Sapphire's liquid-cooled Toxic X1900 XTX graphics card

By Justin Mann on July 20, 2006, 12:47 PM
Lately, graphics card manufacturers have become less willing—or perhaps less capable—of deviating from the reference designs provided by ATI and NVIDIA. This trend is especially apparent at the high end of the market, where often little more than a sticker and a couple of MHz differentiates one manufacturer's card from another. There's not really anything wrong with reference designs; it's just disappointing to see card makers settling for the status quo rather than pushing the envelope with tweaked board designs or innovative cooling solutions.

Fortunately, there are a few pockets of originality in a landscape of cookie-cutter reference designs. One such beacon of hope is Sapphire's Toxic X1900 XTX, a hot rod rendition of ATI's Radeon X1900 XTX that boasts higher clock speeds and an integrated liquid cooler. That's right: this card comes with liquid cooling in the box, and there's no extra assembly required.

Can the Toxic's liquid cooler help to set a new performance standard for the Radeon X1900 XTX? What about its impact on noise levels and overclocking? At around $650 it better offer something to make it worth, our fellow editors at TechReport give you a detailed review on this card.

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atk spade said:
With more advanced GPUs with hihger clock speeds IMO this could become the norm in a few years.
zephead said:
yeah, plus high-end SLI is like having an electric heater inside your case
Julio said:
Manufacturer out of the box offerings are also lacking custom cooling solutions that work better than reference design HSF units. I wouldn't mind spending a few extra dollars for a card that comes overclocked and with an after market cooler like the ones from Thermalright or Arctic Cooling.
Rage_3k_Moiz said:
Absolutely. Quality products are woth the premium u pay for them. Companies like BFG will soon be offering similar cards in the future if this trend catches on, since they already release factory-oveclocked cards with the OC signature.
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