TEST SYSTEM SETUP
Processor - AMD Athlon 800MHz (8x100)
RAM - 256MB PC150 SDRAM
Motherboard - ABIT KT7A RAID
Video Card - X-Micro nVidia GeForce2 MX 32mb, X-Micro IMPACT 4 Pro 32mb, nVidia GeForce2 Ultra 64mb - Microsoft Windows 2000
Drivers - nVidia 10.80, DX8
Software - 3DMark 2000, 3DMark 2001, Quake 3 Arena
Results - Quake 3 Arena (1024x768 High Quality Graphics)
Results - 3DMark2000 (1024x768x16 no FSAA)
Results - 3DMark2001 (1024x768x32 no FSAA)
In all the benchmarks we can see that the GeForce2 Ultra beat the GeForce2 Pro marginally, however the much cheaper X-Micro GeForce2 MX wasn't all that far behind in all three benchmarks. While the X-Micro GeForce2 MX was overclocked at 200MHz core clock and 200MHz memory clock we got a 3DMark2001 score of 2489 which is 305 3DMarks above the default clock speeds.
While the X-Micro Hulk 5 GeForce2 MX 32mb video card didn't perform as well as the more expensive GeForce2 Pro and GeForce2 Ultra, for it's price it didn't perform all that bad. In fact when it was overclocked at 200MHz core clock and 200MHz memory clock it only performed 527 3DMarks slower than the GeForce2 Pro in 3DMark2001 - Very good considering how much cheaper the X-Micro Hulk 5 is to the GeForce2 Pro. In both the Twin View and TV Out models, X-Micro have included everything needed to get both Twin View and TV Out working. I was pleasantly surprised at the strong performance of the X-Micro Hulk 5, considering it has been labeled a video card for the value market. Like I said in the introduction to this review, if you are after a new video card after a CPU and motherboard upgrade, I would have no hesitation in recommending the featured-packed X-Micro Hulk 5 video card to you.
Rating - 8 / 10
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