Last Fall ATI reinvigorated their mainstream graphics lineup, introducing a slew of new graphics processors at both the high and low ends of the mainstream segment. The GPU that garnered the most attention among enthusiasts was easily the Radeon X1950 Pro though.
With its brand new RV570 graphics core, the X1950 Pro turned heads. The chip was equipped with 36 pixel shaders -- just 12 shading units shy of ATI's flagship Radeon X1950 XTX -- and also sported a 256-bit external memory interface. Arguably the Radeon X1950 Pro's most notable new feature though was its integrated CrossFire engine. Whereas previous Radeon cards relied on an array of external chips to provide CrossFire functionality, the Radeon X1950 Pro was the first ATI card offered with integrated CrossFire built-in to every card. This ended the need for separate CrossFire master cards that could sometimes be hard to find at retail, and the thick, ungainly CrossFire dongles that accompanied them.