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Digital-Daily : Video : x1950gt_512_palit

A smashing hit by Palit - Radeon X1950GT Super 512 MB

A smashing hit by Palit - Radeon X1950GT Super 512 MB
Author: Dmitry Sofronov
Date: 27.02.2007

We are introducing a much promising novelty - X1950GT. That ATI/AMD has dubbed it as X1950GT is in fact nothing more than the well-known Radeon X1950Pro but with the frequencies somehow reduced. In fact, this move will let ATI/AMD strengthen its grounds in the mid-end because the recommended price of the novelty is set at $169, which is lower than $199 for Radeon X1950Pro. For us, regular buyers, that means a real gift because the "lack" of frequencies can be easily made up for through overclocking, and the extra 256 MB of memory will let comfortably play even the most demanding modern games. This is what we are going to see today.

As a specimen of X1950GT, we took a video card by Palit.

Palit X1950GT 512MB, front side of the box

The box is brightly styled. We've seen enough of monsters so far, but the combat techno-toad on the box of X1950GT looks a bit out of place, the video card is not going to cost a lot, so you'll be able to part with that money.

Palit X1950GT 512MB, reverse side of the box

The reverse side of the box presents a multilingual description of the video card's specifications, also pretty relative.

Palit X1950Pro 512MB, front side of the box

If you think we placed the photo of the box one more time by mistake, take a closer look - this box is one for Radeon X1950 Pro and not GT. The boxes indeed make difference in only the suffixes in the names of the video cards, whereas all the remaining items, including the package bundle, is identical.

Package bundle:

  • a quick setup guide
  • DVI/D-SUB adapter
  • power supply adapter
  • HDTV-out adapter
  • S-Video cable
  • A drivers CD
  • a disk with Spell Force 2 Shadow Wars

Palit X1950GT 512MB, overall view

It would be reasonable to expect that X1950GT will use the same PCB design as its higher-end brethren X1950Pro. But Palit video cards use a PCB design that is different from the reference design. This applies to both X1950GT and X1950Pro.

Palit X1950GT 512MB, rear view

Since these two video cards look like two peas, you can tell them apart only by the sticker of the reverse side of the PCB. As you can see, this is indeed a X1950GT with 512 MB onboard video memory.

Palit X1950GT 512MB, front view, with the cooler removed

With the cooler removed, the PCB surface of Palit X1950GT looks somehow empty. There are no pads for video capture chips, with the power supply system is built in the "old way", whereas reference video card X1950Pro already use a digital power management system.

Palit X1950GT 512MB, cooler

The cooler chills solely the video processor and looks very simple – an aluminum radiator painted red, plus a regular fan which you can see on CPU coolers. All that is closed by a red plastic housing. Despite the minimum items used in the design, the cooler does its job perfectly and doesn't make noise at even the maximum RPM rate.

Palit X1950GT 512MB, video chip

The video chip is again the same RV570 which we have seen many times by now. The recommended frequency of the video processor for X1950GT is 500 MHz, at which it runs on Palit X1950GT. On the other hand, the recommended frequency of the video chip for X1950Pro, as you remember, equals 580 MHz.

Palit X1950GT 512MB, video memory

The overall capacity of the video memory is 512 MB assembled with eight DDR3 chips made by Qimonda (formerly, a division of Infineon). These chips are designed for the nominal frequency 1400 MHz DDR, but the factual operating frequency is set to 1200 MHz DDR, as recommended by ATI/AMD. Clearly, this leaves a good margin for overclocking. That's what we are up to just now.

Content:

  • Page 1 - Exterior. Package bundle. Features
  • Page 2 - Overclocking. Test is "synthetics" and arcades
  • Page 3 - Tests in shooter games. Final Words




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