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Albatron GeForce FX 5700P Turbo

Manufacturer: Albatron
Supplied By: Albatron
Street Price: $140

by Dean Barker (5/25/2004)

Introduction

The midrange graphics market is where the competition has moved.  Yes, I know NVidia and ATi are fighting hard for the top slot but what puts money in their respective pockets are the performance products that don't break the bank.  Case in point; the FX5900/5950 Ultra cards were fantastic products but the one that got everyone excited was the non-Ultra FX5900.  Priced at $200, performance fantasies could be had without cutting out a meal every day for a few months to pay the bill.  Albatron has moved this exact thinking over to the midrange GeForce, the FX5700.  Choosing DDR over DDR II they have cut costs significantly.  That and a lower clock speed on the core have produced the Albatron GeForce FX5700P Turbo and its $140 street price.  Today, we take Albatron's new board out for a spin to see how it stacks up.  First up, let's have some specs.

Specifications

• Powered by NVidia GeForce FX 5700 GPU
• 128mb DDR Memory configuration
• 128 bit memory interface
• 0.13 Micron Process Technology
• Core clock speed of 425MHz
• Memory clock speed of 650MHz
• CineFX™ 2.0 engine
• NVidia UltraShadow™ Technology
• NVidia Intellisample™ high resolution compression technology (HCT)
• Advanced pixel shaders
• Supports shading language for Cg
• AGP 8X -2.1GB/s bandwidth to system
• NVidia's nView™ multi-display technology
• Digital Vibrance Control (DVC) 3.0
• 4 Pixels/Clock Rendering Pipeline
• DVI output up to 1600x1200
• Integrated TV encoder up to 1024x768 resolution
• Integrated hardware MPEG-2 decoder
• NVidia® Unified Driver Architecture (UDA)
• Microsoft® DirectX® 9 Optimizations and Support
• OpenGL® 1.5 Optimizations and Support

What you get

The retail Albatron FX5700P Turbo comes with all the extras you would expect.  Aside from the FX5700P Turbo you get an S-Video adapter cable, composite cable, manual, Driver CD, a copy of WinDVD Creator, Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project and a game pack CD.  The game pack CD contains demo versions of AOW II, Max Payne, Zax, Beam Breaker and Rally Trophy.  This is pretty much the standard Albatron extras included with their products.


NEXT

Page 1 - Introduction
Page 2 - The Card
Page 3 - Performance / UT2003
Page 4 - Performance / Serious Sam: TSE, Quake 3, RTCW
Page 5 - Performance / Code Creatures, AquaMark v3, FSAA
Page 6 - Overclocking / Conclusion


 



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