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Chaintech Apogee FX71 GeForce FX 5600 Ultra Review - Conclusion

The GeForce FX has recently given nVidia a bad name with various decisions which could have been handled better. Chaintech is a long time supporter of nVidia and has stood by them in thick and thin. Today Cameron "Sov" Johnson takes a look at Chaintech's Apogee FX71 with some amazing cooling technology which is based on the Apogee FX71 core. Can Chaintech help nVidia in the performance department? Read on and find out!

| NVIDIA GeForce GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Sep 21, 2003 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 6.0%Manufacturer: Chaintech

Conclusion

 

Short and sweet, the GeForce FX 5600 Ultra core in all honesty is simply not up to the challenge compared to a much cheaper alternative, the ATI Radeon 9600 Pro. While on paper the FX series looks the goods, its simply too complex to take advantage of any game that is here now and even for some time to come, and with product cycles lasting as long as they do today, its simply a big money drain for nVidia to keep this product up.

 

While the core was a disappointment, the card is a masterpiece of engineering, The cooling unit was fantastic, keeping very quiet and cooling extremely effective despite the lack of core overclocking, memory overclocking shows that this system can and does work.

 

The included VIVO system is pretty much the only saving grace this card can have for anyone wanting an FX, but with ATI looking at All-in-Wonder 9600 cards, the FX could soon be out of business.

 

Overall the cards poor performance overshadows its technically great cooling design.

 

- Pros

 

Best cooling solution for FX based GPUs

 

Very quiet cooling

 

Great memory overclocking

 

- Cons

 

Slower than cheaper Radeon competitor

 

Price/Performance ratio just not good

 

Rating - 6 out of 10

 

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