The X1950 Pro is a scaled down version of the X1950XTX and includes two
dual-link DVI connectors and standard definition VIVO support along with
CrossFire support. The Dual Link connectors double the transmission speed,
thereby increasing the signal quality.
A new feature with ATI, starting with this card, is the High bandwidth
Digital Content Protection (HDCP) support. HDCP protects integrity of content as
it is being transmitted by encrypting transmission. The X1950 Pro has a single
slot cooler covering almost the full front side of the card. The fan is located
farther on the down right end, making the noise and heating minimal.
All the game tests were done at 1024x768 resolution. It gave an overall score
of 4448 in 3Dmark2006, which is quite good. In Doom 3, the card gave 117 fps at
ultra high quality settings. In FEAR, we got 87 fps with high graphics settings
witout any AA/AF (Anti Aliasing/ Anisotropic Filtering), but once we switched on
to 4x AA, the frame rate dropped down to 48 fps, which is excellent. On the
downside, the card wasn't fitting too well into the PCI-E slot and tended to
remain loose. Secondly, this card isn't supported by the latest catalyst
drivers by ATi.
Bottom line: Considering how well it performed, the card is a steal at