Date: August 20th, 2003
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: Palit Daytona
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PRODUCT COMPOSITION & PICTORIAL (cont'd)
The rather beefy aluminum heatsink does a good job at keeping the VPU operating at a decent temperature and should allow for a decent overclock. Through the benchmarking and testing, I carefully touched the heatsink from time to time and it was mildly warm which is a good sign that the heat is being dissipated properly. One slightly negative point is that the memory had no cooling and seeing that they are so close to the core, a heatsink with slightly larger dimensions could have been used to cool all the components.
Speaking of memory, taking a closer look at the videocard's ram brought quite a surprise. The 4x32Meg Tiny BGA ram IC chips were indeed 2.8ns memory from Hyundai. So what this essentially means is that this memory is capable of handling speeds up to 350Mhz (700Mhz DDR). The card's stock memory timing is set at 650Mhz so we definitely know that we have some headroom. Having fast 2.8ns memory on a budget card is quite extraordinary and overclocking could give this card the punch needed for some decent gaming. But how far was I able to push the clock speeds? I will let you in on the success in the overclocking section.
As with most of the FX series of videocards, they come equipped with dual-display capability and TV-out.