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PowerColor X1950PRO256AGP Radeon X1950PRO 256MB 256-Bit GDDR3 AGP 4X/8X Video Card

  • 256MB 256-Bit GDDR3
  • AGP 4X/8X
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • David P.
  • 7/28/2007 8:30:34 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsUpdate To My Earlier Post

Pros: Good card, if you can get it to work. Works with Via Apollo Pro266T based Supermicro P3TDDE motherboard under Windows XP with Catalyst 7.4 and Omega Driver 3.8.360 (Catalyst 7.4 based 3rd party driver). The Omega driver seems to work best.

Cons: Driver compatibility for my Via Apollo Pro266T chipset based motherboard (P3TDDE) is dismal. Catalyst 7.4 under Windows XP is the only configuration I can get to work. None of ATIs Vista drivers to date (up to Catalyst 7.7) will work with my motherboard and Windows XP drivers beyond Catalyst 7.4 (up to Catalyst 7.7 at this time) also don't work with motherboard.

Other Thoughts: Folks with Via Apollo Pro 266T chipsets should probably be wary of this one due to poor driver support. If yo're running Windows XP and you don't mind being stuck at Catalyst 7.4, then this might be a OK choice. I'm currently using the 3rd party Omega Driver v3.8.360 which is based on the Catalyst 7.4 driver and it seems to work quite well for Windows XP so far. Oh, and if I were to do it again, I'd probably consider moving to the 512MB version, especially if you're interested in doing GPU Hardware based folding.

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  • David P.
  • 6/10/2007 8:48:38 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsMixed Feelings on this one...

Pros: Best performance potential among all the available AGP cards I know of at this time. Installed on my Windows XP system with little trouble and ran impressively with rock solid performance/stability.

Cons: Got so excited about how well it ran under Windows XP that I ran out and bought a copy of Windows Vista for my system. Without changing any hardware, I did a fresh Windows Vista istall. Seemed to go well until I installed the ATI drivers for Vista. On reboot following the driver install, the system locks up at a black/blank screen just before the login should be displayed. System locks up like this every time I boot. Tried every version of the driver I could get (up to the current Catalyst version 7.5) and they either did this or BSOD'd on me! Not a happy customer!!! Had to re-install my old slower card under Vista to get running, so at this point I have to decide whether to shelve my copy of Vista or this videocard. And, yes, all my drivers and such are up to date... Not cool for a product that claims "Certified for Windows Vista" on the box!

Other Thoughts: Bought Windows Vista with the intention of passing my old Windows XP license down to my kid's system. Probably should have stuck with another Windows XP license instead; however, the HDCP support of the X1950Pro lured me into trying Vista. Anyone considering this card for Windows Vista might want to think twice as the ATI drivers might be only "half-baked" at this point and it's not clear to me when the problems will be resolved. Anxiously awaiting the next ATI driver release...

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  • Adam D.
  • 4/23/2007 9:57:59 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice unit and quiet

Pros: Good quality build, not heavy like people described (my old Apollo 6800 was several ounces heavier and only a single slot design).

Cooler does excellent job...only a few degree difference between idle and load. Cooler fan is pretty quiet, nothing quieter in the x1950 AGP class....

Cons: Cooler doesn't exaust air out back of case, but directly on to MB....why oh why did they design it like this?

Other Thoughts: I'm a little pev'd cuz they didn't have a 512mb version when I ordered this one...now they do...ahh well! :)

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  • Isaac K.
  • 4/19/2007 7:16:17 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: One of the best cards I ever owend. Very fast. I am running a 3.0GZ Single Core. This card should help my system last for another year.

Cons: Very expensive for AGP.

Other Thoughts: Would recommend this card to anybody who has a motherboard with AGP and wants there system to last for a year or two.

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  • Murray Z.
  • 4/19/2007 5:53:27 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsI like it like that...

Pros: Fast and decent price. Currently running two flat panels. One 19" and one 32". (running at 2560x1600)

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Even received my rebate after sending in my DNA sample to Powercolor. :)

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  • John C.
  • 3/29/2007 8:31:38 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs9800 Pro Killer

Pros: I play old games and my FPS instantly doubled. I don't expect SLI-like power but this is good for those that aren't ready to drop the $$$ for PCI-E.

Cons: None.

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  • Greg A.
  • 3/23/2007 4:57:50 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat card!!

Pros: i upgraded from a 9800 pro 128mb and right away i noticed a difference! i can now max out all of my games and consantly run around 45 fps. This should hold me over until i get a new pc this summer.

Cons: none!

Other Thoughts: a very very quite card. i went from a 920 to a 3656 on 3dmark06. (P4 3.2 1 gig ram)

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  • Todd F.
  • 3/20/2007 5:48:52 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery quiet, very cool!!!!

Pros: Cool and quiet.

Cons: It's a bit large and overclocking is not as simple as using ATItool.

Other Thoughts: Best AGP hands down.

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  • Jose G.
  • 3/17/2007 11:35:19 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCool, Quiet, and Fast

Pros: Keeps cool and quiet and is very fast. After careful review of this and other products, i chose this one for the speed and stability. I had no idea how cool this would run though. The Artic Cooling is a must and a plus! I thought I was having problems with card due to some stability and crashing problems, but I found out later half of my problem was the drivers the other half was the game i was playing. Splinter Cell 4. After I fixed the driver issues everything ran fairly good with sc4, but still had some issues with it. the problem was the game not the card. the game has too many bugs! I ended up ordering an HIS version of the X1950 Pro before i realized what the problem was, and noticed a big difference in temp when i ran the HIS compared to the Powercolor. It usually ran 20c hotter and higher than the Powercolor. Even though the HIS is OC'd by default, it actually ran slower than the Powercolor, until I turned off the fast writes, then it was just a little slower than PowerColor

Cons: I had a hard time with the ATI Catalyst drivers. Would not give me the advanced features in Catalyst control panel, only the basic. I ended up switching to the Omega 7.1 drivers, which seem to do the job. They also come with ATI Tray Tools which is a great tool to have. I have used it primarily to monitor the temps and monitor the speed of the agp fan. After i installed the Omega drivers I still kept getting some crashes and freeze ups, so i ended up removing my graphic drivers with driver cleaner pro, and then reinstalled the omega drivers fresh and had no problems since. Also I had to turn fast writes off to keep stable, but was able to stay running at 8X, although I tested it running at 4X and it wasnt that much of a difference in speed.

Other Thoughts: I ended up buying a new PS due to the comments made by various people. I got the PC Power and Cooling Silencer 610 due to it's powerful single rail 49A continuos. I think the Powercolor recommends at least 30A but doesnt specify if it is max or continous. I read a review that recommended going with anything that has at LEAST a 30A continous on the 12V to avoid any crashes and freeze up and to maximize stability with this or any high end graphics card. This the last stand for AGP for me until i upgrade my system in a year. It is a great card and will run any game out there with ease.

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  • Timothy W.
  • 3/4/2007 10:34:26 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggsHas display errors relating to drivers on certain systems

Pros: Very fast card--upgraded from a GF 6800 XT, now able to max settings on FEAR, HL2, Titan Quest, and more at 12x10 resolution. Cooler is great too--runs around 38C idle, ~57 at load.

Cons: Seems that the Catalyst drivers, whether included on CD or downloaded from ATi's website, cause some errors for some systems. Installation of new drivers would cause a lockup at at Windows start, subsequent attempts to restart would either lock up or restart with the monitor resolution at 640x400 @ 4 bit color. Attempts to change this would fail, despite updating all BIOS/chipset/monitor drivers. Had to go with Omega 7.1 unofficial drivers to gain any functionality, and AGP bus speed had to be reduced to 4x with fastwrites disabled.

Other Thoughts: Did a full wipe of my hard drive 2 times, to no avail. Omega 7.1 is working decently for me right now, but there are still occasionally a few startup errors. From what I've read in other reviews, we who own Gigabyte mobos seem to be suffering the most, probably because ATi didn't write their drivers to accomodate us very well. I've opened tickets with ATi's and Powercolor's customer support in hopes that maybe they'll have the answer--going to have to wait until Monday to get a response though, ugh. I'm hoping their next driver corrects the issue or I'm probably going to have to go back to Nvidia--at least their drivers worked properly.

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