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Old May 27, 2007, 06:01 PM
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Unhappy Sapphire's not shining any more!!!!

My third Sapphire 1950pro is on its last legs and I'm getting pretty tired of this stuff......

Same thing as before, black screens after 10+ minutes of work @ around 70c and then the fan ramps up after it's black screened on me.

I'm hoping to convince my supplier (unfortunately not the same one from the first card) to let me get out of the 1950pro game and upgrade to a 1900XT VIVO (it's only $35 + tax more).

ATI RADEON™ X1900 XT Overview

I'm getting a bit tired of buying EOL vid cards that have apparently been pushed to the limit of their abilities.

Anybody heard anything bad about the 1900XT?
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Old May 27, 2007, 06:23 PM
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I'd bump up to the X1950 XT 256 MB, personally.

I used to own an Asus X1950 Pro and had no problems ... but I only had it for like 2 months :p
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Old May 27, 2007, 06:33 PM
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It seems to be sapphire that's having problems with the 1950 line and other brands from my supplier are not only sparse, they're also quite a bit more expensive.

After going through 3 1950pros (the second died a wet death from a leaking cpu waterblock... :) ) I'm shying away from the 1950 line all together. :)
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Not to start a fanboy war, but if there is anyway possible you can bypass the DX9 cards and get a 320MB 8800GTS it would take the sting out of paying more to get a better card. I clung to my 7900GS's for far too long and now that I finally got the GTS I am amazed.

But to stick to the topic, a X1900XT /X1950XT will still be a much more powerful/reliable card than the X1950PRO.
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Old May 27, 2007, 07:47 PM
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Not to start a fanboy war, but if there is anyway possible you can bypass the DX9 cards and get a 320MB 8800GTS it would take the sting out of paying more to get a better card. I clung to my 7900GS's for far too long and now that I finally got the GTS I am amazed.

But to stick to the topic, a X1900XT /X1950XT will still be a much more powerful/reliable card than the X1950PRO.
No fanboi worrys here.

Unfortunately, even the $250 I spent on the original card (the third was only $217) was a bit rich for my blood. I'd have to drop at least $100 extra to bump up to an 8800 series card, and ATI still holds the crown for low/mid range performance.

The other issue is that the sapphire cards come from the same supplier so it should be easier to convince them to let me trade up for a different model.
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I hear that and you are 100% right that the X1900XT/XTX is definitely the top dog for a DX9 card. Plus, they have better IQ than any 7900 series or lower Nvidia card. X1900/X1950 XT for the win.
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I don't like sapphire any more. I had one card that after a month it only work when you underclock it and I never overclocked it because it was already to hot for my likings. I then switched to 7600 GT. It is better but the frame rate didn't go up by much. I want a card that can play all games at 1920 x 1200 for not to much money. So far the 8800 GTX for early benchies is a little weak for some DX10 games so I will wait and see when crysis comes out to see what card is worthy of my hard earned cash.

1900 series is very powerful and but keep in mind it won't be good for future games if you want high resolutions and the 256mb version is only good if you have a small monitor.
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Old May 28, 2007, 10:02 AM
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I don't like sapphire any more. I had one card that after a month it only work when you underclock it and I never overclocked it because it was already to hot for my likings. I then switched to 7600 GT. It is better but the frame rate didn't go up by much. I want a card that can play all games at 1920 x 1200 for not to much money. So far the 8800 GTX for early benchies is a little weak for some DX10 games so I will wait and see when crysis comes out to see what card is worthy of my hard earned cash.

1900 series is very powerful and but keep in mind it won't be good for future games if you want high resolutions and the 256mb version is only good if you have a small monitor.
Yeah I doubt I'll be upgrading my 19" square LCD for quite some time, and by then ATI will have some of their mid range R600 series cards out and Nvidia will have a look at what folks thought of the 8600 series..... :)
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Old May 28, 2007, 06:33 PM
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Sigh...... I guess I won't be gaming on my 9200LE vid card............. :)

On a happier note, it was nice to be able to slap an old AGP card onto this mobo.... it's certainly a lot better than the PCI card I would have had to use as backup.... :)
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Wilson, i have lived the black screen several times as well, Are you OCing the card at all ? 1.3 v gpu reduced my black screen outs.
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