Today we are taking a good look at the mainstream FX cards which look set to eventually replace the MX and GF4 products we have become so used to. With the aim of bringing DX9 support to all and sundry, NVIDIA have 2 new mainstream cards ready to hit the market. - The GeForce FX range has now been expanded to include the GF FX5200 (NV34) and GF FX5600 (NV31).
To establish how these cards performed NVIDIA submitted 2 references cards to the labs for us to test out – these cards of course are made by NVIDIA and do not contain all of the potential enhancements which we currently see on the Ti4200 and Ti4600 range. The two cards are very similar touting the same PCB, RAM configuration, Cooling, and connectors – so the only way which we could tell them apart was by a sticker located on the rear of the PCB. Oh and of course – when we powered them up. Cooling is far more conventional than the FX 5800 Ultra due, in part, to them not having the same high clock speeds.