Date: September 19th, 2004
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: H.I.S.
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PRODUCT COMPOSITION (cont'd)
The included hardware easily backs up the VIVO videocard classification by Hightech. The hardware includes a DVI to VGA and S-Video to composite video convertor along with a VIVO composite/S-Video dongle and a six foot S-Video cable. You have all the hardware and softare to hook this camera up to your computer for video and digital photo editing.
As you can see, HIS's particular X600XT is a fairly well equipped and cooled videocard for the price. One thing I have noticed when testing HIS's videocards is their attention to extra cooling on every model but their budget cards. I really don't see why most manufacturers add some sort of additional memory cooling on their specific products and still ask a premium price. I really hope HIS keep up ther good work in this department and give the consumers with a smaller budget a piece of the cooling pie.
PRODUCT WALKTHROUGH & PICTORIAL
The I/O plate is comprised of your standard analog VGA along with a digital DVI monitor connection. This card does not support dual DVI monitors but can support dual analog VGA monitors. Just as a hint, analog LCD monitors are chaeper than VGA and you wouldn't know the difference. Analog technology is getting very good lately and is a lot cheaper.
Between the monitor connections is the VIVO (video in/video out) dongle connection if per chance you wanted to use an external TV as your monitor or for patching in some media from your DVD player. Just to let you know, you don't have to have the dongle hooked up if you are not going to use it.
Bringing your attention back to the videocard cooling, you will note that the memory and the VPU will be cooled very well and you should have no cooling issues whatsoever as long as you have proper case airflow. Don't expect you videocard to perform well when you have no cool air coming into your case and all you have is the power supply exhausting the hot air.