Date: July 2nd, 2007
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Sapphire
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL & WALKTHROUGH
Let's take you on a short walkthough of your next AGP videocard.
The large aluminum cooler is quiet and temperature controlled. Not only does the cooler keep core temperatures down, it also effectively cools the eight 64meg GDDR3 onboard memory modules. If needed, it will increase the fan speed as the load and temperatures start to increase. It does a good job and even during stress testing, the core only went up to 77c which in VPU temperature terms is not bad at all.
If you flip the card over, you will see very little. ATI has chosen to keep its memory and VPU on one side for this generation in order to allow for effective cooling.
What shocked me the most is that this card not only has one, but two 4pin molex connections to supply its needed power. Both need to be connected for the card to operate. A cable is included so you will only need one 4pin connection from your power supply.
Thankfully, this card is equipped with two DVI connections so the user can take advantage of two DVI monitors for dual monitor viewing. If you have two analog monitors, there are two converters available in the hardware bundle. The center connection can be used for standard video out through a direct cable, or high definition video through the supplied component video dongle. In my mind, every videocard made today should be in this configuration.
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