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Chaintech Apogee AA5700U Videocard Review

Chaintech Apogee AA5700U Videocard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Chaintech bundles plenty of goodies with the AA5700U videocard, including a full version of Commandos 3, a five game demo CD, WinDVD, WinCreator, WinRip and WinProducer
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External Mfg. Website: Chaintech Mar 19 2004   Colin Sun  
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Advanced Benchmarks: UT2003, Conclusion

Unreal Tournament 2003

Source: Epic

Unreal Tournament 2003 is the sequel to 1999's multiple 'Game of the Year' award winner. It uses the very latest Unreal Engine technology - where graphics, sound and game play are taken beyond the bleeding edge. Unreal Tournament 2003 employs the use of Vertex as well as Pixel Shaders and it's recommended that you use a DirectX 8 videocard to get the most out of the game.

UT2003 - 1024x768 Flyby
Anti-Aliasing FPS Ranking

Chaintech Apogee AA5700U 2x AA

143.85

Chaintech Apogee AA5700U 4x AA 143.84

Chaintech Apogee AA5700U 6x AA

112.46
Chaintech Apogee AA5700U 46.48
Chaintech Apogee AA5700U 36.11
Anisotropic Filtering FPS Ranking

Chaintech Apogee AA5700U 2x AF

146.54

Chaintech Apogee AA5700U 4x AF

134.87

Chaintech Apogee AA5700U 8x AF

129.08
Anti-Aliasing and Anisotropic Filtering FPS Ranking

Chaintech Apogee AA5700U 2x AA, 8x AF

108.67

Chaintech Apogee AA5700U 4x AA, 8x AF

91.2

UT2003 - 1024x768 Botmatch
Anti-Aliasing FPS Ranking

Chaintech Apogee AA5700U 2x AA

81.1

Chaintech Apogee AA5700U QC AA

81.14
Chaintech Apogee AA5700U 4x AA 75.26
Chaintech Apogee AA5700U 6x AA 37.21

Chaintech Apogee AA5700U 8x AA

29.05
Anisotropic Filtering FPS Ranking

Chaintech Apogee AA5700U 2x AF

82.74

Chaintech Apogee AA5700U 4x AF

82.25

Chaintech Apogee AA5700U 8x AF

81.36

Anti-Aliasing and Anisotropic Filtering FPS Ranking

Chaintech Apogee AA5700U 2x AA, 8x AF

75.75

Chaintech Apogee AA5700U 4x AA, 8x AF

68

You're going to be happy with the Chaintech Apogee AA5700U's performance if you're a FPS player. As the other benchmarks suggest even with 2x and QC AA enabled performance does not suffer all that much. AF does not kill frame rates and when both AA and AF are enabled things simply look beautiful!

Chaintech's Black Beauty!

Chaintech still need to work on increasing their North American exposure before they become as familiar as Abit, ECS, or others. The companies' Apogee line of videocards is certainly an easy route to that goal, as they offer among the best value in the market.

Of course there's more to the Chaintech Apogee AA5700U than just its looks, the card is fairly well equipped, and manages the benchmarks at a good mainstream level. For those of you who like to output your display to the television, the card has an S-Video out, and of course the necessary DVI-to-analog converter is there for use with dual monitors.

Chaintech's custom cooling solution runs about 4-5 degrees Celsius cooler than other GeForceFX 5700 Ultra videocards we've tested, and remains pretty quiet as well. On the software side, we would have liked to have found a few more games in the box, but you can't win them all I suppose. Chaintech's GOSU software is probably the most powerful manufacturer bundled overclocker we have ever seen, and it gets high marks from me. I gave up trying to find the maximum core and memory speed after 700/1200.... boy it's nice to see that Chaintech is not afraid to let you push their cards to the max!

The Chaintech Apogee AA5700U's performance was very good considering it's targeted towards the mainstream market. While obviously slower than the highend cards, the Apogee AA5700U still managed to dish out good frame rates at 1024x768 resolutions which is now pretty much the bare minimum for gamers. Overclocking raised its performance, enabling the 5700U GPU under the hood to go toe-to-toe with ATi's Radeon 9700 Pro!

With a retail price of $255 CDN ($191 US), the Chaintech Apogee AA5700U videocard is not the most inexpensive card out there, but it won't break the bank either. Bottom line, this baby's got good performance, a decent software bundle and nice looks. That chalks up to one well rounded mainstream videocard package!

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Contents of Article: Chaintech Apogee AA5700U
 Pg 1.  Chaintech Apogee AA5700U Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  Chaintech's GOSU Software
 Pg 3.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, CodeCreatures
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: AquaMark 2.3, AquaMark3
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: Gun Metal, X2: The Threat
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: UT2003
 Pg 7.  Advanced Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, X2: The Threat
 Pg 8.  — Advanced Benchmarks: UT2003, Conclusion

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