There's no such thing as the perfect videocard, but the
PCI Express Asus EAX1950PRO HTDP/256M/A is darn near one of the best mainstream
graphics cards out on the market right now.
Based on ATi's Radeon X1950 Pro 'RV570' GPU, the Asus
EAX1950 Pro certainly has a lot to offer for a retail price of about $250 CDN
($230 US, £116 GBP). It delivers performance a class above its price point, and
although we were unable to test the Native Crossfire, we like the improved
bridge interconnect card system ATI now employ.
Asus equip the EAX1950 Pro videocard with a nice quiet
custom heatsink, but it takes up an additional expansion slot of space. The
software package is thinner than water, but at least you have a component output
cable splitter to play with.
The ATi Radeon X1950 Pro core is the first to support ATi's
new native implementation of CrossFire. Considering there were many knocks
against the previous version, ATi has basically addressed everything that
matters with the new setup. Gone are clumsy external connector cables and the
need for a CrossFire Master videocards, now you can connect two vanilla Radeon
X1950 Pros together for dual videocard rendering goodness... provided you get
two of those bridge interconnect cards.
The Asus EAX1950PRO HTDP/256M/A was only a mediocre
overclocker, and the speeds it reached didn't affect performance significantly.
I don't think this will be much of an issue when you consider its awesome stock
performance and aggressive price. The stock performance of the Asus
EAX1950PRO/HTDP/256M/A was pretty awesome on the whole. It's not the fastest
videocard PCSTATS has tested but it holds an excellent value. ATi has done well
with its Radeon X1950 Pro, and PCSTATS is happy to see such a strong mainstream
alternative from a manufacturer that seems to have lost its focus in recent
months. If the Asus EAX1950PRO HTDP/256M/A fits you budget and gaming needs, it
is well worth your consideration.
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