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SAPPHIRE 100171L Radeon X1950PRO 512MB 256-Bit GDDR3 AGP 4X/8X HDCP Ready Video Card

  • 512MB 256-Bit GDDR3
  • AGP 4X/8X
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How powerful are the new X1950 Graphic Processor Unit video cards? "Better check to see if your power supply can handle it" powerful, and that's no exaggeration! Some of the new boards require PCI Express; this board lets those of us with an AGP 4x/8x slot play, too.

Not that this is a second-class citizen in Video World, with half a gigabyte of memory, 256 bit wide memory interface, a 1.4 GHz memory clock (580 MHz GPU clock), High Dynamic Range (HDR) displays for even more realistic imagery, and a maximum resolution of 2560 x 1600. Two DVI ports and an HDTV/S-Video output give display flexibility (think of your favorite application on your big screen tv!) and the large fan keeps it cool without busting your eardrums.

Speed and power. Brilliance, high contrast, and vivid colors. The versatility to plug it into your monitor, your tv, or your video projector. You're going to like what you see.

  • newegg Ultra-threaded Engine The Radeon X1950 PRO's ultra-threaded engine features 36 individual pixel shader processors to support up to 384 simultaneous pixel threads. It is fully hardware compliant with Microsoft DirectX 9.0 Shader Model 3.0 programmable vertex and pixel shaders, so you can experience HDR and advanced anti-aliasing effects for incredible enhancements to lighting contour and color detail.
  • newegg HDR-Enabled with FSAA Enjoy silky-smooth 3D gameplay with the ATI Radeon X1K family's exclusive support for HDR (High Dynamic Range) with FSAA (Full Screen Anti Aliasing) enabled.
  • newegg ATI Avivo ATI Avivo sets the bar for advanced imaging and video quality. Integrated into ATI's latest generation of graphics products, ATI Avivo delivers HDTV and next-generation HD disc capabilities with vibrant, sharp images, and the smoothest video playback ever offered by ATI. ATI Avivo also enables universal, professional-quality connectivity for TVs and displays, ensuring the ultimate digital entertainment experience on your PC.
  • newegg Windows Vista Ready ATI is working in partnership with Microsoft to unlock the potential of the new Windows Aero 3D desktop using ATI's high performance graphics processors, including the Radeon X1950 RRO. Don't let graphics be a barrier to a premium experience - upgrade to ATI. Windows Vista, powered by ATI, is a new visual dimension for business and personal computing.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Geronimo C.
  • 11/20/2007 9:37:25 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsImpressive

Pros: Plays BF2 without Anti-Aliasing but, all other settigns are on high. I own two other Sapphire cards. The 9800pro Atlantis and the 2600XT. All three are agp running windows xp. NOTE: Not all functional powers available between vista and xp.
I am happy with the results for Call of Duty 2 and VALVe games/ new and old.

Cons: Watch that LCD overdrive. The card will malfunction. I will replace my card. Thank you new egg.
LCD overdrive is ment for clan matches. Around thirty minutes. Not a special sitting of four hours or more.
Be carefull because the LCD overdrive does not shut off like the overclocking and memory overclocking.

Other Thoughts: Great card and I wish to install it into my classic EM64T. I own a socket 478 as well. The 478 has my 2600XT. I keep the Atlantis 9800pro in the box. I make mistakes and that card has been my back up since 2004. Sapphire is good, yes?

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  • Sean I.
  • 11/19/2007 6:10:39 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAMAZING!!!

Pros: I was a little skeptical about this before I got it. I had a FX5600 and the difference with this can't even be explained with words. Games that were not even playable before are all maxed out and running smooth now. Crysis runs great and all my old games look 10 times better :) Newegg Rocks!!!

Cons: None thus far. Lots of people complain about the drivers for these cards but i had no problems what so ever. Very easy install and upgraded to Catalyst 7.10 suite and it runs perfect.

Other Thoughts: Im sure my system is holding the true power of this card back. Windows XP32, P4 @ 3gh, 2 gigs kingston Hyper X, sound blaster audigy se, 200g sata 150, x1950pro agp. Still very happy and this will def last a while till i have to build a new system.

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  • James D.
  • 11/18/2007 6:59:03 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsGreat card for AGP users!

Pros: 1. Shader 3 lets you play newer games like Bioshock.
2. great performance in all games and in 2D.
3. Best card out there for AGP mobos.

Cons: Been said before, but this card is a monster. I had to move my 2 hard drives and it is still really jammed. Needs decent power supply so be warned if you have something weak. Worked just fine with my Antec 480.

Other Thoughts: Great card. Replaced my x800 xt pe with this card. Bioshock looks fantastic. Use new Cat drivers from website not the cd. A great buy for anyone still using a AGP mobo who wants to play current games.

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  • Irina C.
  • 11/16/2007 8:06:24 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggswell worth the money

Pros: Great video card! 580mhz easily over clocked to 620, which showed a nice big fps boost. Ran Bioshock MAX settings, full AA at a Locked 60fps. Flatout 2 max settings and AA, 60 fps locked. S.T.A.L.K.E.R, Toca race Driver 3, Xpan Rally Xtreme, NFS Carbon, F.E.A.R., Doom 3, Enemy Territory Quake Wars, BF2, Counter Strike series and even Dark messiah of Migh and Magic all give a solid 60fps at max settings and full AA. Colin Mcrae Dirt max settings and full AA gave me about 25 fps. Oblivion max would be anywhere from 35-60fps (depending on if i was indoors or out). Keep in mind these were all tested on 1280x1024.

Cons: it is long, but it WILL fit in a mini tower case. i don't advise it, but it can be done. Just PLEASE make sure your power supply can support it (mid range computers like Dell and Gateway's CAN'T)

Other Thoughts: If you enjoy playing games listed above or similar, then this hands down is the card for you! And you can always count on newegg to deliver it within the week! Also great for playing HDDVD's on my 32" LCD.

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/12/2007 1:49:31 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWOW

Pros: I have both versions of this card (AGP and PCI-E). I didn't realize how fast this card was until I decide to boycott Intel due to their over priced Core 2 Duo E6600 processor. This AGP card was originally installed in a ASROCK 775Dual-VSTA with a Pentium D 940 Processor. I got tired of Intel's high prices and over rated processors so I switched to the AMD AM2 platform. Unfortunately the AM2 motherboard I purchased didn't have a AGP slot so I had to pull the PCI-E card out of my ASROCK 939Dual-VSTA and switch cards. After I install this card in my 939Dual-VSTA along with the ULi AGP Driver and the 7.10 driver from ATI, I was dumbfounded when I fired up Oblivion. The game came to life. The occasionally pauses are gone and the frame rate never drops below 24 FPS outside with everything on high detail. Overall the AGP card runs 5 frames faster then it's PCI-E counterpart and never pauses.

Cons: None except for Requiring two 4 pin Molex connections on separate 12 volt rails.

Other Thoughts: I was grateful that the AM2 Motherboard that I received was DOA because I didn't want to jump on the PCI-E Express. I'm replacing it with a ASROCK AM2NF-3-VSTA from UK, which has a AGP slot along with AM2+ Compatibility. I thought that AGP and PCI-E 16X was about the same but I had no ideal that AGP was much, much better.
Whoever invented the PCI-E slot must have been ret@rded along with all the motherboard manufactures who keep putting those useless PCI-E 1X slots on motherboards.
If I was a motherboard manufacture, I would put a AGP Pro Slot along with a ISA slot for complete backwards compatibility instead of a bunch of useless PCI-E 1X slots.
I can't wait until AMD/ATI puts out those 3850 AGP cards. I heard it supposed to blow the dust off Nvidia's 8800 for half the price. If these AGP cards are as good as they say they are, it may turn the market around to where motherboard manufactures will install a 8x AGP slot right next to the PCI-E 16X slot or right between a Crossfire s

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  • William R.
  • 11/12/2007 12:52:51 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid performance

Pros: This card is simply the best investment that I have ever made for my pc. I had a friend recommend it. He also told me to buy a Zalman VF900 along with it. I am not sure if using the external fan, plugged into the mobo. makes the difference when it comes to power consumption or not. It might take some of the drain off the 2 4-pin connectors that this card requires. So far, this card works fine on my old case p.s. After reading the reviews though, I am buying a 530W p.s. to upgrade from my currently working 330W, just to be safe. I am pleased that ATI has a real performer for AGP. Like I said, the best performance investment I've made.

Cons: It is very long but it does fit in my tower. By adding the zalman, it takes up 2 slots worth of space. I had the room to make it work though.

Other Thoughts: Just do the research first and you should be fine.

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  • Charles R.
  • 11/12/2007 5:09:03 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsx1950Pro SAPPHIRE ROCKS!!!!!!

Pros: Remarkable Power For Agp has lots or "RAW POWER" Ive been playing "The Witcher" wich was reason for getting card and the grahpics are just AWSOME!!!!!!!

Cons: I Would Suggest Getting at Least 550 Watt PS Its Very POWERHUNGRY!!!

Other Thoughts: Im Running A 939pin venice 3500+AMD CPU 1Gig Elixer Matched Mem Asus A8V Deluxe Motherboard
80Gig WD HD AND I PLAN ON MAKING NEWEGG RICH WITH MORE OF MY PURCHASES!!

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  • Daniel G.
  • 11/8/2007 9:50:02 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsHappy so far

Pros: Upgraded from x800xl immediate 3dmarks05rk scores once I overclock the CPU score went from overclocked graphics card score of 5400 to 8541 out of the box with the x1950pro. Running Athlon 4000+ San Diego not o/c .

Cons: This was the first graphics card I've had to connect 2 12v 4 pin connectors to it . Nowhere does it say that not in the instructions nor on Sapphires website . Only on the forum did I discover this . Kept crashing with only one as soon as a graphics app loaded and had me doubting my power supply . Which is a 480W Antec Truepower 2.0 with 2 18v rails and runs fine now that both are connected

Other Thoughts: I can only anticipate even higher 3dmarks once the CPU is overclocked . Consider the zalman video card fan

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/8/2007 5:33:27 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsnice boost

Pros: performance is great. Enough for my aging agp system. I can play almost everything on high settings

Cons: Very loud!! i had to overclocked my agp-pci bus(73-36Mhz) to gain 4165 3Dmarks06, on normal setting only 3300.

Other Thoughts: My System P4EE3.4Ghz ,PSU corsair hx520 ,ram 1Gb corsair 2-3-3-6 ,x1950pro 512Mb

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  • Nathan A.
  • 11/6/2007 7:56:55 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood Card, DO YOUR PSU RESARCH BEFORE BUYING

Pros: Wow, where to start.. I was pretty skeptical about upgrading my old machine, I built this pc so long ago I was worried about putting any money into it at all. But wow, this card went above expectations. My machine: Athlon XP Barton 2800+ 2GB Corsair XMS and with this card I can play bioshock on HIGH settings with 30-40 fps. Amazing upgrade, I can finally play all those new games with my friends :)

Cons: Power Power Power.. This card is VERY power hungry, don't let anyone fool you, you NEED a good PSU to run this card. Sapphiretech recommends 30 amps 450 watt PSU. I ended up having to get a new PSU for this card, my 500watt thermaltake dual 12v rails @ 15 & 14 amps was way underpowering this card. I thought I could get away with that but no way.. But the performance I was getting even with the underpowering PSU definitely warranted getting a nice PSU. Check out the Sapphire tech forums BEFORE buying, read all the posts about PSUs and such. Anyone that says they are running it on a garbage PSU is totally slowly killing the card if it somehow runs without problems in high performance situations, (read the sapphiretech forums about this card, seriously.. or you will regret it)

Other Thoughts: Like I said MAKE SURE you have a good PSU, if you don't you may end up spending another $150+ that you didn't intend on. Other than that, AMAZING card however, I ran 3Dmark06 with my old machine before and after putting this card in. AMD Athlon 2800+ 2GB Corsair XMS nvidia 5700LE and I got a grand total of 124.. after I tossed this card in, Brought it up to 3780 :D and thats with an underpowering PSU, but then again my old video card couldn't even run a good %70 of the tests. AGAIN DO YOUR RESEARCH ABOUT PSUS BEFORE BUYING. I ended up buying a PC Power & Cooling Silencer 610 for this card mostly because of the HUGE single 12v rail (49 amps) and I know this PSU means quality, and the fact I can use it in future upgrades even if I have to get one of those dedicated VGA PSUs :)

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