Date: July 5th, 2010
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Axle
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL & WALKTHROUGH
Let's take a virtual walk around Axle's version of Nvidia's Geforce GT220.
First off we start at this videocard's VPU. Axle' use of the 40nm manufactured GT 220 core is stock clocked at 625Mhz core, 1360Mhz shader and 790Mhz DDR2 memory which is capable of 25.3Mb's memory transfer. This coupled with the VPU's 48 stream processors only draw 58 watts during maximum load and has a thermal functional boundary of 105 degrees Celsius.
Essentially making it a good HTPC videocard.
The basic aluminum cooler is manufactured and designed by Arctic Cooling and with its included 70mm fan is quiet and keeps core temperatures below 50c during benchmarking and testing. With a basic card, not much more is needed.
The back of the card is completely void of any obstruction to interfere with any sort of upper motherboard components and facilitated an easy install. As you can see, this cooling solution was securely held in place with 4 screws and insures that there won't be anyway that this cooler will be separating away from any of the components it is cooling even during rough handling. You can also see the additional 1Gb of DDR2 memory.
Last but not least in this section is the main connection panel. You have three choices which consist of one DVI, one analog VGA and one HDMI video connection. Although I like the selection, I would still consider two DVI ports to be the standard for today's display technology.