Date: July 2nd, 2007
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Sapphire
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PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS (From Sapphire)
Targeting the adrenaline addicted minds of the avid gamers with jaw-dropping performance, Sapphire delivers enthusiast-class features to the mainstream with the ATI RADEON™ X1950 PRO. The SAPPHIRE ATI RADEON™ 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 are 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, 512MB of GDDR3 of onboard memory, 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!
Finally, someone found out that you don't have to have a monster retail box to sell a videocard. Kudos to Sapphire for making the package smaller and better for the environment. For around US$180-$190 you will receive the following.
The paperwork and software are very simple and to the point. All you have is an installation guide, a software/driver CD and a case badge.
The hardware bundle is extensive, complete and has to be one of the best kits I have seen come with any videocard. They supply both a S-Video and a composite video cable along with a small video converter. You also have a high definition output dongle, a mandatory power cable and two DVI to analog video connection converters. Finally, someone has released a card without one of each connection and realized that it is better to have two DVI connections so people can utilize two DVI monitors at one time.
And last but not least is the videocard itself. The videocard is relatively plain and I will walk you though this cards external features in the next section.
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