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Albatron GeForce FX5600U Ultra Videocard Review

Albatron GeForce FX5600U Ultra Videocard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Today we're going to be checking out the mainstream GeForceFX 5600 Ultra based videocard.
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External Mfg. Website: Albatron Aug 21 2003   Colin Sun  
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New NV31 Revision and Overclocking

Albatron use a fair sized copper HSF for the GPU, and I think it does a pretty good job at keeping the core cool. Thankfully, the fan on the heatsink is very quiet so you're not going to notice it while you're fragging away. Albatron cool the Hynix memory with large RAMsinks on the front of the videocard and smaller ones on the rear of the videocard. The memory didn't seem to generate all that much heat during testing.

As you can see from the picture on the left, the Albatron FX5600U uses the new and improved GeForceFX 5600 Ultra core. With the new core, the NV31 is now using the same FCBGA packaging as the more expensive NV35 (FX5900). nVIDIA have even incorporated a small copper heat spreader to protect the core from damage.

With the new core nVIDIA finally integrated a thermal diode so users can monitor its' temperature. The NV31 is a fairly cooling running, and during testing it would idle at around 28 degrees. Under full load that number rose close to 50 degrees Celsius. Much cooler than the 100+ degrees that the NV35 core of the GeForceFX 5900/5900 Ultra's ran at!

The new GeForceFX 5600 Ultra's already run faster than their older counter parts (400 MHz core vs 350 MHz for the original), and with the new features we were hoping for some nice numbers.

Starting at 400 MHz we proceeded to raise the core speed slowly, a few MHz at a time. With the default cooler on GeForceFX 5600 Ultra GPU we hit a maximum speed of 440 MHz. Anything higher and the image would start tearing in the various benchmarks.

We were expecting some good numbers from the core as it uses Hynix HY5DU283222 2.5ns BGA DRAM which is clocked at 800 MHz by default.

It seems as though this Hynix memory does not like to be overclocked as we hit our maximum speed at a lowly 825 MHz. Hopefully retail Albatron GeForceFX 5600 Ultra's will overclock a bit better than the unit we received for review.

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 9800 Pro (380/680)
ATi Radeon 9700 Pro (325/620)
Albatron GeForceFX 5900PV (400/850)
MSI G4Ti4600-TD (300/650)
Gigabyte Radeon 9600 Pro (400/600)
Albatron GeForceFX 5600P Turbo (325/600)
MSI FX5600-VTDR128 (325/550)
Albatron GeForceFX 5600 Ultra (400/800)

Albatron GeForceFX 5600 Ultra (440/825)

Memory:

2x 256MB Corsair XMS3500 CAS2

Hard Drive: 40GB WD Special Ed.
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

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Contents of Article: Albatron FX5600U
 Pg 1.  Albatron GeForce FX5600U Ultra Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  — New NV31 Revision and Overclocking
 Pg 3.  Benchmarks: 3DMark 2001SE, 3DMark03
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: AquaMark 2.3
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: Comanche 4
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: GunMetal 2
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: Quake III Arena
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: UT2003
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, QIII Arena w/AA
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, QIII w/AF
 Pg 11.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, QIII AF+AA
 Pg 12.  The new NV31 core is fast!

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