Today Mikhailtech takes a look at a rather controversial video card, ECS's AG400T8-D64, based on the Xabre 400.
All of the outputs are handled by the SiS 301. The DVI connector found on the Triplex card is replaced by the 3DCON1 (3DVR/3D glasses) as well as the RCA1 (TV-out composite). Personally I like the former configuration since dual monitors are a lot more common than either of those. Then there's the usual SCON1 (TV-out S-Video) and CRT1 (VGA). The inclusion/exclusion of various connectors is not driver dependent; you can set video modes via the jumpers and incompatible modes just won't work. Memory is also different on the various cards. Actually only one of the two SiS reference boards uses 3.3ns Hynix memory; the others use 3.3ns EtronTech. Some versions of the Triplex use Hynix while others are equipped with EtronTech. 1000/3.3 = 303, so the memory is rated to hit 303mhz DDR, or 606mhz effectively. Naturally, more than just the memory module dictates exactly what kind of results can be had.More information at Mikhailtech
Explosive Labs has just completed a review on the Chaintech A-GT61 GeForce 4 Ti4600 video card.
Currently if you are an avid computer user looking for the highest performance in graphics your going to lean towards a Geforce 4 Ti4600, why? Because gamers these days and tweakers alike want the absolute fastest gaming experience possible in any given game. So of course they are going to want the best and nothing less. nVidia's Geforce 4 Titanium series is the answer. the nVidia Geforce 4 Titanium series is the top choice among gamers because it provides silky smooth gameplay with beatuiful textures at high resolutions.More information at Explosive Labs
SimHQ.com takes a quick look at PNY's Quadro4 900 XGL 128MB video card.
PNY has not even been in the video card arena long and already they have taken a big step being one of NVIDIA's strongest partners and now, taking over Quadro from where ELSA left off. In fact, GeForce 3 was PNY first new graphics card launch. Right away, the Verto line has established itself as a strong player in the marketplace and is competing head-to-head with Visiontek as the dominant player in the US market.More information at SimHQ.com
OCaddiction has the eVGA GeForce4 Ti 4400 in house today and puts it to the test with several different benchmarks at varying degrees of FSAA.
There are 3 flavors of the GeForce Ti series cards. There is the Top end Ti 4600. The middle guy, Ti 4400 and the more budget friendly Ti 4200 version which is the cheapest of the three. All three varied in price ranges with their own specific markets. The Ti 4400 seems to be a favorite card among enthusiasts as it provides the best "bang for the buck". Normally a 4400 can be had for 100$ cheaper than a 4600, yet if your lucky enough to get a quality card, you can overclock the 4400 to near or beyond 4600 default speeds. 4xS is currently nVIDIA's highest offering of Full Screen Anti-Aliasing. Impressive? Yes. Not only do we get smoother visuals than simple 4x, we don't see any additional loss of performance. Quincunx may have been a gimmick, but 4xS is the "real deal". My eVGA GF4 Ti 4400 may not be able to handle games like RtCW and JKII with 4xS enabled, but you can bet I'll be sporting 4xS in games like Diablo2 and WC3. Not only does it run smoothly in both, it looks great as well.More information at OCaddiction
Tweakers Asylum has a review of the ECS AG400T8-D64 Xabre400 video card.
If you're looking for a low cost alternative to fulfill you're display duties, the ECS AG400T8-D64 is a great choice!! At only $90.00, it offers up great 3D Gaming performance, several TV-Out options, and amazing DVD playback.More information at Tweakers Asylum
Ascully.com checks out ATi's latest Radeon 9000 Pro video card.
The Radeon 9000 Pro hit the market last week at a really aggressive $129 USD price. This brings it in direct competition with NVIDIA's Geforce 4 MX series of cards, but with one MAJOR difference. The Radeon 9000 Pro is fully DX8.1 compliant like its bigger brother the Radeon 8500, and this means all those sexy smartshader effects like the rippling water in Morrowind are now available to the mass market. We will look at the technology involved in this card as we go through the review.More information at Ascully.com
Explosive Labs has completed a review of the OC System Enhanced GeForce 4 Ti4200 64MB Video Card.
At first glance, you'll notice the big orange heatsink. This is Thermaltake's Geforce 4 Highest Performance Cooler designed for the Geforce 4 Titanium line of video cards. It's an all-copper heatsink with a fan spinning at 5500RPM. This will provide sufficient cooling for the GPU core.More information at Explosive Labs
PC Stats has just done a review of the Crucial Radeon 8500LE video card.
Crucial is not a name you would normally associate with videocards, but they are trying their hand in the market and if all goes well we could be seeing some very cool stuff from them... after all, they control what kind of micron memory goes on the cards! Crucial have teamed up with ATI and Sapphire Tech to produce the Crucial Radeon 8500LE 128MB. With the 8500LE Crucial are squarely targeting mainstream consumers looking for a no-nonsense & economical videocard to extend the life of existing computer systems. In that sense, the priorities of the consumer invariably turn to problem free installation, and knowledge that service and support from the company are there should anything go wrong.More information at PC Stats
Oh boy is there some stuff in this mailbox today, anyhow here's a few reviews plus some other video card related content.
- ECS AG400 SiS Xabre 400 @ PC Stats
- VINIX VX-3340 Xabre 400 @ VR-Zone
- Radeon 8500 All-In-Wonder 128 MB @ Backshelf
- Anti-Aliasing by Contemporary Graphics Cards @ X-bit labs
- Updated Windows 9x/ME NVIDIA Detonator Driver Database @ Tweakers Asylum
- eVGA MX-440 1U/5v Cooler Mod Guide @ Mikhailtech
3DGameMan have posted another one of their unique video reviews of the Antec LED case fans. These things look pretty cool if you ask me, we've got a couple fans on the backlog waiting to be reviewed... This video review does give you a good idea of how good they fans really look.
These Antec LED Fans add a personality to your case, are quiet and functional all at the same time. This fan spunk will cost you a little more than a standard fan; however, these fans are a very welcome change.More information at 3DGameMan.
Cameron "Sov" Johnson has just finished up some more testing for your viewing pleasure. This time up is the Gigabyte AP64D-H Radeon 8500 Video Card. It's a trip away from the nVidia line, but we needed to be able to see all the main players to help determine what makes the BEST addition to your system. Come on in and see if this Radeon based card has what it takes.
- Discuss it in the Forums
While reading over at Icontic I noticed someone is selling a collection of former 3DFX video cards on Ebay, must be a former 3DFX employee methinks. The collection includes the V4 4000, V4 4500, V5 5000, V5 5500, and V5 6000 which is currently bidding at $1,025 US.
If you are into collectables, I'd image these would become fairly valuable in years to come.
Cameron "Sov" Johnson has just finished up with some more testing. This time up is the Leadtek A170 GeForce4 MX440 Video Card. Can Leadtek turn a budget card into a winner? Come on in and find out!
- Discuss it in the Forums
Mike "Darthtanion" Wright has just finished up some testing on the brand new Prolink GeForce4 MX440 Video Card. With all the rumors flying around, it was time to see how much was myth and how much was reality. So come on in and see how the new Budget Card compares to some of yesterdays All-Stars.
- Discuss it in the Forums
Hercules just sent me some info on their soon to be released range of ATI Radeon 8500 and 7500 based graphics cards. It will be very interesting to see how these fair against the strong competition from nVidia.
3D Prophet AIW 8500 DV (RRP $AUD999)
3D ACCELERATION: THE MOST FEATURE-RICH 3D ACCELERATOR AVAILABLE
3D architecture powered by ATI's RADEON™ 8500 GPU
230MHz core clock with 64MB onboard DDR RAM
Supports the latest 3D technology for high framerates and photo-realistic 3D scenes
Full hardware support for the latest APIs (OpenGL® and DirectX® 8.1)
STEREO TV-TUNER: THE LATEST TV FEATURES ON YOUR PC
Stereo TV tuner (PAL B/G/D/K/I and SECAM L/D/K) with up to 125 channels
Integrated Teletext, Multistandard Autoscan and Time Shifting functions
Watch TV while working or surfing the web: full screen, in-window, mosaic and background displays available
RADIO-FREQUENCY REMOTE CONTROL
Control DVD and TV from a far distance
VIDEO EDITING STUDIO: A SIMPLE AND COMPLETE HOME VIDEO EDITING SOLUTION
Capture and edit digital video at up to 25fps in 720x576 (PAL) without loss of quality
Enhance your videos by adding cool special effects, titles, transitions and soundtracks Record your videos on CD-R, video cassette or DVD-R, or send them to friends by Email
DVD PLAYBACK: HOME THEATER SUPPORT FOR DVD AND DIGITAL AUDIO ON YOUR PC
Motion Compensation and iDCT hardware acceleration
Enhanced de-interlacing for crisp and fluid display
Dolby® AC-3 digital output (External AC-3 decoder not included)
SECOND DISPLAY ON TV SCREEN
Monitor display (DVI or VGA) simultaneous with TV Out
HYDRAVISION™ technology for single or dual-screen display
TV Output to to 1024x768 resolution in NTSC and PAL
3D Prophet AIW 7500 ($AUD549)
3D Acceleration: Total gaming control in 3D games
Powered by ATI's RADEON™ 7500 GPU
Ultra-fast 260MHz core clock with 64MB onboard DDR RAM
Supports the latest 3D technology (3D textures, environment bump mapping) for complex character animation in real-time, with good frame rates
Advanced Stereo TV Set: Transform your PC into a TV & a VCR
Stereo TV tuner (PAL B/G/D/K/I and SECAM L/D/K) with VCR and up to 125 channels
Teletext and Multistandard Autoscan to automatically view and search TV programs
Time Shifting to schedule and record live programs and get instant replays
Video Editing Studio: Complete solution for creating exciting videos
Digitize video tapes from an analog camcorder in MPEG2 format
Enhance your videos by adding cool special effects, titles, transitions and soundtracks
Playback your video files (MPEG-2, AVI formats) through audio and video analog outputs and record the edited movies on a VCR
DVD Video Playback: User-friendly DVD player to watch DVD Videos on PC
ATI Multimedia Center for industry leading DVD hardware acceleration
VIDEO IMMERSION™ II TECHNOLOGY: crisp and smooth DVD video playback due to advanced adaptive de-interlacing support
Dolby® AC-3 digital output* (External AC-3 decoder not included)
TV Screen as Second Display
Monitor display (DVI or VGA) simultaneous with TV Out
RAGE THEATER™ processor for monitoring all multimedia functions
Hydravision™ software provides a user-friendly interface for simplified management of display
TV-Out for display on PAL/NTSC TV sets supporting up to 1024x768 resolution
DVI encoder for digital flat panel display in 16 million colors
Asher "Acid" Moses has just finished up testing the Abit Siluro Ti200/DVI Video Card. Most of us already realize that the nVidia Ti200 chipset is a pretty good way to go for high-end graphics on a budget, but it was time to see what Abit can bring to the board. Come on in and check it out!
Ever wonder how far your PC could go if stuck in a coldroom? Well over at Digit Life they took a P4@2.1GHz with a CPU temp of 1c and system of -6c to find out what sort of extreme overclocking could be done to the ATI RADEON 8500 and NVIDIA GeForce3 Ti 500 video cards so go and see what happened.