XFX GeForce FX 5200 Graphics card 128 MB DDR SDRAM

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XFX GeForce FX 5200 Graphics card 128 MB DDR SDRAM

The GeForce FX 5200 GPUs deliver best-in class performance and features at a great price. Experience cinematic-quality effects and studio-quality colo...

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published 18/07/2005 | simcox1
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"Quality graphics will help your PC"

Why would I need a graphics card? Well just to explain this, when you buy a new pc, it will either have a seperate graphics card installed or more commonly it will have 'built-in' graphics. This means that your motherboard has on-board graphics. The problem with onboard or built-in graphics is that it doesn't have it's own memory. Say you have 256mb of RAM, and built-in graphics of 64mb (a common set-up). Your actual RAM will only be 192mb because your onboard graphics have to steal 64mb to run. If you have a seperate graphics card it has it's own memory and doesn't need to steal from your RAM.

So that is a major advantage. You could of course upgrade your RAM instead for a similar price, but generally you will get the best performance from having a dedicated graphics card. Apart from having its own memory there are many other advatages.

This particular graphics card is the XFX GeForce FX5200 with 128mb of memory. It also has AGP 8*. I will attempt to explain what this means.

Obviously the memory is the amount of memory it has. This is particularly important if you do anything which requires heavy graphics usage. For example video editing or gaming. The AGP 8* figure refers to the type of card this is. AGP is the latest standard of video card and 8* (where*=times) is the latest speed. Previously 4* was the standard. An AGP card should be quicker than a PCI video card.

Other features of this card are:

TV/DVD out. You can connect your pc to your tv or dvd player via the svideo socket of the card.

Cinema quality graphics via the CineFX Engine.

nView Multi-display Technology. If you want to run something accross several screens.

DirectX 9.0 compatible.

In order to use this card you must have an AGP slot on your motherboard. It will be brown in colour. You will probably have 1 AGP slot and up to 8 (white) PCI slots. It simply clicks into place.

Being able to hook up to your dvd/video/tv is also good if you do video editing. This card will give you excellent quality pictures. However this is not a top of the range card. It is a budget one. Generally speaking you will pay around £40 online including delivery (ebuyer.com). Probably a lot more in the store. If you are seriously into gaming you will no doubt want a much more powerful graphics card. Many cards can cost hundreds of pounds. The more power it has the quicker it will be for very graphics intensive applications, such as games.

But for the budget minded person who is looking for a good basic graphics card to perhaps free up some RAM, and which will also be more than adequate for general requirements this is an excellent choice. You can play high quality games and it will handle video editing etc. But if you do a lot of this then greater speeds will cost more.

You can check out this card in more detail by going to www.xfxforce.com.

I will now list basic specs and system requirements:

You will need:

Pentium4/III/II/Celeron, AMD K6/Athlon
AGP 8*/4* slot (it is backwards compatible)
64 MB of system memory (at least)
CD-ROM drive
Windows 98/98SE/ME/2000/NT4.0/XP

This also works fine on my Linux (Mandriva 10.2) system

The technical specs are:

Graphics Core - 256 bit
Vertices/sec - 63 million
Pixels per clock - 4 peak
RAMDACs (MHz) - 350
Fill Rate - 1 Billion
Textures per Pixel - 13

In the box you will find the card in its anti static bag, a quick installation guide (which covers both hardware and software installation), the software CD, and an svideo lead.

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  • oldgoth published 19/07/2005
    i got one of these, but 256 Mb memory one, and it runs doom 3 fine.
  • Mark20 published 18/07/2005
    Great review this is a good graphics card and surely a perfect buy for someone looking to improve their graphics on a budget!
  • ptitpupuk published 18/07/2005
    Good review, which clearly explained to me (rubbish at computers) what my brother (computer engineer) tried to get me to understand for the last 5 years (in the computer jargon that was like chinese to me)... Thanks ... Lorraine xx
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Product Information : XFX GeForce FX 5200 Graphics card 128 MB DDR SDRAM

Manufacturer's product description

The GeForce FX 5200 GPUs deliver best-in class performance and features at a great price. Experience cinematic-quality effects and studio-quality color, and the industry-leading performance and rock-solid driver stability you expect from NVIDIA. The only DirectX 9 compatible GPUs in their class, the 5200 models are engineered for compatibility with the latest gaming and multimedia software.

Product Details

Product Description: XFX GeForce FX 5200 graphics card - GF FX 5200 - 128 MB, XFX Personal Cinema 5200 graphics card - GF FX 5200 - 128 MB, XFX GeForce FX 5200 - graphics adapter - GF FX 5200 - 128 MB

Device Type: Graphics card, Graphics adapter

Bus Type: AGP 8x, PCI

Graphics Engine: NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200

Memory: 128 MB - DDR, 128 MB / 128 MB (max), 128 MB

Effective Memory Clock: 333 MHz

RAMDAC: 350 MHz

Max Resolution: 2048 x 1536

Max Monitors Supported: 2

Interfaces: 1 x VGA - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15) ¦ 1 x DVI-I - 29 pin combined DVI ¦ 1 x TV-out

API Supported: DirectX 9.0, OpenGL 1.4

Video Input: Video in

TV Interface: TV out

Video Compression Standards: MPEG-2

RAMDAC Clock Speed: 350 MHz

Video Output: 2048 x 1536

Enclosure Type: Plug-in card

Interface Type: PCI

System Requirements: Microsoft Windows 95, Linux, Microsoft Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/XP

Video Memory Installed ( Max ): 128 MB - DDR SDRAM

Graphics Processor / Vendor: NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200

Microsoft Certification: Certified for Windows Vista

Package Type: Retail

General

MPN: PVT34KNAHG, PVT34KNTH6, PVT34CNPF7, PVT34KNTHG, PVT34KNAH8, PVT64KNTF7, PVT64KNT

Device Type: Graphics card, Graphics adapter

Bus Type: AGP 8x, PCI

Graphics Engine: NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200

RAMDAC: 350 MHz

Max Resolution: 2048 x 1536

Max Monitors Supported: 2

Interfaces: 1 x VGA - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15) ¦ 1 x DVI-I - 29 pin combined DVI ¦ 1 x TV-out

API Supported: DirectX 9.0, OpenGL 1.4

Features: Digital Vibrance Control (DVC)

Enclosure Type: Plug-in card

Interface Type: PCI

Memory

Size: 128 MB, 128 MB / 128 MB (max)

Technology: DDR SDRAM

Effective Clock Speed: 333 MHz

System Requirements

OS Required: Microsoft Windows NT 4.0, Microsoft Windows 95/98, Linux, Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition, Microsoft Windows 2000 / XP

Peripheral / Interface Devices: CD-ROM

Min RAM Size: 32 MB

System Requirements Details: Windows 2000/ME/XP - RAM 32 MB ¦ Linux - RAM 32 MB

Additional Requirements: CD-ROM

Miscellaneous

Software Included: Drivers & Utilities

Included Accessories: Remote control, breakout box

Cables Included: DVI-VGA adapter, 1 x S-Video cable

Certified for Windows Vista: Certified for Windows Vista software and devices have undergone compatibility tests for ease-of-use, better performance and enhanced security.

Package Type: Retail

Video Input

Type: Video in

Software / System Requirements

System Requirements Details: Windows 95/98/NT/2000/ME/XP - RAM 128 MB

Peripheral / Interface Devices: CD-ROM, PCI slot

OS Required: Microsoft Windows 95, Linux, Microsoft Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/XP

Expansion / Connectivity

Compatible Slots: 1 x PCI

Interfaces: 1 x VGA - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15) ¦ 1 x S-video output

Video Output

TV Interface: TV out

Video Compression Standards: MPEG-2

API Supported: DirectX 9.0, OpenGL 1.4

Supported Display Graphics: QXGA (2048x1536)

Max Resolution (external): 2048 x 1536

Analogue Video Format: S-Video

Processor / Memory

RAMDAC Clock Speed: 350 MHz

Video Memory Installed: 128 MB

Technology: DDR SDRAM

Graphics Processor / Vendor: NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200

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