As you see, everything remained unchanged: the advantage of 128MB graphics memory matters in high resolutions under tangible workload.
The cards perform equally fast, except the same high resolutions with enabled FSAA and anisotropic filtering. In 1280x1024 resolution Gigabyte GV-R9200 (128MB) manages to outperform even the invincible RADEON 9000 PRO.
All in all, the results were pretty predictable: the simple truth stating that budget graphics accelerators do not need too much onboard graphics memory again proved absolutely correct. The memory working frequency is certainly of much more importance. Also memory latency and the type of used graphics chips may affect the graphics card performance.
We have just tested FIC A92 graphics accelerator, and our conclusions will sound very similarly to those for Gigabyte GV-R9200.
FIC A92 graphics card is a very well designed, quality product. It demonstrated excellent image quality on Hitachi CM772 monitor (1280x1024@100Hz). Since the graphics card is locked against overclocking, FIC A92 hardly needs any active cooling, especially since they use a very efficient thermal interface.
Other than that, FIC A92 is a pretty traditional product, with no exceptional features (you will hardly surprise anyone with the red PCB today) making it stand out among other alternative solutions. 64MB of onboard graphics memory are more than enough for this type of graphics cards: the performance is good, and so is the price. We wish FIC bundled its graphics card with some additional software, since Gigabyte included a CD-disk with Serious Sam game with its GV-R9200 graphics card.
- Noiseless functioning;
- Compact design;
- Dual-display configurations support, DVI-I and TV-Out;
- Excellent image quality;
- Low price.
- Not very fast in the latest and upcoming games;
- Not very attractive bundle;
- No overclocking opportunities.