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Test Configuration

Prolink's PixelView GeForce FX 5900XT Master of Monitoring
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General Hardware
Motherboard DFI LANParty 875PRO, Intel i875P Chipset
Processor Intel Pentium 4 Processor
3.2 GHz, FSB800, 512 kB L2-Cache (Northwood)
RAM 4x 256 MB Corsair CMX256A-3200LL
Timings : CL2-3-2-6
Drivers & Configuration
Graphics Driver NVIDIA Detonator FX v52.16
Chipset Driver Intel Chipset Installation Utility 5.1.1.1002
DirectX 9.0 b
OS Windows XP Professional 5.10.2600,
Service Pack 1

Benchmarks

Since graphics cards with the same chip and memory configuration have virtually the same benchmark results, we refer you to the results in the previous article VGA Charts III , where you can compare the results of a GeForce FX 5900XT with those of other tested graphic chips.

Prolink’s PixelView card works with a solid core clock speed of 390 MHz, which means that it was factory-overclocked by 30%. As previously mentioned, we had no difficulties during our test ; the system even remained stable when overclocked at 430 MHz.

Performance-wise, with standard settings, the PixelView card clearly surpasses the conventional GeForce FX 5900XT by far, but is still way behind a FX 5900 (without the "XT"). The reason for this is mainly the low memory clock speed.

Conclusion

While the PixelView FX 5900 XT Golden Limited taps the full potential of the GeForce FX 5900, it cannot keep up with the potential of the FX 5900 (the standard model without the extra "XT").

On a technical level, PixelView has done a good job distinguishing itself from numerous competing products. The fan with blue lighting and the LCD display for controlling chip temperature and fan speed (with the strange name "PDFII") are nifty features that will undoubtedly look good in modded cases.

The overclocking software, Patrolman, lets you change the clock speeds within seconds, but the verification of the settings through the software is not very reliable and gives the user a false sense of security. At the end of the day, there is no better way than to check it yourself. Only after extensive testing can you be sure that your system runs stably with the preferred overclocking settings. Also, the accessories included could gain added value with an up-to-date version of PowerDVD 5.0.

Pros :

  • Adequate 3D performance
  • Reliable cooling solution
  • Quiet during operation
  • Video out
  • very good monitoring features
  • Temperature display on-board or for 3.5" bay
  • nice for case modding, illuminated fan
  • affordable pricing

Cons :

  • No games bundled
  • Only PowerDVD is included
  • Noise raises when using full power of 3D engine
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