XFX GeForce6200 TC review

£41
Price when reviewed

Competing at the bottom end of the graphics card market, XFX’s 6200 Turbo Cache is up against Radeon X300 SE cards and Gigabyte’s 6200 Turbo Cache card. It’s handy that the GPU (which runs at 200MHz) is passively cooled, but that’s par for the course with these cards.

XFX GeForce6200 TC review

The 64MB of memory matches Gigabyte’s card, and the XFX can also share system memory for up to 256MB in total. A disadvantage of the XFX is its TV output, which doesn’t support HDTV – only S-Video. The Gigabyte, meanwhile, boasts the extra pins required for component output and there’s even a breakout box included.

Performance was marginally slower overall than the Gigabyte, but nothing you’d notice in everyday use. What you will notice is an overall lack of 3D grunt, so much so that most games will only be playable at 800 x 600 without anti-aliasing or anisotropic filtering turned on.

At 1,024 x 768, the XFX could only deliver 24.4fps, 21.9fps and 18.1fps in Half-Life 2, Far Cry and Doom 3 respectively. No other card around this price managed 30fps at 1,024 x 768, with the exception of the Sapphire Radeon X300 SE in Half-Life 2.

In the box, you only get a copy of MotoGP, an S-Video cable and a DVI-to-D-SUB convertor.

If you’re on a tight budget, the Gigabyte is a better deal, thanks to its component output and the fact that it’s £5 cheaper.

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