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GeForce FX Comparison - Prolink 5900XT vs. Albatron 5700P Turbo - The Cards - Prolink PixelView 5900XT

Today we've checked out a whole range of different nVidia GeForce FX cards from the 5200 right up to the 5900XT. We take a closer look at the Prolink PixelView 5900XT and the Albatron 5700P Turbo as the focus of the comparison style article.

By: | NVIDIA GeForce GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Jun 24, 2004 4:00 am

- The Prolink PixelView Offering



- Specifications


Graphics Chipset: GeForce FX 5900XT


Core Clock: 390MHz


Memory Size: 700MHz


Memory Interface: 128MB


Memory Bandwidth: 256-bit


Pixels per Clock (peak): 8


Textures per Pixel: 16*




- The Package


Unlike the Albatron box, the PixelView one is quite basic and simply states what the card is in extremely large text across the front of it, like the Albatron though, down the bottom right corner, we again have a quick little overview of some of the more important features on the box. You can also see the card through this box and with the card looking quite mean from the outside, if you walk into a shop and saw it on the shelves it would definitely grab your attention.



The back of the box shows us some more useful information including what the Plasma Display Fan is and a little bit about the hardware monitoring software that is included within the PixelView package.



Moving to the inside of the box we have quite a bit included within the Golden Limited package. Looking at the cables first, we have not only have our normal S-Video cable and S-Video to RCA adapter but we also have an RCA cable which is something that isn't included very often. We have a molex splitter cable - as you may know a number of the FX cards need power from a molex connector, instead of using what may be your last molex connector you can add the splitter to the end of it so you still have one spare.


Here we also see a DVI to VGA adapter if you want to use dual monitors on the card and a little face plate which we will talk more about in just a minute.



The software package on the other hand isn't as wonderful. Included we have a copy of PowerDVD and the Driver CD. We also have the manual and a quick installation guide.



- The Card


As you can see in the first picture of the page, we have something that is slightly different from your conventional cooling method. Here we have a cover that goes over the entire front of the card with a very unique looking device. This little device tells you how hot the card is and how fast the fans are spinning. This can be swiveled up and down depending on what case you have and what makes it easiest to see.


You may also remember just above we mentioned about the face plate that comes with the package. You can unscrew the display from the top of the card and mount it into the face plate. This is extremely handy if you don't have a window in your case; it means you can still make use of the extra functionality provided by Prolink.



Moving to the back of the card there is no memory sinks because there is no memory on the back. The full amount of memory for this card is mounted on the front of the card and is cooled with the block like heatsink. Like the Albatron card, you will notice that we also have a nice looking blue PCB.



Moving to the right of the card we have the power connected safely hidden away under the heatsink. Here you can also see all the little holes across the side of the heatsink, this is so the heat can escape and the fan can keep producing cool air.




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