Although it's a bit disappointing for the very first time I saw it by using a single slot card cooler, it does help in installing this card. The cables are quite thin, quite nice.
A few things that I should note is, it only has 6-pin power input means that this card is quite power-savvy which is really amaze me so I can keep my 400W pure power PSU.
This card is still based on a downgraded R580 core, and as I expected, this card performs great in almost every game I played with high setting. According to my FRAPS FPS counter, this card can get an average around 70-75 FPS in HL2 Lost Coast. So I think this X1950PRO is still the best bang for the bucks. :)
Sapphire Radeon X1950PRO
The card supports 256Mb of DDR3 speed Memory, with a PCI-E interface. Installation was simple removed old card and replaced with new card powered up and installed new drivers , didnt use the sapphire install disk but tend to use the ATI drivers direct from their website.
When I brought the card I was looking for a relatively decent priced card for use with gaming and usual desktop performance. The card is robust with a quiet full length cooling fan which is adequate for my system due to sufficient case cooling. The card supports windows Vista fully so when I brave the upgrade will try that out, works okay on vista beta 2 though.
The card is a Radeon 1950 core, which has the following features.
36 pixel shader processors
8 vertex shader processors
Crossfire supported 24 bit connection
Full direct X 9 support
Shader model 3 and full pixel shader support
Open GL 2.0 support.
Avivo video and display engine
Okay the interesting stuff, Gaming speed difference, before I was using a radeon x500pro 128MB ddr ram. My first choice was revving up my Farcry settings before I used to achieve 39 frames per second at 1600x1200, Sapphire beefed this up to a meaty 87 frames per second with an ultra smoothness and more lifelike surroundings water looked surreal and even frag damage from bullets looked smoother.
Next test was Just Cause; my old card performed a poor 32 frames a second at 1600x1200 resolutions with an amazing increase to 93frames per second at the same resolution. So the upgrade for just £ 101 pound was a good increase for my gaming needs only concern was the sharp edging around the card when trying to insert into PCI-e slot as needed a little persuasion. The cooling is good as it covers all of the heat sink and ram so its effective and quiet.
Crossfire is supported to attached to of these 1950 pros together to double your gaming needs and take u up to another level
Targeting the adrenaline-addicted minds of the avid gamers with jaw-dropping performance, Sapphire delivers enthusiast-class features to the mainstream with the Radeon X1950 PRO. The Sapphire X1950 PRO promises to awaken the senses and free the imagination from the shackles of PC hardware limitations while remaining affordable. The Sapphire family of products is synonymous with extreme performance and reliability. The Sapphire X1950 PRO makes for a welcome addition to the family with its robust hardware offerings such as: the industry acclaimed X1950 GPU, GDDR3 onboard memory, CrossFire support, DirectX and OpenGL acceleration along with enhanced support for the Windows Vista 3D environment. Experience the price vs. performance champion with the Sapphire X1950 PRO!