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Reviewed by: Ed Lau [06.15.04]
Manufactured by: Albatron

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If you're like me, you'd be ridiculously sexy and you would also cringe at the sound of the word "budget". No good can ever come from that word unless "unlimited" preceeds it. The rule, of course, applies to video cards.  While certain cards have been great in the bang-for-your-buck department, allowing for overclocked results that rival their more expensive brethren, others have just been downright slow. You usually can overclock a budget video card, sacrificing stablity and  sometimes graphical accuracy for faster benchmarks but once in a blue moon, you'll get a diamond in the rough - a card that costs a fraction of the top-of-the-line model that overclocks so easily that it produces little excess heat. Overclocking wonders like the original Radeon 9500s, Athlon 1700+s or the classic Celeron 300 are few and far between, like finding a normal Jackson family member.

So today we'll be looking at Albatron's FX5700P Turbo which is made with the budget overclocker in mind. Based on nVidia's GeForce FX 5700 GPU, which is neither the fastest nor the newest chipset on the block, it does feature 6 layer PCB and some rather large sinks which make the FX5700P TUrbo heavier than Starr Jones after a Las Vegas buffet.

So is this one of the rare cards that we can hand a "I AM HARDCORE" award to? Does it have talent like Michael...

...or just greasy like Jermaine?

So let's get the formalities out of the way.

- nVidia GeForce FX 5700 GPU
- AGP 8x
- 128MB DDR 128bit
- GPU clock: 425MHz
- RAM clock: 650MHz
- CineFX 2.0
- nVidia Intellisample Technology
- nVidia UltraShadow Technology
- D-Sub, DVI and TV-out
- included software: WinDVD Creator, Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project (retail) and game sampler

I'm sure by now you've heard the definitions for all of nVidia's buzzwords by now. They're basically just fancy words for instructions and algorithms that make the pretty pictures on your monitor prettier.

Of course, the 5700P Ultra is in direct competition with the Radeon 9600XT series. Albatron has boosted the memory speeds to 650MHz using BGA 2.8/2.5ns DDR which can apparently be overclocked beyond the 700MHz mark. Albatron didn't say how far so I can only assume it depends on your cooling and how lucky you get.

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