While not a speed demon, the
Albatron GeForceFX 5200P does do quite well for a videocard which retails for
only $155 CDN ($95 US). Often it was neck and neck with the MSI GeForce4
MX440-8X in terms of performance but best of all, since it's DirectX 9
compatible it's extremely future ready!
Of course with that low price point, the Albatron
GeForceFX 5200P does not come with much; a driver CD, WinDVD, users manual and
two video cables. Albatron decided against bundling games which is a good move
since there are no DirectX 9 titles on the market at the moment and this woul
ave just added to the price.
Our particular sample was not that great an overclocker
but then again overclocking is luck of the draw. Ideally for the budget/casual
gamer, the Albatron GeForceFX 5200P is pretty much powerful enough to handle all
current games at 1024x768. AA is just about out of the question with the
videocard as nvidia's NV34 core does not have the power to sustain playable
framerates. However, with the AF fixed on the new FX based videocards
(GeForce4's took a huge performance loss with AF enabled), it can be used
without much performance penalty. Image quality while not as good as the Radeon
9700 Pro, was still quite nice.
If you're in the market for a budget videocard, and are
not a hard core gamer, the Albatron GeForceFX 5200P is a good choice, it's more
future ready then both ATi's Radeon 9000 Pro and nVIDIA's own GeForce4 MX line
of cards. The passive heatsink also makes it entirely silent which is a
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