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Albatron GeForceFX 5200 Ultra Videocard Review

Albatron GeForceFX 5200 Ultra Videocard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: With the new GeForceFX class videocards even those on a tight budget can enjoy the benefits of DX 9, albeit at lower resolutions.
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External Mfg. Website: Albatron Jul 04 2003   Colin Sun  
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Overclocking and Benchmarks

We've had a ton of luck and fun overclocking Albatron videocards in the past and were hoping that we'd get some nice results from the budget FX 5200 Ultra as well. The Albatron FX 5200 Ultra is clocked by default at 325 MHz core and 600 MHz memory.

Built on the larger 0.15 micron manufacturing, I was pretty sure the core was near its limit. Still, I proceeded to raise the core speed as high as I could.

The 350 MHz mark came and went and I could still push the card higher. In the end were were able to run the core at a healthy 358 MHz mark. Would the memory overclock as well?

Actually right from the beginning I knew that the memory would be a good overclocker, heck it's using 2.8ns Hynix DRAM! Instead of being a good overclocker I immediately raised the memory speed to 700 MHz and the card ran flawlessly. The memory did 710 MHz without crying but unfortunately anything higher then 712 MHz and artifact tester would start registering artifacts. There were no visible artifacts until we hit 717 MHz but for benchmarking we ran at 712 MHz.

358 MHz core and 712 MHz memory, totally awesome for a budget videocard!!! As you'll see this provides a healthy boost to benchmarks.

PCStats Test System Specs:

Computer Hardware:

Processor:

Pentium 4 2.8 GHz

Clock Speed:

21 x 133 MHz = 2.8 GHz

Motherboards:

MSI GNB MAX-FISR*

Chipsets:

E7205

Videocard:

ATi Radeon 9700 Pro (325/620)
MSI G4Ti4600-TD (300/650)
MSI G4MX440-T8X (250/400)
Albatron GeForceFX 5200P (250/400)
Albatron GeForceFX 5600P Turbo (325/600)
Albatron GeForceFX 5200 Ultra (325/600)

Albatron GeForceFX 5200 Ultra (3/6)

Memory:

2x 256MB Corsair XMS3500 CAS2

Hard Drive: 20GB Maxtor DiamondMAX+
CDROM: NEC 52x CD-ROM
Floppy:

Panasonic 1.44MB Floppy Drive

Heatsink: AVC Sunflower
PowerSupply: Vantec 470W Stealth PSU
Software Setup

WindowsXP Build 2600
Intel INF 5.10.1012
Catalyst 3.5
Detonator 44.03

Workstation Benchmarks

3DMark2001SE
3DMark03
AquaMark
CodeCreatures
Commanche 4
Gun Metal 2
Quake III Arena Ver 1.17
UT2003

AA Test, AF and AA+AF Test
3DMark2001SE
Quake III Arena

* - 8x AGP was enabled and functioning properly during all testing.

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Contents of Article: Albatron FX5200U
 Pg 1.  Albatron GeForceFX 5200 Ultra Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  — Overclocking and Benchmarks
 Pg 3.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001SE, 3DMark03
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: AquaMark 2.3
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: Comanche 4
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: Gun Metal 2
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: Quake III Arena
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: UT2003
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, QIII Arena w/AA
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, QIII Arena w/AF, AA+AF
 Pg 11.  For the money it's a pretty good deal...

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