VGA Card Buyer's Guide 07/2003


The Taiwan-based manufacturer Tyan offers additional products, such as motherboards and server barebones, in addition to ATi chip-based graphics cards.

Tyan's support website offers email contact addresses, downloads and FAQs. The warranty period is not known.

Tyan Tachyon G9600 PRO

The Tyan Tachyon G9600 PRO is based on ATi's "middle class" 3D chip. The clock speeds of the chip and of the 128 MB memory are the same as ATi's reference clock speeds (400 MHz/ 600 MHz). Tyan includes two video cables for TV-out (both approx. 1.75 m long). This card does not support TV-in.

Its blue PCB with its own design clearly sets this card apart from the ATi competition. A large heat sink with fan is mounted on the front; a large passive heat sink on the back. A hardware monitoring feature reads fan speed and chip temperature while it is running.