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Old 08-22-2003, 07:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default FX 5600 Ultra or not

Ok i posted a bit ago but u probobly dont remember me.

Anyway iam hunting for a new gfx card like everybody seems to be at the moment and i need some opinions.

Iam looking at the FX 5600 Ultra chip and am a bit unsure as to which cards are Ultra and which are not.
The Gainward card has a highly confusing name which is:

Gainward Fx 5600 Powerpack Ultra 780 256MB
So at first i thought it was based on the FX5600 ULTRA chip which of course it isnt. Gainward just threw ULTRA on the box to confuse people like me because its the bog standard FX5600 and explains why its dam cheap.

So my question is this, is this card:
3D Blaster 5 FX5600 Ultra
really based on the FX5600 ULTRA chip or is it just another cruel trick by Creative by throwing the ULTRA name on for good messure? When really its the lower spec FX5600


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Old 08-22-2003, 08:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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That 3d blaster card looks like the real deal as far as Fx 5600 Ultra. The tip off if the DDRII, as the memory is clocked at 800MHz for it, meaning it uses RAM at a speed of 400MHz. The non-ultra version has a much slower clocked memory and core frequency.

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Old 08-22-2003, 11:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The Gainward is NOT an Ultra chip.. I checked it out (as I am looking too) and it is a really poor display on their part and, once you find out the truth, an obvious ploy to trick the purchaser.

I have been looking at the chaintech models, the Chaintech model #FX70 ($196.00) and model #FX71 ($215.00) are both ultra cards and Tom's Hardware gives chaintech a good review. Both seem to be well liked by the reviewers at Newegg.com too..

Here's the links to both so you can take a look...



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