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Axle GeForce G210 Review

gotdamojo06    -   January 31, 2010
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Conclusion:

The Axle GeForce G210 video card was able to provide you with what it says you get, a video card that supports Direct X10 games and has 512MB of GDDR3 memory. The video card itself was able to handle all of the games and benchmarks that I threw at it, however it was unable to provide any decent looking scores in any of the games even with the relaxed settings that we use for lower end video cards. I did like that the video card when it was overclocked never saw over 48°C during the benchmarking, which means that the Arctic Cooling solution that was installed on the card did work quite well. The fact that you are able to use a monitor that supports an HDMI, DVI or D-Sub input does make the card a little more versatile when it comes to the uses of the card. With the HDMI output, you would be able to easily use this card as an HTPC video card, especially with the temperatures being so low.

I was quite disappointed to see that I was not able to overclock the card as much as I had wished to, however for using the 210 GPU from nVidia, it was not too bad. When looking at a video card that only has 512MB of GDDR3 memory and operates on a 64-bit bus, you need to keep in mind that it was not designed for the gamer, but as card that can be used to increase your productivity and reduce the time it takes to do the everyday tasks.  We use our computers for such things like a fixing that video of a summer vacation with a program that uses the CUDA cores to speed up the repair such as vreveal, or to compress media for use on our portable devices with a program like Badaboom. Even fixing pictures with Photoshop, now that GPU acceleration can be enabled, will be expedited. Using the newest Flash Player from Adobe, you can watch the latest HD content on the web without the stuttering and pauses.  High-end gaming is not the G210s specialty, as you can see, but games like WOW and the Sims should be well within the grasp of the G210, as the latest IGP from Intel can handle them.

I would suggest this card to anyone who is looking to be able to view all of the pretty features in their operating system as well as someone who is building an HTPC on a budget. If you are looking for a card to game with, you may just want to look for a different card.

 

Pros:

  • CUDA Cores
  • Cooler by Arctic Cooling
  • Temperatures
  • Video outputs

 

Cons:

  • Performance
  • Overclockability



  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Video Card)
  3. Closer Look (Drivers & Programs)
  4. Specifications & Features
  5. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  6. Testing: Far Cry 2
  7. Testing: Crysis Warhead
  8. Testing: Darkest of Days
  9. Testing: Call of Duty World at War
  10. Testing: Warhammer 40,000 Dawn of War II
  11. Testing: Batman Arkham Asylum
  12. Testing: Resident Evil 5
  13. Testing: Left 4 Dead
  14. Testing: 3DMark 06
  15. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  16. Conclusion
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