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  Product:     Albatron Gigi FX5900XTV 128MB Video Card  
  Price:     $255 (CAN) / $195 (U.S)
  Supplied By:     Albatron
  Author:     Hi-TEK
  Date:     April 3rd, 2004
  Rating:     star star star star star star star star star

MODTHEBOX would like to thank Venny from Albatron for providing the Albatron Gigi FX5900XTV 128MB Video Card for review.

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Introduction:

The battle lines have been drawn in the video card industry with two key players vying for top spot in the consumer market. ATI and NVIDIA have solidified their reputations as premier video chipset manufacturers offering a wealth of products and development to enhance the gaming landscape. In order to meet the needs of a high-end gaming platform, Microsoft's DirectX9 extension continues to push envelope by providing a core technology that drives high-speed multimedia and games on the PC. Albatron Technology based out of Tapei, Taiwan is a manufacturer and distributor of high technology products such as leading edge motherboards, monitors and video cards. The company is a key channel partner for NVIDIA developing a video card product line based on the NVIDIA FX reference design. Today in the MTB Labs, we will be evaluating the new Albatron Gigi FX5900XTV 128MB Video Card, a product developed for high-end gaming applications.

Specifications:

The Albatron FX5900XTV is a high-end video card that incorporates NVIDIA’s FX5900 PCB reference design offering 128MB of memory and supports for AGP8x. Special features include DirectX and OpenGL support as well as DVI, TV Out and Video-In/Video-Out. Here are some specifications taken directly from the Albatron website:

Albatron Gigi FX5900XTV 128MB Video Card - Key Specifications
Graphics Controller NVIDIA GeForce FX5900XTV
Memory Configuration 128MB DDR(256 bit)
Connectors 1 x VGA Out (15-Pin D-Sub)
1 x VIVO
1 x DVI connector
Bus Interface AGP 1x/2x/4x/8x
Max Resolution 2048x1536 @ 75Hz
TV Tuner N/A
Video-in Supported
Video-out Supported
Clock Speed 390MHz
Memory Speed 400MHz
System Requirements Free AGP port 8X/4X
CD or DVD ROM for software installation
32MB system RAM minimum
30MB free hard disk space minimum
Operation system - Windows® XP, Windows® Me, Windows® 98, Windows® 2000, Windows® NT
Operating Systems Support Windows® XP/2000/ME/98SE
 

CineFX 2.0 Engine: Powers cinematic effects beyond imagination with advanced vertex and pixel shader capabilities, stunning and complex special effects are possible. Increased horsepower delivers faster and smoother gameplay.

NVIDIA® UltraShadow Technology: Advanced technology designed to enhance the performance of bleeding-dege games that use complex shadows.

NVIDIA® Intellisample High-Resolution Compression Technology: Delivers higher image quality through anti-aliasing at frame rates that rival aliased modes. The industry's fastest and highest quality anti-aliasing.

AGP 8x: Provides double the bandwidth of AGP 4X ¡V 2.1GB/sec. vs. 1.1GB/sec. Enables more complex models and detailed textures, creating richer and more lifelike environments. Uninterrupted data flow allows for smoother video streaming and faster, more seamless gameplay. Uses a 13u Process Technology delivers higher performance through faster clock rates.

Architected for Cg: Ensures that the newest, cutting-edge special effects in applications will run flawlessly. Speeds up content creation so game developers can get their new games out to PC users faster than ever before.

Integrated Encoders: Integrated TV encoderProvides best-of-class TV-OUT functionality with resolutions up to 1024x768. Integrated full hardware MPEG-2 decoder delivers full-frame, full-screen MPEG-2 video on your desktop.

NVIDIA® nVIEW Multi-Display Technology: Great multi-display technology with a easy-to-use control panel interface. A setup wizard makes configuring your desktops a snap.

NVIDIA Digital Vibrance Control 3.0: Superior display quality with sharper text and richer color for displaying photographs. User-controllable through a simple interface.

NVIDIA Unified Driver Architecture: Delivers rock-solid forward and backward compatibility with software drivers. Simplifies upgrading to a new NVIDIA product or drivers because all NVIDIA products work with the same driver software.

DirectX: DirectX 9.0 optimizations and support ensures the best performance and application compatibility for all DirectX9 applications.

OpenGL: OpenGL1.4 ensures the best performance and application compatibility for all OpenGL applications.

Memory: 400MHz RAMDACs are the industry's fastest RAMDACs support QXGA displays with ultra-high, ergonomic refresh rates.

DVI: DVI support to drive large displays with up to 1600x1200 resolution.

Albatron Gigi FX5900XTV 128MB Video Card
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Albatron Gigi FX5900XTV 128MB Video Card
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The Gigi FX5900XTV 128MB Video Card ships in dark coloured retail packaging with the Albatron Logo located across the front. On the top of the packaging is a decorative image along with the product series number. On the rear of the packaging is a detailed list of product specifications, resolution rates and features. Upon opening the packaging, the Gigi FX5900XTV 128MB Video Card is surrounded in protective plastic held in place by a white cardboard insert.

Albatron Gigi FX5900XTV 128MB Video Card
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Albatron Gigi FX5900XTV 128MB Video Card
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The Albatron Gigi FX5900XTV 128MB Video Card comes complete with a basic bundle, which includes the following items:
  • Albatron Gigi FX5900XTV 128MB Video Card
  • 1 x S-Video Cable
  • 1 x Composite Cable
  • 1 x VIVO Break Out Box
  • 1 x DVI to Analog Converter
  • 1 x Application Driver CD
  • 1 x Duke Nuke MP Game CD
  • 1 x Game Pack CD (AOWII, Max Payne, ZAX, BeamBreaker & Rally Trophy)
  • 1 x CyberLink PowerDirector CD
  • 1 x CyberLink PowerDVD
  • Albratron Gigi FX5900XTV User Manual
The included 69 page User Manual is clearly printed in two languages and outlines several aspects of the video card including system requirements, high resolution graphic modes, product features, installation and troubleshooting. Overall documentation I found to be informative and helpful providing enough information to get the product installed and running in less than 30 minutes. The software bundle included with the product was a little bit disappointing offering old titles such as Duke Nukem MP and Max Payne. PowerDirector and PowerDVD round out the multimedia product offering by providing video editing and DVD playback support.
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