VisionTek 5564 Everything
The NVIDIA Personal Cinema
By: Brian Gray - October 10, 2001
You can also edit and create your own
movies. Unfortunately, I was not able to procure a video camera to be able to
show off. I had hoped to get some in-car footage driving around in frau.
Here is a shot of the MGI workspace.
There are a few samples to practice on,
splicing, fading, etc. Clicking, dragging, and menu selections make it all
fairly intuitive, but I recommend you take a look at the tutorial.
Alienware Area 51:Aurora (Budget Trim)
- AMD Duron at 900MHz
- Abit KT7A-RAID KT133A motherboard
- 256MB PC133 Virtual Channel CAS2 SDRAM
- 15GB ATA66 7200rpm HD
- Sound Blaster Live! X-Gamer
- Linksys 10/100 NIC
- MidiLand S4 8200 5.1 Sound System
- Martian Red Case and Keyboard
Again, we are not reinventing anything
here. It is an MX 400, it does have active cooling and it is a well-built
card. Performance is on par with every other MX 400 out there. Twin-View is
available as the card includes two VGA out and the WDM has the S-Video out.
Default clocks are 200MHz core and
166MHz memory. I was able to get a modest overclock out the Samsung 6ns SDRAM
of 190MHz. The core hit 210MHz before locking on loops.
Here are a couple of quick numbers.
These results should not be directly compared to other reviews.
3: Team Arena (1.27)
I used Team Arena because it is more
fillrate intensive to represent future demands, especially the plethora of
games based on a revised Quake 3 engine. I have a demo called Four that is
full of good action and represents normal to heavy deathmatch play. While the
MX 400 is a HUGE step back from the GeForce3, it was not as painful as I
thought it would be.
Onion: 3D Mark 2000
|Helicopter - Low
|Helicopter - High
|Fillrate - Multi
I know, you want me to explain what the
heck I am doing here. Well, 3D Mark 2000 represents a majority of Direct3D
games out there right now. So Team Arena for future, 3D Mk 2K for the
I am opposed to a composite score to rate a video card. Even 3D Mark bills the benchmarks as "system tests". The
multi-texture fillrate synthetic benchmark and the Helicopter demo are the
two most indicative scores for evaluating a card. What I read from these
numbers is that the GeForce2 MX 400 is capable of handling most games, just
don't let it get too complex, turn down the details a bit, or sacrifice the
resolution. You cannot have it all, unless you opt for a Ti 500.
What did I like?
software worked wonderfully with the hardware it is teamed with. I could not
be happier with the overall performance of the Xtasy Everything. It delivers
on advertised features. It comes with a REMOTE! That means so much to
the male brain.
installation was simple. It is a rare occasion that anything having to do
with I/O runs right out of the gates. I was a bit concerned that the documentation
is a bit vague, but the concerns were unfounded.
software is intuitive and forgiving. Intervideo was an outstanding choice for
a partner in the Home Theater side of the Everything, and MGI VideoWave
satisfies video-editing needs sufficiently.
GeForce2 MX 400 is not the GeForce3. While it did not let me down, I am
entirely too used to the latest generation's performance level. It would be
hard to give up my GeForce3 even if it means all of the additional
capabilities. Perhaps if they would bundle a GeFirce3 Ti 200 Everything, you would have the perfect all-around package. I ahve a feeling that when the ATI 7500 DV hits the shelves, it will follow shortly.
results were somewhat disappointing. I will throw out that adding the power
requirements of the WDM module may have hampered the clockspeed increases,
but disconnecting the module did not help. You would assume that the power
subsystem had been changed to accommodate the umbilical cable's termination
Should you buy it?
you have a GeForce2, this is a lateral performance wise, and it may be worth
it depending on your needs. GeForce owner? No brainer, go for it. You have a
second system? Absolutely. This is going in my workstation tonight!
VisionTek has another retail winner on
their hands. While pricing is not available, I suspect it will land in the
sub $200 zone. Did I mention that it comes with a three-year warranty?
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