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Chaintech FX5600 Ultra A-FX71 Chaintech FX5600 Ultra A-FX71: We got our hands on Chaintech's mainstream video card offering. Although it's based on the FX5600 Ultra, it certainly doesn't look like a mid-range card.

Date: November 13, 2003
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So you are looking for that 'hump' card and wondering which will fit the bill, without costing you a major light wallet syndrome? With all of the FX 5600 Ultra's around I take a look at Entry, the Apogee FX 71. The GeForce FX 5600 Ultra has quickly become a staple of the nVidia camp for that mid-range solution, a decent card and not too much money. Let's move right on and take a closer look at the Chaintech Apogee FX 71.


  • AGP interface
  • 4x/8x AGP supports
  • nVIDIA GeForceFX 5600 Ultra
General features
  • 0.13u process technology
  • 128-bit memory interface
  • 256-bit graphics architecture
  • 400 MHz engine clock
  • 800 MHz memory clock
  • 400 MHz internal RAMDAC
  • 88 Million vertices/ sec
  • 1.4 Billion texels/ sec fill rate
  • 12.8 GB/sec memory bandwidth
  • 4 pixels per clock rendering engine
  • 16 texels per pixel with 8 textures applied per clock
  • CineFX Shading Architecture
  • 128-bit studio-precision color
  • High-performance, high-precision 3D rendering engine
  • High-performance 2D rendering engine
  • Intellisample Technology
  • Advanced Display Pipeline with full nView Capabilities
  • Digital Vibrance Control (DVC) 3.0
  • NVIDIA nView multi-display technology
  • Unified Driver Architecture (UDA)
High quality
video playback
  • Dual, 400MHz RAMDACs for display resolutions up to and including 2048x1536@85Hz
  • Integrated NTSC/PAL TV encoder support resolutions up to 1024x768 without the need for panning with built-in Macrovision copy protection
  • DVD and HDTV-ready MPEG-2 decoding up to 1920x1080i resolutions
  • Support for dual-link DVI for compatibility with next-generation flat panel displays with resolutions greater than 1600x1200 without the need for reduced blanking
Full software
  • Microsoft DirectX optimizations and support
  • Full OpenGL 1.4 and lower support
  • Complete support DirectX 9.0 and lower
  • WHQL-certified Windows XP, 2000, ME, 98, 95
  • 15-pin D-sub VGA out
  • TV-out (Mini Din 9pin S-Video connector)
  • VIVO (Mini Din 9pin S-Video connector)
  • DVI-I (DVI-I connector)
  • Heatsink (Optional)
Bundled software
  • 3Deep
  • WinDVD 6 Channel
  • WinDVD Creator
  • WinRip
  • WinProducer 3.0
  • MDK2
  • Game pack (5 in 1)
  • S-Video Cable (150cm)
  • Composite Cable
  • VIVO Cable (4 port)
  • DVI-I to VGA Adapter
  • Anti-Static Brush
  • Q Ball (Monitor Cleaner)
Supports super

    256 colors
    65K colors
    16.7million colors
    8 bit
    16 bit
    32 bit
    640x480 60-200 60-200 60-200
    800x600 60-200 60-200 60-200
    1024x768 60-200 60-200 60-200
    1280x768 60-170 60-170 60-150
    1600x1200 60-120 60-120 60-100
    1900x1440 60-85 60-85 60-85
    2048x1536 60-75 60-75 60-75

Pretty much standard fare as with other FX5600 Ultra cards. There are a few cosmetic differences worth noting, which we'll cover later on in the review.

The Chaintech FX5600 Ultra A-FX71

Chaintech has been building a reputation of quality built products, and as of late, have been adding a 'sex appeal' to their line. The Apogee FX 5600 Ultra follows that path with eye pleasing gold heatsinks (yes, multiple), albeit a monster when pieced together, it is quite sexy, especially with the clear plastic casing around the entire card. They even used gold on the case connector.

I was somewhat concerned that the small fan (compared to the HS anyway) would not be enough to keep the GPU cool, but it performs better than most under non-overclocked implementations as we will see later in the review.

As with most high-end cards from ATI or nVidia, you will need a standard molex connector in order for the card to work properly. Chaintech was nice enough to supply you with a splitter in case you are running out of connectors. Your power supply is an increasingly important part to a high performance, solid system. Now with your video card taking power externally, that is becoming even more of a concern.

Looking at the back of the card, we see the array of connectors, included in the box of goodies are the cables that take advantage of some of these ports, including a DVI to VGA adapter, if you want to plug 2 CRT's into the card. Chaintech even thought to supply you with cables long enough to reach from the back of the case to the front, imagine that :). You may notice the green ball, yah, took me a few to figure that one out too... it's a screen cleaner, and actually works very well on my LCD :).


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