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Albatron Trinity PCX 5750

First Impression

The box the Trinity PCX 5750 is packed into a box which a couple of centimeters wider than the package of the PowerColor X600 XT, but whose design is the opposite of PowerColor's. Here, we have an extremely bright and eye-catching color scheme.

The bright colors attract the eye, while the picture on the front side of the box reminds you about the gaming purposes of the product within ?C you see a humanoid war machine colored aggressive red and a cute-looking girl, probably the pilot of the steel monster.

You may call this design gaudy or tasteless, but it certainly make its job done ?C attracting the potential customer. A note about the packaging: the card from PowerColor is packed into a white box that's wrapped into a soft cover you have to remove before opening the box. The card from Albatron can be opened right away. The box whose back side described the technical capabilities of the product included the following:

  • Albatron Trinity PCX 5750 graphics card;
  • Multi-lingual user manual;
  • S-Video-to-RCA adapter;
  • Drivers CD;
  • CD with Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project;
  • CD with demos of various computer games.

Well, it is rather measly even compared to the PowerColor X600 XT, not to mention the luxuries of ASUS' products. They didn't even put a DVI-I-to-D-Sub adapter, which is an indispensable accessory of any modern graphics card! There are no cables for attaching the card to video equipment, either.

Closer Look

Take a look at the photos of the two graphics cards and you'll realize that Albatron and PowerColor took opposite approaches to designing their products:

 

Albatron's card looks cute enough with its dark-blue PCB and silvery blue cooling system fastened to the PCB with three spring clips. The combination of dark-blue and silver looks winning - we should give Albatron some additional points for design at least.

The cooler of the Trinity PCX 5750 has one serious defect, though. It has a poor contact with the memory chips, despite the rubber-like pads. The pads are just not thick enough for a proper contact - in our sample of the card some of the pads stuck to the memory chips leaving a gap between themselves and the heatsink sole. Other pads just touched the heatsink gently. The memory chips on the back side of the PCB are not cooled at all, like on the PowerColor X600 XT. Otherwise, the cooling system of the Trinity PCX 5750 looks reassuring enough. Besides the GPU core and the memory chips the cooler also keeps the AGP-PCI Express bridge cool (as you remember, NVIDIA implements the new interface through a bridge chip, so the GeForce PCX 5750 is in fact a special version of the GeForce FX 5700).

The small open-die chip under the graphics processor is that very bridge that links the two graphics busses.

The PCB design isn't complex, save for the area on the back side near the GPU and AGP-PCI Express bridge where there is a lot of small elements. The card from Albatron doesn't use an additional power connector, either, as the PCI Express bus can supply up to 75 watts of power to the attached device. The Trinity PCX 5750 consumes far less than that.

This graphics card carries 128 megabytes of graphics memory accessed across a 128-bit bus: there are eight 3.6ns chips from Samsung in the obsolete TSOP package. The memory is rated for 275 (550DDR) MHz, but is actually clocked at 250 (500DDR) MHz, since some Trinity PCX 5750 samples can come with cheaper 4ns memory from Hynix. The graphics processor of this card is clocked at 425MHz frequency.

 
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