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Digital-Daily : Video : nv-gf6200agp-roundup

NVIDIA GeForce 6200 AGP (NV44A) Roundup

Author: Anna Timofeeva
Date: 01.06.2005

Today, we are going on with reviewing video cards built on NV44A and presenting a roundup, benchmarking and research of the overclocking capability of three GeForce 6200 AGP video cards aimed at the low-end sector of the market. In the first part of the material, you'll be introduced solutions by Chaintech (the nonstandard modification - OC Version with the overstated GPU ), Leadtek, and XFX.

Before the release of NV44A, the low-end sector of the AGP market looked somehow neglected. While varied PCI-E video cards were being promoted at an accelerated pace, the progress of the AGP sector was seen only in the middle-end where cards on the base of GeForce 6600GT and GeForce 6600 confidently took up their niches. A bit later, Canadians came up with their RX850XT (PE) and RX800 (XL) for the high-end sector and RX700 PRO for the mainstream. Meanwhile, in the low-end sector there were already cards which proved not morally outdated - that is, the previous-generation low-end and the former mainstream that turned cheaper were also thrown into the heap.

Some hopes were built upon GeForce 6200 (NV43-V), but its price proved a bit too high the low-end positioning. Just see for yourselves - if the price difference between 6200 and the full-featured GeForce 6600 is $10-20, what sort of a sane user would need endless trouble with enabling the pipelines? It makes sense going into the trouble only if the price difference is more substantial.

That is why the release of a new low-end solution with a price already acceptable for the sector looks quite a logical decision. It goes without saying that this turning cheap has reasons. The bus has been cut to 64Bit, with the slower memory installed, and the HSI bridge is not required - the card offers native support for the AGP. So, additional power is not required. Therefore, we have got solutions priced at about $60-70 (for the moment). Boards built on NV43-V will be gradually leaving the market - today GeForce 6600 can be easily made available at $110.

In our today's roundup, apart from GeForce 6200A boards there took part NVIDIA's low-end of the previous generation solutions - GeForce FX5200 and 5500, as well as Radeon 9550 as a direct price competitors to GeForce 6200A by the Canadian company.

Leadtek A6200TDH, XFX GeForce 6200, and Chaintech GeForce 6200 OC Version

Leadtek A6200TDH package bundle:


Leadtek A6200TDH
  • Leadtek A6200TDH (GeForce 6200 AGP) video card;
  • DVI/15-pin D-Sub adapter;
  • HDTV cable;
  • User's manual;
  • Drivers and utilities CD.

Leadtek A6200TDH

XFX GeForce 6200 package bundle:


XFX GeForce 6200
  • XFX GeForce 6200 video card;
  • DVI/15-pin D-Sub adapter;
  • S-Video/RCA adapter;
  • User's manual;
  • Drivers and utilities CD;
  • MotoGP2 game.

XFX GeForce 6200

Chaintech GeForce 6200 OC Version package bundle:


Chaintech GeForce 6200
  • Chaintech GeForce 6200 OC Version video card;
  • S-Video/RCA adapter;
  • User's manual;
  • Drivers and utilities CD;
  • WinCinema.

Chaintech GeForce 6200

The PCB in GeForce built on NV44A has been simplified as compared to 6200 (NV43) - there is neither HSI bridge nor an additional power connector. The boards by Leadtek and XFX are also equipped with a passive cooling system in the form of an aluminum radiator on the GPU. The radiators are fastened with two clamps, and to prevent the board from damage upon contacts to the radiator protective spacers have been placed on its lower side.


Leadtek A6200TDH

XFX GeForce 6200

Leadtek A6200TDH

XFX GeForce 6200

Chaintech's cooling system for GeForce 6200 is a regular fan on the GPU. Note that the manufacturer's web site presents data on a somehow different cooling system rather than that on GeForce 6200 of standard frequencies. But in this case it turns out that the card of overstated frequencies (which is indicated on the box as well) is equipped with a cooling system standard for GeForce 6200.


Chaintech GeForce 6200

Chaintech GeForce 6200

Chaintech GeForce 6200

As the thermo interface on Leadtek A6200 and Chaintech GeForce 6200, white thermo paste was used, and thermo sticker on XFX GeForce 6200. We were not able to remove it completely in the end, which is well seen on this photo:


XFX GeForce 6200

The card is equipped with 128 Mb of DDR memory with a 64-bit data transmission bus assembled of four memory chips in the TSOP package of 4 ns access time, which is equivalent to 500 MHz DDR at which the memory originally runs. The memory chips are positioned in two along each side of the PCB. Leadtek A6200 uses Hynix ICs


Leadtek A6200TDH
On XFX GeForce 6200 - one made by Samsung

XFX GeForce 6200
On Chaintech GeForce 6200 - one made by Infineon.

Chaintech GeForce 6200

What makes boards built on NV44A different from NV43 significantly is the 64-bit bus. That has been made to push the price down, but it can't be a joy to the user. Apart from that, unlike 6200 based on NV43 and equipped with 3.6 ns (550MHz DDR) memory, the cards use much slower memory - of 4 ns access time.

Let's look at the NV44A graphic processor in Leadtek A6200


Leadtek A6200TDH

XFX GeForce 6200


XFX GeForce 6200

and Chaintech GeForce 6200


Chaintech GeForce 6200

The nominal GPU operating frequency is 350 MHz, which is 50MHz greater than the standard GPU operating frequency for GeForce 6200 NV43-V. There are four pixel pipelines and three vertex units. Note once again, - that is a combination which can't be modified at all. Chaintech GeForce 6200 OC Version offers a GPU frequency (385 MHz) which is increased relative to other boards.

All the boards are equipped with a standard set of outputs - analogous, digital, and TV-OUT.

Now on to benchmarking.

Content:

  • GeForce 6200A by Leadtek, XFX, and Chaintech
  • Benchmarking
  • Final Words




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