PowerColor Radeon X1950 Pro Extreme with Arctic Cooling System Review

PowerColor Radeon X1950 Pro Extreme

In Figure 4, you can see the Accelero X2 from Arctic Cooling removed from the video card. This cooler has a base made of copper and has three copper heat-pipes. We have already posted an article about this device, so we won’t be repeating here everything we have already said there. It is really interesting to note that PowerColor is the third ATI partner to use a cooler from Arctic Cooling (HIS and Sapphire being the other two), however PowerColor chose the most high-end cooler provided by Arctic Cooling.

PowerColor Radeon X1950 Pro Extreme With Arctic Cooling SystemFigure 4: Arctic Cooling Accelero X2.

PowerColor Radeon X1950 Pro Extreme With Arctic Cooling SystemFigure 5: Video card without its cooler.

This video card uses eight GDDR3 256-Mbit 1.4 ns chips from Samsung (K4J55323QG-BC14) as you can see in Figure 6, making the 256 MB of memory this video card has. These chips can run up to 1.4 GHz (700 MHz x 2). Since on this video card the memories were already running at 1.39 GHz, there is no room left for overclocking the memories inside their specs. Of course you can try pushing them above their specs, especially because this video card uses a very good cooling solution.

PowerColor Radeon X1950 Pro Extreme With Arctic Cooling SystemFigure 6: Samsung GDDR3 256-Mbit 1.4 ns chip.

In Figure 7, you can see the Radeon 7950 Pro chip (codenamed RV570).

PowerColor Radeon X1950 Pro Extreme With Arctic Cooling SystemFigure 7: Radeon 7950 Pro chip (RV570).

The model we reviewed featured video capture (VIVO) function (controlled by ATI Rage Theater chip), so it came with all the necessary cables and software, including a DVI-to-VGA adapter, a power adapter to be used if your power supply doesn’t have an auxiliary PCI Express power connector, a component video output adapter, a VIVO adapter, a S-Video cable and a composite video cable.

PowerColor Radeon X1950 Pro Extreme With Arctic Cooling SystemFigure 8: Cables and adapters that comes with this video card.

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Author: Gabriel Torres

Gabriel Torres is a Brazilian best-selling ICT expert, with 24 books published. He started his online career in 1996, when he launched Clube do Hardware, which is one of the oldest and largest websites about technology in Brazil. He created Hardware Secrets in 1999 to expand his knowledge outside his home country.

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