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CHAINTECH SA62A-512 GeForce 6200 512MB 64-Bit DDR SDRAM AGP 4X/8X Video Card

  • 512MB 64-Bit DDR SDRAM
  • AGP 4X/8X
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  • Martin E.
  • 12/6/2005 5:02:53 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Great Card for the money, runs Doom 3 fine and every other game I have tried to run on it, The one I received from newegg has a nice fan and heatsink on it with the image of the girl on the box on the heatsink.

Cons: you cant go wrong for the price and features,

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  • Jeffrey B.
  • 11/2/2005 12:26:19 PM
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5 out of 5 eggsinteresting purchase

Comments: its a good mix between old technology and new technology for people who dont really play too many games but do alot of video work or rendering. cant beat the price

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  • deimos n.
  • 10/17/2005 3:22:54 PM
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3 out of 5 eggs512MB doesnt help: authoratative conclusion

Comments: You're new to computers, gamer, enthusiast - and wonder if everybody is crazy because surely 512MB has to be better than 128MB or 256MB... you're wrong! There is no benefit... especially for such a low-end card.

The "WHY": Its like a car that gets better millage and acceleration only when its fully loaded and towing a boat. The few times when its possible to realize any benefit, the performance will be so low that either way it will be poor.

More video memory typically only helps when there is insufficient memory, which usually happens at high resolutions and/or anti-aliasing used. Typically 1600x1200 (4AA) and higher. Anybody expecting to play games at that resolution would inevidebly getting a higer-end card... regardless if the extra memory makes this 6200 2x or even 5x faster... it would typically be the difference between 1fps and 2fps or even 5fps at such high resolutions... in any case unplayable. And, remember that for most people who use LCD (and many with CRT), such high resolution is unatainable, so you would never see it used at all (manufacturer could as well glue "smarties" instead of memory, and you would be just as happy and never notice unless you look under the heatsink.

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/6/2005 9:18:56 AM
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5 out of 5 eggs

Comments: Adding a video card to your computer is like adding HP to you car. You can go the budget route and add the new intake manifold, and catback system (6200). Add a turbo charger (6600), or dropping a 500Hp crate engine with a supercharger in it (6800)!

This card (while limited) still gives good performance with added advantage of being able to OC it it also adds the NOS.

This card is running just as good as my ATI 9600, HL2 is running excellent with no slow down, Still have some slow down in Halo (Though it's manageable) I believe this card can be a great alternative to the higher end cards out there, but racing for pinks againist the 6600GT will more than likely leave you riding the bus home.

Overall Great!!! card for the money, but if you are more than a casual gamer spend a little more for at least a 6600GT!

AMD Athlon XP 2800+
Shuttle XPC (N45GV)
512MB PC3200
and this card!

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/29/2005 3:43:41 PM
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5 out of 5 eggs

Comments: Excellent card for the money

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  • David D.
  • 7/25/2005 1:51:43 PM
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4 out of 5 eggs

Comments: I would see this card as a good card for some gamers but, for one the card is made of sdram memory were talking old style memory and on top to that its got a 64-bit graphics core if your a gamer i would not recommend this card for graphics but if you want performance buy it.

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  • Dan F.
  • 7/17/2005 8:25:32 PM
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4 out of 5 eggsFor real, now

Comments: Under the 6200, your games will suck.
Come on, now, do you really think last year's chip can beat nVidia's latest?
Kids these days, I tell ya.

Heavy-duty games like Doom 3 will eat this card and laugh.
Every human of normal intelligence knows this.
Anyway, no game uses 512 megs, because no one has it yet.
Duh.

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/9/2005 8:31:20 AM
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4 out of 5 eggsIntutuionX

Comments: Ok to clear this all up in simple words. The performance of the geforce 6200 512mb is great better than the 6600. But The gefore 6600 128mb has better grapics but slower fps speeds.

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  • Chris A.
  • 7/5/2005 6:37:18 PM
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5 out of 5 eggs

Comments: Just because a video card has 512MB of RAM doesn't mean it's faster. A 256MB 6600 is slower than a 128MB 6800GT. RAM doesn't matter, what does matter is core clock speed with pixel pipelines and memory clock speed with memory bandwith. Don't spend money on this card just because it has 512MB of RAM, buy it because you get what you pay for with Nvidia, and $100 for a 6200 is good, but $160 for a 6600gt that's 4x as powerful is even better.

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5 out of 5 eggsDetailed Review (OpenGL vs DirectX) (Windows vs Linux)

Comments: This card is absolutely fantastic. It’s very much worth the cost. There are some draw backs to the card however. Looking at the report found at devhardware.com for the Inno3D-GeForce-6200A you can verify this card and the ATI Radeon 9600 are one of the same as far as power goes. However, the ATI Radeon 9600 processes better for most applications. The reason being for those who don’t know, ATI’s focus was to design the hardware around DirectX; NVIDIA OpenGL. This means it all comes down to code and when you play a game, which rendering library (OpenGL/DirectX) the software was designed for will make the difference on which card it will work better on. Running games like Warcraft 3, World of Warcraft and DOOM 3 should work better on this card. These games were designed for OpenGL with DirectX support. If you plan on playing games which do not provide any OpenGL support, I recommend sticking with ATI. Also, the benchmark was taken with a NVIDIA 6200A with only 256MB of memory. This card has twice as much, which makes a big difference.

Another draw back is the 3D Stereo Vision. NVIDIA ForceWare Drivers Version 71.xx does not work for this card though it states it supports the 6200 chipset. In order to get 3D Stereo Vision to work, the version number of the Stereo Vision Drivers must be identical to the ForceWare Driver Version. This means for the time being, they don’t work on this card. Stereo Vision is used for 3D glasses and devices which provide virtual reality.

This card does work on Linux and does so wonderfully. I have tested it on Fedora Core 2. If it works for FC2, I know it will work for FC3 as well. I believe this card will work for SuSE as well. This card should be the crown on a king’s head for those who choose TransGaming Cedega over Windows. The extra memory should help a great deal.

I gave this card 5 stars because the only thing that bothers me about it is the drivers, and that will eventually be a problem in the past. I’ve sent a trouble ticket to Chaintech (since NVIDIA does not provide direct customer support to consumers). NVIDIA should be aware of it and hopefully, the next few 3D Stereo Vision drivers that come out will have this card supported.

Over all, I highly recommend this card. Very few cards at 512MB of RAM cost only a few dollars over a $xxx. The memory makes a big difference in rendering (Hint: 3D Studio Max/Maya) and runs nicely in populated areas within MMORPGs.

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