Sapphire Confirms Dual-GPU Graphics Card

Sapphire Technology, the world's largest producer of ATI Radeon-based graphics cards, unveiled at Consumer Electronics Show the industry's first dual-chip graphics card based on the Radeon X1950 Pro graphics processing units (GPUs). The novelty may offer pretty high performance, however, due to lack of DirectX 10 support, its market prospects are uncertain. As revealed earlier, Sapphire's Radeon X1950 Pro Dual is a bulky graphics card that carries two Radeon X1950 Pro GPUs that work in CrossFire mode, 1GB of GDDR3 memory and a bridge chip. The board has two power connectors and may not fit into typical computer cases, but require large, enthusiast-oriented, chassis. Sapphire also confirmed that in future it will be possible to make two dual-chip graphics boards work together, thus providing 4-way multi-GPU performance.

"The same thickness as a standard two slot graphics card, the Sapphire X1950 Pro Dual connects via a single PCI-Express x16 slot, bringing dual-GPU performance to mainboards with only one PCI Express connector, and opening up the future possibility of the world's first Quad AMD GPU operation in an ATI CrossFire mainboard," a statement by Sapphire reads.

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omg wow now i can finish all my games twice as fast using 1 card!

seriously, how many people NEED this card (and others like it) to run games right NOW? im sure this card will be REQUIRED much later though. just wait till prices drop.

I got Sparkle 8800GTX in sli Dual and Core Processing power u need dual core with these type of card its fits perfect into My raid Max Sagitta Caseing, i dont need to wounder about any other card for at least 10 months im dx10 ready.

Ati only comes out with there 1Gig Daul GPU now not supporting dx10 shame what a waist? Dont go for the card its bulky and its gonna be a very hot card to cool down.

But the R600 looks awsome! now thats a card to go for if ur an ATI FAN, but ill stick to nividia.


Counter Strike Source, BF2142 PEOPLE not Quake 4

Not impressed.. When someone brings out dual keyboard or dual trackpad on a notebook then I'll be impressed

crap, i still stuck with my radeon 9600se and my athlon xp 2600+ on my desktop... and now quad core is almost standard and even dual core graphics cards come out...

redmosquito said,
crap, i still stuck with my radeon 9600se and my athlon xp 2600+ on my desktop... and now quad core is almost standard and even dual core graphics cards come out... :(


Don't sweat it. I have a 2800XP Barton, and a 6800GS card. My system runs Quake 4 on High Quality.
OK maybe it's not cutting edge, but seriously, going from single core Processors and a 256mb GPU to a Dual Processor and Quad Core GPU is just ridiculous.

DX10 is on the horizon yes....but if you are thinking that all games are suddenly going to sprout extra capabilities and REQUIRE DX10 as standard from the off, you are more stupid than the mindless PR Spindoctors at the various Hardware Vendors.

The fact is, for at least the next 3-4 years, my current system will be capable of using all day-to-day office applications, and Vista. Most games will work fine for the next 12-18months.

People need to stop thinking that an 8800GTX is the natural progression from their already speedy systems!!!

Think for yourselves.

Yeah, don't sweat it. P4 2.8 with 6800. I don't plan on upgrading anything anytime soon. It runs everything I want. Of course, even if I did want to upgrade I don't have any money. Lol.

This really sounds very good... QuadGpu setups are going to rock :cool:
Also I clearly wouldn't say that it is "lacking" DX10 - it's just the absence of a feature that is totally useless right now and probably still will be useless for quite some time to come: Vista isn't what it was hyped to be (despite 5 long years of development), so adaption to it will be slow, and the adaption to the additionally required DX10 cards will still be much slower.

But why spend money for yesterday's technology? 8800GTX will definately be able to holds it's own and when DX10 games do come out at least you would have a card that will support it.

Deadpool2k said,
But why spend money for yesterday's technology? 8800GTX will definately be able to holds it's own and when DX10 games do come out at least you would have a card that will support it.


And the 8800GTX will be tomorrows technology when the R600 is released..

NeoFlux said,


And the 8800GTX will be tomorrows technology when the R600 is released..

Yea your right, the 8800GTX will still be superior to any R600, nice comeback.