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This review is from: EVGA 512-P1-N402-LR GeForce 6200 512MB 64-Bit DDR2 PCI 2.1 Video Card
Pros: - Picks up drivers from Windows update automatically.
- Works in older and new machines.
- Will work with an existing PCIe video card to add additional monitors to the system (with some caveats).
- Low power, fanless for less noise.
Cons: - A bit pricey for older PCI based technology.
- Ok for video, but not great.
- Need to turn some things off before it will work with Windows 7.
- DVD that comes with the card only has XP and Vista drivers. Must install drivers online.
Other Thoughts: I got this card to expand a system from two to four monitors. There was an existing PCIe dual head video card in the system using the only available PCIe slot, so I needed to either replace the card with a quad head card, or see if I could get a PCI card to work.
Installed the card on a Windows 7 64-bit system with 8GB ram and a dual core AMD processor. Card was detected by Windows and the drivers were installed from the web (took about 15 minutes). Modified the resolutions to 1920x1080 on the two new monitors, rearranged them to expand the desktop and started testing.
Performance was not good. Desktop would lock up periodically, there were keyboard lags typing in open windows, moving windows from one monitor to the other was an exercise in patience.
Worked with system settings to try to speed things up; got the latest drivers from Windows update (there were newer 2013 drivers). Once I turned the Aero theme off and went to a Windows basic theme, things suddenly started working properly. Culprit appears to be Aero; if I were using this card alone in a system, I'd probably want to turn Aero off there too.
At this point, appears to be operating just fine. Windows can be moved from monitor to monitor without problems, there is no keyboard lag typing anything in any window on any monitor, and performance is good (not great). Not doing any gaming with this; would not expect games to work that well on the PCI card, though my existing PCIe card still works well on the two monitors it drives.
Overall not a bad solution if you want to avoid $100-plus for a quad head card and just add an additional PCI card for every day, non-gaming use. Four eggs because it's a good but not great solution.
Display Name: Jeff W.
Date Joined: 11/24/10
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