Axle GeForce G210 Reviewgotdamojo06 - January 31, 2010
Category: Video Cards
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Are you looking for a new video card for your setup? Maybe you are building a new HTPC or you are building a workstation that is not going to be used for gaming. Either way, you are going to need a video card for the system, however you may not want to spend an arm and a leg for one of the more powerful gaming cards out on the market, but you want some of the newer technologies like the large amount of CUDA cores on your card to help with the video/image editing software you may run. Well, Axle may just have the solution for you - a GeForce G210 video card. This card is going to allow you to have the CUDA cores needed to allow your video card to help with rendering, as well as allowing you to hook up any display device via either a DVI, Analog, or HDMI cable. I am curious to see how this card is going to perform when it is compared to some of the others that are out on the market.
Looking at the front of the packaging, you are going to see an image of a female warrior depicting that the card is going to be strong enough to battle with some of the other cards out on the market. In the top right hand corner of the package, you are going to see the Axle logo with the slogan "Soul of the Game" printed below it. Under that, you see the Arctic Cooling badge, letting you know that the cooler on the card is not the standard reference cooler - it should allow for more heat to be dissipated off of the core and surrounding components, allowing for a better functioning card with higher overclocks. At the bottom of the package, you are going to see that the card does have 512MB of GDDR3 memory operating at 64 bits and the card has been certified to work with Windows 7. At the top left hand corner, you see that Axle uses Solid State Capacitors, which have a life expectancy of about 50,000 hours. The back of the package lists the key features of the card, and contains a few images and blurbs explaining the "Gorgeous Graphics", "Fantastic Video", and "Premium Windows 7 Experience", which will be available with the Axle G210 installed in your system.
When you open up the package and pull everything out, you are going to see that you get a VGA Card Installation sheet, a User Manual, a Drivers CD and the Axle G210 card itself. The yellow special notes card is just going to let you know a few of the things that you are going to need to do to install your video card if you have never done so before, while the user manual is going to give you a detailed installation procedure as well as go over how to install the drivers for the G210. The card itself is packaged up inside of an anti-static bag, which helps protect the card from being harmed before it is installed.
While Axle did not include any other accessories with the G210, this does not mean that the card is not worth checking out at all. With that said, let's continue onto the card and see exactly how this card is setup.