Date: November 22nd, 2004
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: Albatron
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For a decent price of about US$115-$130, you will receive the following.
Once the rather flashy box is opened you will receive the following:
- User Manual
- S-Video to Composite Convertor
- DVI to VGA Monitor Convertor (Not pictured)
- Driver CD
- Game Demo CD (Useless!)
- Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project???? (2D Game)
The software bundle to say the least is completely miserable. Come on, a demo CD and a 2 year old two dimensional game as software? Hope you have some games already purchased because you won't be able to really test this card out with anything provided by Albatron. Cheap software bundles just plain annoy me. Hell throw in Quake 3 or at least something worthwhile.
After a little more rummaging, you will be able to unearth your new Albatron PCX5750 based videocard. At first glance the card does look rather attractive with its blue PCB and matching large memory and VPU core cooler, but wait, there is more.
PRODUCT PICTORIAL & WALKTHROUGH
Let's take a quick walk around this card so I can point out some good and bad things I found when having a closer look at this initially nice card.
First off, let's cover the basics. The Trinity PCX5750 comes with one DVI, one video-out and one standard analog VGA monitor connection. There is no support for dual digital monitors with this card but you can run dual analog VGA monitors through the one native port and the DVI port through the included DVI to VGA convertor. As I have stressed in previous reviews, the only way videocards should be coming today is with two DVI connections and two convertors thrown in the box if a person wants to run either two digital or two analog monitors at the same time. You can always convert a digital signal to analog through the convertor, but you cannot go from VGA to DVI.
The video-out port natively supports a S-Video connection but you can use the S-Video to composite convertor if your external display does not support the newer video connection.
Next up is this rather large cooler which effectively cools both the memory modules and the core. As you can see, there is a very large amount of surface area for heat dissipation so a higher flow fan is really not required. The cooler does a very good job and I never had any stability issues or noticed and artifacts.
But this is where I introduce my first pet-peeve with this card.