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Conclusion

Sapphire’s Toxic Radeon X1900 XTX with liquid-cooling is currently the fastest Radeon-based graphics card on the market. However, it is not only a fast board with water-cooling and with all the advantages and disadvantages of the Radeon X1900 XTX family, but this is the top-of-the-range offering from Sapphire Technologies and it should be considered as such.

The main advantages of the Toxic Radeon X1900 XTX with liquid-cooling compared to the rivaling solutions, primarily from the GeForce 7900 camp, is 48 pixel shader processors, which may become important for future games full of math1ematically intensive pixel shaders, support for HDR + antialiasing, a bit better performance in modes with 4x full-scene antialiasing and so on. The key benefits that the Sapphire’s product has over its brethren among the Radeon X1900-series is generally quieter cooling solution and increased clock-speeds.

Yet another advantage of the Toxic Radeon X1900 XTX with liquid-cooling is exceptional product bundle: it includes everything needed and a selection of games that users can choose themselves.  We would be even more pleased if Sapphire supplied a special set of accessories with its premium boards, however.

Without any doubts, the premium offering from Sapphire is definitely a nice product, but not without some drawbacks which include a cooling system that hardly has enough performance for overclocking near the extreme levels, some design peculiarities that oblige end-users to have a relatively big computer case with proper airflows inside. Additionally, Nvidia GeForce-based graphics accelerators usually outperform those powered by ATI Radeon in OpenGL applications

So, let’s sum up all the pros and cons of the product that we have just reviewed.

Highs:

  • Increased clock-speeds by default
  • Quiet cooling system
  • High performance in most applications
  • Excellent performance with enabled FSAA and anisotropic filtering
  • Transparent textures anti-aliasing
  • 512MB of graphics memory, efficient Shader Model 3.0 implementation, 48 pixel processors – great reserve for the future
  • Hardware H.264 decoding and other HD formats support (Avivo engine)
  • Dual-link DVI support.

Lows:

  • High power consumption
  • Weak overclockability
  • Design peculiarities
  • Lower performance in OpenGL applications compared to rivals.
 
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