Galaxy Zeus 5900 XT review
Posted by Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 03/25/2004 08:00 AM [ 0 comment(s) ]
Hey did you expect a product like this from a relatively unknown manufacturer?, I sure did not. What an excellent card and package to own people! We see really good overclocking potential from this card that when tweaked it passes the GeForce FX 5900 Ultra's performance in most cases. In fact it closes in on the default clocked 5950 Ultra so that makes up for a lot, I guess. That's assuming you like and know how to overlock. If not, read our articles.
The product is equipped with Hynix BGA memory that can handle way more than the graphics card's default specification. As it overclocked very nicely, that's additional value. So it's like this: if you do not want or simply can't afford to spend a huge amount of money on a high-end graphics card and can settle for a little less performance, then we highly recommend this product. It's very stable and for the money it offers heaps of functionality, features and really nice performance. You can basically play any game to date without any issue at all with very reasonable DirectX 9 performance. If I had to choose between a GeForce FX 5700 Ultra or this card I'd opt for this one without hesitation, quite weird for a product with almost the same price tag. What comes to mind is value. If you were in the market for an FX 5700 Ultra, then forget about it. Spend $20 USD more as this product justifies that price easily. The 4 pixel pipelines with 2 TMUs per pipe and the 256-bit memory interface compared to the GeForce FX 5700 Ultra in the same price class moves this product into the lower region of the high-end cards and last remark; its price is extremely competitive. There is one downside and it is simple, availibility. Right now it's hard to find a Galaxy product in the retail stores, so i suggest for Europe you focus on e-tail.
You know what, this product is what the GeForce 4 Ti4200 is compared to the GeForce 4 Ti 4600. Pure value versus really good performance, yet this a DirectX 9 class product. You know what's so funny? In October 2002 the GeForce 4 Ti 4200 had the exact same price tag as this product.
Two thumbs up and highly recommended. Thanks go out to Galaxy for providing this sample. Such a nice product, with a really nice bundle and for that price this simply justifies granting it our Editor's Choice award.
Product: Galaxy Zeus 5900 XT
Manufacturer: Galaxy Technology
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In a galaxy far far away .. ehm, now wait a minute Hilbert, wasn't that some sort movie ? Yeah true ... but the company who's product we are testing is named after it and we are reviewing their GeForce FX 5900 XT.