how much this'll cost :rolleyes:
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#3
technicks
I think they are going to be $350 when released.

Oh it's a Asus one make it $400.:laugh:
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#4
jocksteeluk
that looks like a monster of a card but for the lack of dx10 and the no doubt high energy demand would stop me buying one of these
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#5
InfDamarvel
ahh two 1950pros in crossfire already perform like a 1950XTX so unless this card outperforms that its completely useless.
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#6
tkpenalty
HOLY SHITE THAT LOOKS MAD... Its a GX2 clone-released at the right time!!! With the right cooling! And it has a full speed Crossfire!!! It uses DVI Crossfire, you can tell, looking at it, Two DVIs and one Analog... wow...

This is battering the GX2 again. Funny that it will be cheaper than the X1950XTX though.
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newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
They are going the way of NVidia with the 7900GX2 style.

technicks said:

The card's getting so big that in the near future we gonna need a case for the videocard alone.LOL
http://www.nvidia.com/page/quadroplex.html :wtf:
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tkpenalty
newtekie1 said:
They are going the way of NVidia with the 7900GX2 style.



http://www.nvidia.com/page/quadroplex.html :wtf:
But they are doing it properly this time. Proper cooling i mean, look at the GX2's crappy cooling, its god damn aluminium tubes with a tiny, whiny fan.
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newtekie1
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tkpenalty said:
But they are doing it properly this time. Proper cooling i mean, look at the GX2's crappy cooling, its god damn aluminium tubes with a tiny, whiny fan.
It got the job done, personally the fact that this doesn't appear to exhaust out the back of the case worries me.
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tkpenalty
newtekie1 said:
It got the job done, personally the fact that this doesn't appear to exhaust out the back of the case worries me.
Yeh... why couldn't they use heatpipes or migrate the connector to the rear?

Basically this X1950X2 PRO = 2 GPUs, you can probably use the top card on a normal PCI-E slot if you had a proper motherboard. Its good that it uses heatpipes though because the slot is blocking airflow.

EDIT: You can use the first card's slot as a Riser card FTW!!! a Daisy chain of the bottom half of these X1950 PROS FTW!!!
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#11
Wile E
Power User
newtekie1 said:
It got the job done, personally the fact that this doesn't appear to exhaust out the back of the case worries me.
If you have proper ventilation, it's no big worry. I have an Accelero X2 on my X1800, and chipset temps only increased by 2C. I think it was worth it, but I guess it does come down to your individual setup and personal preference.
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#12
tvdang7
whats the advantages and dis about both?
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#13
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
This thing is a beast and beautiful. I would probably go sapphire's rout, as its the smarter solution and probably less expensive one. Though Asus did rehash a good GPU to mock the 7950 GX2. Now, if they make these where you can run them in a CF type setup, 4 GPUS ::drool:::rockout:
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#14
Zubasa
I wonder why they need to put 2 PCBs together.....
The X1650XT Dual is already a single PCB with 2 cores....

Seems like that ASUS isn't good enough to make them on 1 card, making sandwiches isn't that tasty after all.
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#15
OnBoard
Why would you even but memorysinks on the memory, when you can't but them on ALL.. Sometimes these engineers feel so stupid it hurts to even think about it. Leave them bare or make a bend on the heatpipes, so that some aluminium/copper fits under there and use a single block memorysink, that has fins there where they fit.
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#16
desertjedi
IMHO, what a waste. Does the card provide double the power of a single card? Absolutely not. It simply glues two cards together and you're still stuck using Crossfire crap. Or in the case of the GX2, SLI crap.

When are these companies going to incorporate multiple GPUs on a single card and integrate these GPUs at the hardware level or a "firmware" level far below the driver level. This is way overdue. Instead they "integrate" the gpus at the driver level leading to buggy implementation, sketchy compatibility and questionable performance gains.

By implementing "SLI/CF" at the hardware level you would think there would be a theoretical doubling (or very close to) of performance and it would work on every 3D game ever made as the game software would never know that mutliple GPUs were doing the rendering.
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newtekie1
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I don't know about this card, but the GX2 did exactly that. SLI was implemented entirely on the card, the computer picked it up as a single card.
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#18
Random Murderer
The Anti-Midas
does this mean that quad cf is in the works over at amd labs? hmmmmmmmm....
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#19
Grings
newtekie1 said:
I don't know about this card, but the GX2 did exactly that. SLI was implemented entirely on the card, the computer picked it up as a single card.
yes, but in non sli enabled games, it only used 1 chip, and performed slightly worse than 1 7900gt (due to the gx2's lower clocks)
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