Date: April 15th, 2004
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: Hightech
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PRODUCT COMPOSITION & FEATURES
Hightech has set the MSRP at an attractive price point of US$149. As you all know, MSRP is usually set a bit higher than the actual selling prices due to competition between retailers.
When you first open the product box, you will be confronted with quite a large stash of complimentary software containing the following.
- CyberLink PowerDVD 5 Standard
- 3D Album Photo Software
- Driver CD
- 6-in-1 Game Demo CD
- Zanzarah Full Version Game (Details HERE)
One thing that I find annoying even with the more expensive cards is the lack of software which is not the case with this card reviewed today. Seems that some manufacturers like to throw in some outdated drivers and an CD containing a couple old game demos and think charging you a couple hundred dollars is OK.
If Hightech can include this type of software bundle on a US$149 card, there is no feasible excuse any other manufacturer can drum up with their lack of extras.
I know, the main purpose of a videocard purchase is the actual videocard, but its the extras that really put the icing on the cake.
Also included is a DVI to VGA convertor if you still want to use your older analog monitor, a S-Video cable for the TV out and the product manual.
The actual videocard is based on an attractive red PCB which will compliment even a windowed computer case.
With 256Megs (8x32Megs) of onboard DDR memory clocked at a conservative 400Mhz DDR, running out of texture memory should not be a concern. How many cards do you know at US$149 has this much memory? Not too many.
Since this card is not not meant for bleeding edge performance, ramsinks are not necessary. Even after an hour of online fragging with BF1942, the ram was barely warm to the touch.