It's quite clear now, that Nvidia are falling behind, and that ATI now lead development in the Graphics Card industry. Even still, many people prefer to stick with Nvidia, because they keep their same old favourites. If you're one of these people, then you seriously need to reconsider, with today being the paper launch for the ATI Radeon X1950XTX. With a shipping date set on 14 September, some retailers are claiming they are already shipping now. ATI's flagship X1950 card boasts 'The fastest, quietest, coolest performance yet. Up to 15% faster gameplay than the X1900XTX. The X1950 series sees ATI make a brave move into the world of GDDR4 memory which isn't yet widely available, but according to Samsung, 'will be in a short period of time'. The X1950XTX comes with it's memory clocked at 2Ghz, which is a record in itself. The core speed, amount of vertex shaders and pixel shaders however remain the same as the X1900XTX, The X1950 CrossFire edition has exactly the same specs as the X1950XTX, meaning it won't be less powerful like preious crossfire models. The new and improved cooler installed on the new series is built from solid copper, considerably adding to the weight of the card. It also uses a heatpipe, something ATI has previously always overlooked and considered unessecary. This draws the heat away from the card's chips to a heatsink within the fan itself, which makes it far, far wasier and quicker for heat to be expelled out of the case.
I'm looking forward to this, and am sincerely hoping that Sapphire get round to creating a 'Toxic' model, just like they did with the X1900 series. Click here
to see it in action.