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Sapphire Toxic X1900 XTX gets run through

First INQpression Water-cooling makes X1900XTX performs like X1950XTX
Wed Oct 18 2006, 10:57
THE SAPPHIRE Toxic X1900 XTX card is the first water-cooling serial produced card that had all you need in the package. Sapphire is getting ready for a new one based on the X1950 XTX card, the one that runs with faster memory, but interestingly enough we proved that even Sapphire Toxic X1900 XTX has still a lot of steam.

The card is clocked at 675MHz core and 1600 Hz memory. The original X1900 XTX works at 650 MHz and 1550 MHz memory. The card has sixteen pipelines, forty eight pixel shaders just like every R580 based card.

Let's focus on the cooling. The R580 core is cowered with a water block. Two tubes get the water in and out of that water block and the both tubes are connected to a huge radiator / pump / reservoir part. The Radiator / pump / reservoir part looks like a second graphic card. You can plug it to a free slot in your PC. A radiator has a fan that cools the radiator and the water in it. It has two modes that you can change via simple switcher. One is silent mode that runs cooler slower but still does the job and second is performance one that give you more cooling juice if you overclock. Memory don't mind that is just passively cooled it works well at 1600 MHz.

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The package is incredibly big as it has to accommodate the card,a radiator with a pump all connected with tubes. It is roughly twice as deep than the usual box and is partially transparent. The package also includes two DVI dongles, Composite Video cable, Avivo - audio in and out cable, S Video cable and HDTV cable - S video to RGB and a Molex to PCIe six pin power cable.

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The card has two DVI and a single Avivo in and out and it comes with a driver CD, Sapphire Select game DVD, Power Director 4.0, Power DVD 6.0, Sapphire Trixx Overclocking tool and a user manual. Select DVD enables you to go on the internet and register for one of the few games that the company offers. Therefore you don't need to be stuck with a single game that you maybe don't like.

It is very easy to install the card. No special skills are required, you just plug the card in a PCIe slot, plug a six pin PCIe power connector, plug the radiator / pump / reservoir part in a second PCIe or PCI slot just to hold it, connect a 12 V Molex connector to power it and turn it for some rock and role. After that it works as any normal graphic card but is much more quiet than any other X1900 XT even the X1950 XTX.

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Benchmarketing
We used :
Foxconn C51XE M2aa Nforce 590 SLI motherboard
Geforce 7900 GT 450/1320 MHz
Athlon FX 62 2800 MHz 90 nanometre Windsor core
2x1024 MB DDR2 Corsair CM2X1024-6400C3 memory
Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 400GB SATA NCQ hard drive
Thermaltake Mini Typhoon Athlon 64/X2/FX cooler and Intel CPU's
Silverstone Strider ST60F, 600W ATX 2.0 SATA

Doom 3
1024x768
1280x1024
1600x1200
2048x1536
ATI X1900XTX 650/1550 MHz
133.8
124.4
106.7
70.0
ATI X1950XTX 650/2000 MHz
134.7
126.8
110.3
73.1
Sapphire Toxic X1900XTX 675/1600 MHz
135.1
126.7
109.7
72.5
? ? ? ? ?
Doom 3 High Quality FSAA 4X + Aniso 8X
1024x768
1280x1024
1600x1200
2048x1536
ATI X1900XTX 650/1550 MHz
118.9
94.6
72.2
46.3
ATI X1950XTX 650/2000 MHz
121.6
99.1
75.9
48.4
Sapphire Toxic X1900XTX 675/1600 MHz
121.3
97.8
75.0
48.1
? ? ? ? ?
Far Cry High Quality FSAA 4X + Aniso 8X
1024x768
1280x1024
1600x1200
2048x1536
ATI X1900XTX 650/1550 MHz
93.60
93.42
91.25
66.07
ATI X1950XTX 650/2000 MHz
93.78
93.29
92.81
74.04
Sapphire Toxic X1900XTX 675/1600 MHz
94.02
94.32
92.40
68.21
? ? ? ? ?
Quake 4
OK 1024x768
1280x1024
1600x1200
2048x1536
ATI X1900XTX 650/1550 MHz
148.6
142.5
137.6
115.4
ATI X1950XTX 650/2000 MHz
149.1
144.5
137.6
117.0
Sapphire Toxic X1900XTX 675/1600 MHz
147.6
144.0
137.8
117.9
? ? ? ? ?
Quake 4 High Quality FSAA 4X + Aniso 8X
1024x768
1280x1024
1600x1200
2048x1536
ATI X1900XTX 650/1550 MHz
140.0
131.8
114.2
90.2
ATI X1950XTX 650/2000 MHz
141.7
134.4
122.4
94.5
Sapphire Toxic X1900XTX 675/1600 MHz
141.4
133.6
122.9
95.4
? ? ? ? ?
FEAR
OK 1024x768
1280x960
1600x1200
2048x1536
ATI X1900XTX 650/1550 MHz
130
106
82
53
ATI X1950XTX 650/2000 MHz
137
108
85
56
Sapphire Toxic X1900XTX 675/1600 MHz
133
107
84
56
? ? ? ? ?
FEAR High Quality FSAA 4X + Aniso 16X
1024x768
1280x960
1600x1200
2048x1536
ATI X1900XTX 650/1550 MHz
102
77
54
35
ATI X1950XTX 650/2000 MHz
105
79
57
36
Sapphire Toxic X1900XTX 675/1600 MHz
103
79
56
36
? ? ? ? ?
Serious Sam
1024x768
1280x1024
1600x1200
2048x1536
ATI X1900XTX 650/1550 MHz
156.7
154.1
139.6
103.6
ATI X1950XTX 650/2000 MHz
156.7
154.0
142.9
109.0
Sapphire Toxic X1900XTX 675/1600 MHz
156.2
152.8
141.9
107.5
? ? ? ? ?
Serious Sam HDR
1024x768
1280x1024
1600x1200
2048x1536
ATI X1900XTX 650/1550 MHz
149.6
122.2
87.4
61.8
ATI X1950XTX 650/2000 MHz
150.5
127.1
92.4
64.5
Sapphire Toxic X1900XTX 675/1600 MHz
150.5
125.7
90.7
63.2
? ? ? ? ?
Serious Sam High Quality FSAA 4X + Aniso 16X
1024x768
1280x1024
1600x1200
2048x1536
ATI X1900XTX 650/1550 MHz
137.7
113.3
91.3
65.1
ATI X1950XTX 650/2000 MHz
140.5
120.2
99.1
70.9
Sapphire Toxic X1900XTX 675/1600 MHz
139.9
116.9
94.2
67.2
? ? ? ? ?
Serious Sam High Quality HDR + FSAA 4X + Aniso 16X
1024x768
1280x1024
1600x1200
2048x1536
ATI X1900XTX 650/1550 MHz
93.5
68.7
49.6
27.3
ATI X1950XTX 650/2000 MHz
103.8
77.1
55.6
30.8
Sapphire Toxic X1900XTX 675/1600 MHz
96.8
71.2
51.2
28.3
? ? ? ? ?
Composite Figures 3Dmark 03
3DMark 03
Game2
Game3
Game3
ATI X1900XTX 650/1550 MHz
19233
155.3
115.2
123.6
ATI X1950XTX 650/2000 MHz
19656
159.2
116.7
126.1
Sapphire Toxic X1900XTX 675/1600 MHz
19792
160.8
118.4
127.6
? ? ? ? ?
Composite Figures 3Dmark 03
Single Texturinng
Multi Textur.
Vertex Shader
Pixel Shader 2.0
ATI X1900XTX 650/1550 MHz
4338.9
9854.9
67.3
213.7
ATI X1950XTX 650/2000 MHz
5346.0
10005.9
67.7
219.7
Sapphire Toxic X1900XTX 675/1600 MHz
4499.6
10256.6
69.8
220.4
? ? ? ? ?
Composite Figures 3Dmark 05
3DMark 05
Game1
Game2
Game2
ATI X1900XTX 650/1550 MHz
12129
52.8
34.6
62.5
ATI X1950XTX 650/2000 MHz
12348
52.9
35.1
65.0
Sapphire Toxic X1900XTX 675/1600 MHz
12427
53.1
35.8
64.6
? ? ? ? ?
Composite Figures 3Dmark 05
Single Texturinng
Multi Textur.
Pixel Shader

VS/VS
complex

ATI X1900XTX 650/1550 MHz
5060.8
10237.4
439.4
141.8/61.9
ATI X1950XTX 650/2000 MHz
6307.2
10209.2
456.6
147.9/61.9
Sapphire Toxic X1900XTX 675/1600 MHz
5258.4
10648.8
256.2
146.9/64.4
? ? ? ? ?
Composite Figures 3Dmark 06
3DMark 06
? ?
ATI X1900XTX 650/1550 MHz
6067
? ? ?
ATI X1950XTX 650/2000 MHz
6283
? ? ?
Sapphire Toxic X1900XTX 675/1600 MHz
6244
? ? ?
? ? ? ? ?
SM2.0 Test
Score
GT1
GT2


ATI X1900XTX 650/1550 MHz
2348
18.127
21.007
?
ATI X1950XTX 650/2000 MHz
2457
19.281
21.669
Sapphire Toxic X1900XTX 675/1600 MHz
2427
18.763
21.688
? ? ? ? ?
HDR/SM3.0 Test
Score
HDR1
HDR2


ATI X1900XTX 650/1550 MHz
2619
25.299
27.078
?
ATI X1950XTX 650/2000 MHz
2722
26.317
28.118
Sapphire Toxic X1900XTX 675/1600 MHz
2710
26.129
28.081
? ? ? ? ?
CPU Test
Score
CPU1
CPU2


ATI X1900XTX 650/1550 MHz
2150
0.679
1.089
?
ATI X1950XTX 650/2000 MHz
2153
0.679
1.093
Sapphire Toxic X1900XTX 675/1600 MHz
2158
0.681
1.095

We compared the card versus the just released X1950 XTX card and a good old X1900 XTX card. First we need to say is that Sapphire Toxic X1900 XTX is much quieter than the other two. That's where water cooling scores. It is especially more quiet than X1900 XTX air cooled, as this card could speed up the fan in heavy 3D testing or games.

Doom 3 shows that Toxic can even beat the X1950XTX. The performance is close but it is impressive to see that DDR 3 card clocked at 1600 MHz loses just marginally from X1950 XTX. Even with effects on Toxic is just 0.3 to one frame slower than X1950 XTX and it wins by up to three frames from X1900 XTX with a stock cooler.

In Far Cry Toxic is faster at first two resolutions by up to one frame and it loses by six frames at 20x15. Toxic is faster in Quake 4 by a small margin at two top resolutions and in two smaller it loses by a small margin. It is again faster in the same game with 4X FSAA and 8X Aniso surprised us that Toxic can outperform faster clocked card. It has to be due the 25 MHz faster core.

In FEAR Toxic stays behind just for a single frame in three top resolutions and four frames at 10x7. FEAR with 4X FSAA and 8X Aniso Toxic matches faster X1950 XTX at 12x9 and 20x15 and loses by a single frame at 16x12 and two at 10x7. Not even worth to mention it.

In Serious Sam 2, X1950 XTX is slightly faster by averagely single frame and in the same game with effects on it lags up to five frames. It is always two to three frames faster than a default clocked X1900 XTX. Only in highest ever settings Serious Sam High Quality HDR + FSAA 4X + Aniso 16X, Toxic loses its breath as X1950 XTX wins by up to seven frames but sometimes as little as two at 20x15.

Toxic wins 3Dmark03 by more than 100 marks, 3Dmark05 by less than 100 and loses in 3Dmark06 by less than 50 marks. X1950 XTX is just slightly faster in Shader model 2.0 and 3.0 / HDR tests. Overall Toxic sure can show its teeth.

In Short
First or all Toxic is the quietest card from X1900XTX and X1950 XTX that we seen so far. This is the key buying argument. Second stuff is that it ends up faster even from the X1950 XTX in some cases. You can push the card for additional 20 MHz and get even faster speeds as water will cool it but 700 MHz is unreachable.

We like the fact that its quiet, faster and that it can overclock. Sapphire makes dual Crossfire water-cooled with new Limited Edition TOXIC X1950 Crossfire card and TOXIC X1950XTX. Both cards are water-cooled but use two cards and two coolers, but deliver best performance for the niche enthusiast market.

Toxic should land in RV570, Radeon X1950PRO market as people would definitely like to have it and this one should overclock higher. Overall we like the water cooled Toxic it is a good, quiet card. At this time Toxic X1950 XTX should hit the shelves quite soon and will take $/€500 place and Toxic X1900 XTX is going to drop and make it even cheaper. ?

Reviewed and tested by Sanjin Rados and Fuad Abazovic

 

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