Jetway Radeon X1950 Pro GDDR4 vs X1950 Pro GDDR3 Review

Videocards/VGA Reviews by jmke @ 2007-06-03

Jetway has gone through the trouble to deviate from the ATI reference design and come up with a X1950 Pro video card packed with 512Mb GDDR4 memory chips. We compare its performance to the vanilla X1950 Pro with GDDR3 to see if there are any improvements performance wise.

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Test Setup & Futuremark Benchmarks

Test Setup

Intel Test Setup
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CPU Intel Core 2 E6400 @ 2.8Ghz (from CSMSA)
Cooling Coolermaster Hyper TX
Mainboard Intel 975X Bad Axe (Modded by Piotke)
Memory 2 * 1Gb PC6400 OCZ
  • Antec Performance One P182 Case
  • Antec TruePower Trio! 650W
  • Western Digital 74Gb Raptor SATA HDD

  • Synthetic Benchmarks

    Let’s start out with some Futuremark benchmarks to estimate the performance difference in games:

    Madshrimps (c)

    ~1000 points in 3DMark2001SE, means that in old DX8 games you will see a slight benefit with the GDDR4 card.

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    400~500 difference in 3DMark03/05 is close to negligible, but it’s something.

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    The latest DX9 benchmark shows a ~250 score difference in favor of the X1950 Pro GDDR4 card. Time to find out what it means games ->
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    Comment from RichBa5tard @ 2007/06/04
    Sad thing that the GDDR4 doesn't overclock... it might have been interesting if it was.
    Comment from jmke @ 2007/06/04
    pre-production sample might have something to do with that
    Comment from Massman @ 2007/06/04
    Have you tested overclocking with other tools than AtiTool? Maybe it had compability issues
    Comment from jmke @ 2007/06/04
    X1950 Pro doesn't play with many other tools it seems ATI Tray Tools same results, didn't try powerstrip
    Comment from geoffrey @ 2007/06/06