please dont say anything about the 8800, this is for a friend, he wants to know if this videocard will run mid to high-end games decently. it looks good to me, it has a 256-bit interface, since you said thats good, and many people on newegg say that its good for overclocking. Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100199L Radeon X1950GT 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
I used to have one of those. It's a pretty good card, and it'll certainly do what your friend is asking of it.
did you ever try to overclock it? we want to squeeze everything we can out of it.
Never got round to that, no. I would warn you that it does tend to get rather warm, though, so keep an eye on those temperatures if you plan on serious overclocking - the stock HSF is a complete joke.
Does your friend want to play DX10 games?
no, dx10 wont pick up speed for a while, and he dosent have vista so it dosent matter much.
It's not a bad card, it could use a little bit more Memory, especially if you're planning on running programs at High resolutions. Like Rookie said, if you're going to be overclocking it, you're going to have to watch the temperatures, and might want to invest in a better cooling system for it; otherwise the card might not last very long. Overclocked or not, it should be powerful enough to run most high-end games, like Oblivion, Bioshock, and SupremeCommander to name a few, on medium to high settings. Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't the X1950 the top of the line card for ATI/AMD?
Dave-Mastor;4004049 Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't the X1950 the top of the line card for ATI/AMD?
No, currently the HD 2900XT is. A close friend of mine uses the X1950GT and is very pleased with it. Runs his Orange Box on Highest settings, and he says he's playing the Crysis demo on High.
SteVen;4004066No, currently the HD 2900XT is.
Sorry, I didn't explain properly, I meant out of the Radeon series, but regardless: I stand corrected. I prefer nVidia cards(Ok, well I prefer whatever company has the most powerful card at the time.), I'm more up to date with their cards. But, as SteVen said, the card should run most games on high settings. The lack of DirectX 10 support will be a little limiting, but if you're not going to get Vista, then it really isn't a problem. Like I said earlier however, the cards performance will start to decrease at higher resolutions, especially 1600+, largely because of it's lack of video memory, but it shouldn't be much of a problem either.
The HD2xxx series is part of the Radeon lineup. :p