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Gainward Radeon X1950 PRO Golden Sample 512MB review

Gainward Radeon X1950 PRO 512MB Golden Sample

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Gainward Goes Red

Gainward Goes Red

Everyone knows about Amazon.com, the giant online retailer that has almost anything you want, from books to music to even groceries. When it comes to the hardware that makes tech enthusiasts go wobbly at the knees, the equivalent has to be Newegg. Naturally it has also become one of our main sources for product pricing and availability. It was also where we first turned to when we wanted a rough estimate of how ATI's Radeon X1950 PRO was doing in the retail market.

Our gut feeling was that the Radeon X1950 PRO was faring reasonably well in the market but of course, we had to have at least some market figures to back that up. So off to Newegg we went and the ATI reference Radeon X1950 PRO was actually on the retailer's top sellers list. It wasn't clear if its list was ranked in order, but the Radeon X1950 PRO was on the first page of that list and the eighth entry from the top (at the point of writing this article). That certainly seems to suggest that sales of the card should be quite respectable. There were also up to 20 different models of the Radeon X1950 PRO available on Newegg, only slightly lesser than the 22 entries for its main rival, the NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GS. That seems to be an indication of the popularity and availability of this graphics card among many vendors, which is quite unlike the previous SKUs where we've seen offerings only from the usual ATI add-in-board (AIB) partners.

And the list of vendors offering the Radeon X1950 PRO is set to increment by one more, as ATI seems to have managed to get Gainward onboard this bandwagon. It's quite the coup as Gainward has only ever sold NVIDIA products. Whatever the reasons for joining the ATI fold, ATI fans will now get to experience the vendor's daring, overclocked Golden Sample graphics cards. In fact, we have just that card in our labs now and as we expected, Gainward has bolstered the reference Radeon X1950 PRO - it's overclocked and has 512MB of DDR3 memory. Here's a look at the striking Golden Sample version of the Radeon X1950 PRO from Gainward: