Passive Radeon X1950 cards are on their way


— 10:20 AM on December 18, 2006

After being shoehorned into an AGP interface by Visiontek, the Radeon X1950 Pro is about to get the silent treatment from PowerColor. According to VR-Zone, PowerColor is cooking up versions of both the Radeon X1950 Pro and the faster Radeon X1950 XT with a new, completely passive cooler designed by Arctic Cooling. Going by pictures of the upcoming Radeon X1950 Pro model, the cooler is a sight to behold: outfitted with four heat pipes, it takes up a slot next to the card and sticks out a couple of inches above the card's PCB. Thanks to its large size, though, the cooler's performance is supposedly good enough to yield slightly lower temperatures than the Radeon X1950 Pro's stock air cooler.

VR-Zone says the passive Radeon X1950 Pro will hit stores in the first quarter of next year with a $10 price premium over the regular model. However, the site doesn't say when the passive Radeon X1950 XT will appear.

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