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ECS AG400 Xabre 400 Graphics Card Review - Overclocking & Conclusion

With nVidia stealing the show of late in the video card market, can a fledgling chipset like the Xabre 400 really stand a chance at a coveted spot in your case? Come join Asher "Acid" Moses as he takes a hard look at the ECS AG400 Video Board and helps answer some questions about this new kid on the block. Can its budget price and performance numbers make it a winner? Come find out!

| Editorials in Video Cards | Posted: Aug 9, 2002 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 8.5%Manufacturer: ECS

Overclocking

 

Currently, Entech's PowerStrip software does not support the Xabre 400 GPU and we unfortunately could not find a similar overclocking utility that does. Unlike Triplex, ECS did not bundle a Xabre 400 compatible overclocking utility with the card so we were unable to test its overclocking potential. That said, if our Triplex Xabre Pro results are anything to go by, the chipset's lack of overclocking headroom will most likely render overclocking the card virtually pointless anyway. If you are planning on overclocking, I suggest you stay away from the ECS AG400 until this issue has been sorted out.

 

Conclusion

 

Overall we were quite impressed with the ECS AG400, however, it was not without its problems. Coming in at only US$100, the AG400 is ideal for those looking at purchasing a high performance gaming graphics card but are on a tight budget. However, its disappointing overclocking results, lack of DVI-output and non-existent software bundle will mean that it is certainly not a card for everyone.

 

The bottom line is, if you are looking for an inexpensive graphics card upgrade that provides performance in between that of the GeForce 4 MX440 and MX460, the ECS AG400 is quite a good buy. However, overclockers or users that require a DVI output should probably look elsewhere.

 

- Pros

 

High performance

 

Great value

 

AGP 8x

 

DirectX 8.1 support

 

TV output

 

- Cons

 

Poor overclocking results

 

Lacks hardware vertex shader

 

Lacks DVI output

 

Non-existent software bundle

 

Rating - 8.5/10

 

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