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Asus EAX1950Pro HTDP/256M/A Radeon X1950Pro Videocard Review
Asus EAX1950Pro HTDP/256M/A Radeon X1950Pro Videocard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: ATi has dramatically increased the value of its videocards with the release of the ATI Radeon X1950 Pro, this card has a remarkable among of bang for the buck.
 84% Rating:   
Filed under: Video Cards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: ASUS Nov 29 2006   C. Sun  
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Overclocking the Asus EAX1950PRO

Overclocking Results:
stock overclocked
gpu (core) speed: 560 mhz 606 mhz
memory speed: 1400 mhz 1485 mhz
if you're new to Overclocking and not sure what to do, check out these two excellent Guides for some pointers:
Overclocking the CPU and Memory
Overclocking the Videocard

We didn't really know what to expect in terms of overclocking for the Asus EAX1950PRO/HTDP/256M/A videocard, but we certainly were hoping for a good run. The Radeon X1950 Pro core is clocked at 575 MHz by default, and the 256MB of memory runs at a pretty brisk 1380 MHz. As usual we'll start overclocking the videocard core first.

Increasing the core speed from 575 MHz in 5 MHz increments, we easily surpassed the 600 MHz mark before the GPU hit a wall at 606 MHz. Anything higher and the 'RV570' core would simply lock up. I'm not sure what was holding the little GU back, temperatures were not high and the heatsink was not that hot to the touch either. Oh well sometimes that's just the luck of the draw I suppose.

Next up was the 256MB of Samsung GDDR3 memory. The little BGA DRAM modules had the following markings "K4J55323Q6-BC14." With a 1.4ns rating, we were hoping for a good memory overclock here. Starting at 1380 MHz, the memory speed was increased in 10 MHz steps.

The Samsung GDDR3 memory passed the 1400 MHz mark without breaking a sweat, coasted past 1428 MHz, and flew by 1450, 1460 and 1470 MHz with ease. It was not until the Samsung GDDR3 memory reached 1485 MHz that we had to stop. That's 85 MHz faster than stock memory clock speed.

Overall the Asus EAX1950PRO HTDP/256M/A yielded a rather mild overclock, and we don't expect much of a performance boost from these small changes.... but then again we've been surprised in the past. You'll have to look at the benchmarks to see how the Asus EAX1950PRO HTDP/256M/A performs while overclocked so little.

Prelude to Benchmarks

The details of how the Asus EAX1950PRO HTDP/256M/Atest system was configured for benchmarking; the specific hardware, software drivers, operating system and benchmark versions are indicated below. In the second column are the general specs for the reference platforms this ATi Radeon X1950 Pro based videocard is to be compared against. Please take a moment to look over PCSTATS test system configurations before moving on to the individual benchmark results on the next page.

PCSTATS Test System Configurations
test system reference system

amd Athlon64 4000+ (socket 939)

Clock Speed:

12 x 200 MHz = 2.4 GHz


Asus A8N-SLI Premium (NF4 SLI)

Videocard: Asus EAX1950PRO/HTDP/256M/A

Asus EAX1900XTX/2DHTV/512M/A
Gigabyte GV-RX18L256V-B
ATi Radeon X850 XT PE
ATi Radeon X800 XL
PowerColor X700 PRO
Asus EN7900GT TOP/2DHT/256M/A
MSI NX7800GTX-VT2D256E (Single Mode)
MSI NX7800GTX-VT2D256E (SLI Mode)
Asus EN7800GT 2DHTV/256M/OSP/A (Single Mode)
Asus EN7800GT 2DHTV/256M/OSP/A (SLI Mode)
MSI NX6800GT-T2D256E
MSI NX6600GT-TD128E (Single Mode)
MSI NX6600GT-TD128E (SLI Mode)


2x 512MB OCZ Gold GX PC3500 DDR

Hard Drive: 74GB Western Digital Raptor WD740
CDROM: AOpen Combo 52x
PowerSupply: PC Power & Cooling TurboCool 510 SLI
Heatsink: Athlon64 4000+ Reference Heatsink
Software Setup:

Microsoft WindowsXP SP2
nVIDIA Forceware 6.70
nVIDIA Forceware 91.27
ATI Catalyst 6.6


Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
Doom 3
Quake 4

AA+AF Benchmarks
Doom 3

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Contents of Article: ASUS EAX1950Pro HTDP/256M/A
 Pg 1.  Asus EAX1950Pro HTDP/256M/A Radeon X1950Pro Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  ATI Radeon x1950 Pro Technologies
 Pg 3.  Low Noise Quiet VGA Card Cooling
 Pg 4.  — Overclocking the Asus EAX1950PRO
 Pg 5.  Videocard Benchmarks: 3DMark05, 3DMark06
 Pg 6.  Videocard Benchmarks: FarCry
 Pg 7.  Videocard Benchmarks: Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
 Pg 8.  Videocard Benchmarks: Doom 3
 Pg 9.  Videocard Benchmarks: Quake 4
 Pg 10.  Videocard Benchmarks: FEAR
 Pg 11.  Advanced Videocard Benchmarks: FarCry, Doom 3, FEAR
 Pg 12.  Native Crossfire With the Radeon RV570

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