i meant 4x4 as in amd's 4x4 platform btw
Right, we just need the other four
I am looking forward to seeing what those results are.I don't have a second card as of yet but when I have two final production models I will attempt a four-way crossfire setup. I was traveling all week but I wanted to get this up before the weekend so people could start thinking about the possibilities of a multi-way CrossFire setup.
I tried hooking up an X1950 Pro to the Sapphire X1950 Pro Dual. When the Sapphire was in the first X16 slot and the second card was in the second, I could enable CrossFire. When I reversed the order I could not. I ran a few tests and got the same (similar) figures for 3DMark05 and Doom3.
I am going to see what can be done with the card I have here to see if overclocking is possible. Perhaps we can get more out of the card. I will also try some older drivers to see if there is one that makes CrossFire "happier" than the Catalyst 7.3 I used in the review.
I also plan to keep bugging AMD and Sapphire for a real driver that can enable quad operation.
If you have any ideas on what we should try to do with it (other than suggesting we turn it into a paper weight) I would be up for those.
I do apologise, I thought it was on a par with the 8800GTS not the GTX, forgive me. Seeing as the GTX is the top card right now then getting 2 mid-range GPUs to rival it just by putting the chip which links them on the same PCB is rather impressive.Can fathom trying to cool two xtxs on one card? Those would get way too hot, and the x1950pro still beats out the 7950gt, nvidia's priceerformance card, but considering the card held it's own compared to the gtx, I don't know what you are talking about it, it's scores were only slightly lower for most things than the gtx, so I think it's performance is good enough, whether quad xfire will work or not is a different story, but as a stand alone card, it performed quite well and gamers aren't going to switch to vista for a while, very few have, most will stick with xp until all their games perform as smoothl on vista and sp1 has been released, so I don't see much of a problem with the vista issue either, anyone that would be buying this gpu would at least have some computer knowledge and would at least know somethings on the vista issue
the R600s will be on par with the 8800 series for power consumption. If it drew much more power there wouldn't be a feasible way to cool it effectively, cheaply and on a large scale.I do apologise, I thought it was on a par with the 8800GTS not the GTX, forgive me. Seeing as the GTX is the top card right now then getting 2 mid-range GPUs to rival it just by putting the chip which links them on the same PCB is rather impressive.
Admittedly putting 2 XTXs on the same card would be stupid but I was just trying to think of a feasible route they could use to get even more power and seeing as they can't use 2 8800 chips as they belong to nVidia the XTX was my only other choice. I assume that r600-based cards are going to demand a beefy PSU and so jamming 2 of those together would require a stupendous PSU.
I guess progress on this card is dependant upon manufacturer driver support. I just hope that if they release this they'll treat it better than nVidia did the 7950GX2.
It's good to see companies pushing out high-performance but good value single-slot graphics cards for all of us who bought non sli/crossfire mobo's because it's not something we see ourselves indulging in. All things considered I think 2007 has been and will continue to be an exciting year for GPU releases.
well, it is a pre-release sample. It is not final and yet it DOES beat an 8800gts in some tests... (well, it runs right with it anyway) that makes a possibly viable alternative if all the drivers issues are worked out by retail time. Seems like a cool product, more for the speculation in the article of 32 devices and the inherent benefits of xfire vs. sli... but we will have to see.Ok, they built it, but their drivers don't work very well. It may perform better than a plain 1950 Pro, but it still gets beaten by the 8800s. And it won't do DX10. So what's the point of it? Spend a lot of money to get an ATI card that doesn't beat a 8800? I already have that in my old 1900 XTX Toxic that I bought last summer. So, no thanks to this card.
The x1950pro/XT look to be very good deals. Consider that you can get a pro for ~$150, and an XT for ~$200, both appear to be cheap then the 8600GTS, and both provide better frame rates. If I highly overclocked 8600GTS can't beat an x1950pro, then the only fault with the x1950 series is the lack of DX10. And that really isn't a bad thing until DX10 only games start to show up...But the x1950xt is looking more and more appealing after seeing the 8600 ultra flop
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