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Sapphire x1950 pro ultimate & 512MB

Discussion in 'ATI' started by Kent Smith, Feb 22, 2007.

  1. Kent Smith

    Kent Smith Guest

    I was going to get a Sapphire 256MB x1950pro ultimate but notice they also
    have a 512MB for about the same price.

    I would imagine the 512MB would have better performance due to the memory
    size but the ultimate would be more reliable due to better cooling. Would
    that be correct?

    Has anyone seen these cards compared and know the advantages/disadvantages?
    The only difference I can see in the specs is the memory clock runs 200MHz
    faster on the ultimate - overclocked?

    Leaning towards the ultimate as it's been around a bit longer and tends to
    have better consumer reviews but this could just be because there are more
    of them. :)

    Kent Smith, Feb 22, 2007
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  2. Kent Smith

    Clas Mehus Guest

    If the memory speed is the same, the performance in most cases will be
    the same. There might be some differences in very high resolutions,
    but the board at the same time don't have the performance to use such
    high resolutions.
    No, not overclocked. Since the 256 MB version has faster memory, it
    will in general be faster than the 512 MB version.

    512 MB on a board in this segment is a marketing tricks in most

    I personally havn't tested the 1950Pro in 256 vs 512, but have done it
    with the X1900XT, which is "about the same" -- in general not much of
    a difference.
    Clas Mehus, Feb 22, 2007
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  3. Kent Smith

    First of One Guest

    The 256 MB "Ultimate" will run faster in almost all games due to the
    higher-clocked memory, so get that one.

    Be aware the screw heads on the back of the Ultimate's Zalman cooler stick
    out more than usual. If the two PCIe x16 slots on your motherboard are
    separated by just one slot, you won't be able fit two of these cards in
    First of One, Feb 22, 2007
  4. Kent Smith

    Kent Smith Guest

    Fantastic - thanks for good info and quick reply. I'll go with the

    Kent Smith, Feb 23, 2007
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    FKS Guest

    I have the same Zalman cooler on my X1900 GT and it is silent. Current games
    don't take advantage of 512MB and by the time games benefit from 512MB, the
    x1950pro will not be able to handle them. I'd definitely go for the
    FKS, Feb 23, 2007
  6. Kent Smith

    Kent Smith Guest

    Thanks, good to know. I've got two slots (Gigabyte GA-965P-DS4) but not
    looking at doing crossfire just yet. Might eventually up to a couple of
    Directx10's when they're a bit more competitively priced.

    Kent Smith, Feb 23, 2007
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    JamesH Guest

    JamesH, Feb 23, 2007
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    TheFug Guest

    Kent Smith schreef:
    What i understand is, yes: with the toprange line of ATI, it makes sense
    to have 512M memory onboard, but wit with the budget or mid range, it
    slows down performance, compared to 256M versions..
    Question: if so, why bother even bringing such models on market ?
    TheFug, Feb 25, 2007
  9. Kent Smith

    Kent Smith Guest

    I agree with a previous post, the answer unfortunately, is probably
    marketing. I almost bought the 512MB based purely on memory size. If they
    can make a bunch of people buy these things over a competitors 256MB cards,
    it has a purpose on the market. :)

    Kent Smith, Feb 25, 2007
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