Date: August 13th, 2004
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: HISDIGITAL
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL & WALKTHROUGH
The Excalibur 9550 has dual monitor support through a VGA and DVI connection or if you want to hook up two analog monitors, you can do so through the DVI to analog convertor included in the accessories.
In the center is where you hook up the VIVO dongle for you multimedia purposes. Attached to the dongle is an input and output for both S-Video and composite connections. All changes can be done through the driver settings.
Cooling the core is HIS's iFan which actually cools very well for a fan than onle produces 20dB of sound. Besides, it looks and also cools 20% better than a standard passive heatsink.
The Excalibur's memory configuration is eight 16meg memory models for a total of 128megs of onboard texture memory. The Hynix memory is rated at 4ns and theoretically has a upper ceiling of about 500-525Mhz DDR. With a stock memory clock of 400Mhz DDR, there is some definite headroom available for overclocking.
Although there could be some potential for overclocking, the lack of memory ramsinks might hinder the actual results while testing. I can't hold this against HIS seeing that this card is not targeted towards overclocking or high performance.