Date: August 18th, 2003
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: Albatron
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PRODUCT FEATURES & PICTORIAL
Cooling the FX5600 GPU is a rather simple, yet effective radial cooler. I found the cooler to be a little on the loud side and distinctly louder than the fan housed on top of the CPU HSF immediately above it on the mainboard.
With two sides of the cooler blocked off, the moving air is forced to exit via the two open sides which allows air to flow over the ramsinks. Simple and effective.
Cooling the 256 megs of onboard ram, the ramsinks add to the videocard's aesthetics and cooling capability. But what kind of ram are they cooling?
Pic Courtesy of NexusHardware
The onboard ram consists of four 64meg 5.0ns ram rated at a speed of 400Mhz. With a stock memory clock of 400Mhz, any possible overclocking headroom will be minimal. But more on that in the overclocking section of this review.
The videocard is capable of dual-display if you have a digital and analog monitor on hand. No DVI-VGA adapter was included to take advantage of two lower cost VGA displays for a cost effective dual-display work environment.