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ATI Radeon X1950 PRO Shootout (AGP)

ATI Radeon X1950 PRO Shootout (AGP)



The GeCube Radeon X1950 PRO 256MB

The GeCube Radeon X1950 PRO 256MB

Thanks to a large non-reference heatsink made of solid copper, the GeCube Radeon X1950 PRO is easily the heaviest of the bundle. Don't let the slim single slot cooler deceive you for it outweighs the other two-slot cards. Unlike some of the trendy ones nowadays, there are no heat pipes and it relies solely on its copper base and aluminum fins to cool both the core and the memory chips. Unfortunately, the noise emitted was also quite noticeable and if there were a phrase to describe the whole experience, 'old school' would be appropriate.

GeCube has clocked this AGP version of the Radeon X1950 PRO at the standard 575MHz for the core and 1380MHz DDR for the memory, but while the specifications are identical, the board layout looks slightly more cramped than the PCIe version. Then there is also the essential Rialto chip at the back of the card, which makes AGP possible.

Packed within the brown cardboard box, we found a decent if modest selection of accessories and software. You may be disappointed to find that there are no games included, but given GeCube's relatively more affordable stance, it's fortunate that there's still a standard CyberLink DVD playback application bundled. The accessories too were adequate if not overly generous, though that was consistent with GeCube's usual bundles. Here's what we found:

  • 1 x DVI-to-VGA adaptor
  • 6-pin Molex power connector
  • 9-pin mini-DIN to S-Video/Composite dongle
  • 9-pin mini-DIN to Component dongle
  • User manual
  • Driver CD
  • CyberLink Power DVD 6.0