Today we take a look at the mid-line GeFroce FX5600EQ made by Albatron. Companies realize that not everyone can afford top end video cards for their systems, nor do many folks need a 4 or 500$ video card for their systems. For these people there are alternatives such as the FX 5600 we are looking at today, as well as the even cheaper GF FX 5200 series cards. These video cards provide acceptable graphical horsepower while having a much smaller price tag than nVidia's top end cards.
Albatron has become a player in the hardware community in the last year or two with a great offering of motherboards, video cards and more. In fact, their GF4 Ti4200P Turbo was one of the best Ti4200 cards we reviewed, so naturally, we had high hopes for the FX5600EQ built from NV31 technology.
Out of the box
Nothing special here. You get your standard box that houses the video card, cables and software. Noted is the "Dawn" looking character on the front of the box. Not the best packaging design I have seen mind you, but I've certainly seen worse.
Visually, the card is remeniscent of Albatron's 4200 series cards with an updated cooling scheme. Not a bad looking card all-in-all.
The card comes packed with a respectable amount of software and all the cables you'd need for video hookup, etc.
While I generally could care less what games come with my video card (I simply buy the ones I want) It is nice to have something right out of the box to show off the capabilities and prowess of your brand spanking new video card, Serious Sam and Motocross Madness are included. Albatron has also included drivers, nVidia demo's and WinDVD to watch your favorite movies with.
Even though the FX 5600 has 256MB of memory and it is nVidia's mid-range video card, notice how little increase in Vertices/sec. it has over the FX 5200, while the FX 5900 produces nearly 4x as many Vertices/sec than the FX 5600. Moving on.
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