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Power Color X1950 XT

Price: $259.99


Can you remember when ten to fifteen frames per second was considered the norm and a video card had one to two megabytes of memory? Those days have long since passed us and now if you don't get at least sixty frames per second while playing a game, you're probably screaming that you missed that last frag because your opponent has better hardware. For those who are serious about gaming there are many alternatives, but for ultimate performance a "high end" video card is the answer. So what do you get with a "high end" video card? Pixel shader pipelines, and the more the better. Why? Because when there are more lanes on the highway traffic doesn't bottleneck, providing a smooth even flow of transfer. The next concerns are how many megabytes of memory the card has and what its clock speeds are. Of course, the higher the better. Although there are many other factors that are very important to performance, but when I talk to someone about a video card it always seems that those are usually the only questions I'm asked.

The Power Color X1950 XT is one of today’s "high end" video card solutions. With 48 pixel pipelines, 512 megabytes of memory, a clock speed of 1.6 gigahertz, and an ATI R580 chipset, will this be enough to satisfy the needs of the savage gamer?

Power Color has been an industry leader in producing "high end" video performance solutions since 1999. Its US based facility is located in City of Industry California and the company's mission is to provide the highest quality products and customer support in the industry.

Closer Look:

I have always been fond of the packaging that Power Color has used to promote what is contained inside its confines, but where are the Pixies or Aliens on this one? The box is pinkish-red in color with a black and silver back.


The X1950 XT comes further protected in an anti-static bag, which is transparent enough to see that the card has a fairly large heatsink.

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look Continued & Installation
  3. Configuration
  4. Specifications & Features
  5. Testing & Benchmark: Far Cry
  6. Benchmark: F.E.A.R.
  7. Benchmark Call of Duty II
  8. Benchmark: Quake 4
  9. Benchmark: NFS Most Wanted
  10. Conclusion
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