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
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
Pentium 4 2.8 GHz
21 x 133 MHz = 2.8 GHz
MSI GNB MAX-FISR*
ATi Radeon 9700 Pro (325/620)
MSI G4Ti4600-TD (300/650)
Albatron GeForceFX 5200P
Albatron GeForceFX 5600P Turbo
Albatron GeForceFX 5200 Ultra
Albatron GeForceFX 5200 Ultra (3/6)
2x 256MB Corsair XMS3500 CAS2
||NEC 52x CD-ROM|
Panasonic 1.44MB Floppy Drive
||Vantec 470W Stealth PSU|
WindowsXP Build 2600
Gun Metal 2
Quake III Arena Ver 1.17
AA Test, AF and AA+AF
Quake III Arena
* - 8x
AGP was enabled and functioning properly during all testing.