Axle GeForce G210 Reviewgotdamojo06 - January 31, 2010
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Taking the card out of the anti-static bag, you are going to see that the Axle G210 video card is a completely black card that has a fairly large cooler placed over the memory modules as well as over the GPU core to help keep these components cool, especially while they are being worked. The heatsink and fan setup that Axle is using on their G210 card is quite a bit smaller than most other cards out on the market, as it does not stick out and need to take up a second expansion slot. This is going to be helpful if you were installing the card in an HTPC setup. The G210 does come clocked in at 589MHz on the Core, 790MHz on the Memory, while the Shader Clock is 1402MHz. There are a total of 16 processor cores, or CUDA cores, that will help reduce your rendering times during video or image editing.
The Axle G210 has three different ports on the card that you are able to install a display to. You have your choice of HDMI, DVI, or D-Sub (Analog), which will allow you to have just about any monitor you may have laying around to be supported by the card, without needing a dongle to switch between digital and analog. The G210 does support the PCI-Express 2.0 standard, so to use the card to its fullest, you will need a PCI-E 2.0 slot on your motherboard.
When you pull the heatsink and fan off of the card, you are going to expose the GPU core as well as the memory modules. The GPU core is the GT218-300-A2 and the memory modules are manufactured by Qimonda with the model number of 1DSH1G-04A1F1C-16G F6514288. Each of the modules are 128MB, with four of them you are going to come up with a total of 512MB worth of GDDR3.
Now that we know how the card is setup and how it looks, it's time to get the drivers and software installed and take a look at how it is going to compare to the other cards in its class.