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Videologic Vivid! XS
Member Name: steve.oconnell
Videologic Vivid! XS
Date: 11/09/01, updated on 11/09/01 (161 review reads)
Advantages: Cheap, Powerful technology, TV Out
Disadvantages: Short tv-out cable, Little Hard Copy Documentaion, No Bundled Games
I bought the Vivid!XS because I was on a budget, and my 12mb Voodoo 2 was beginning to groan whenever I tried to play new games. I don't have a monster pc, only a Pentium 3 450Mhz with 192mb of ram, so it definitely wasn't worth getting a Geforce 2 gts/ultra or a Geforce 3. This left me with 2 choices, a Geforce 2 mx400 or a Kyro 2. I decided that the innovative technology of the Kyro 2 was better value for money than the Geforce 2 mx. The Kyro 2 chipset (which the Vivid!XS uses), breaks the image in to little squares and renders them individually, so it doesnt have to keep talking to the memory, which makes it faster. However, the clever bit is that it only renders what you can see, unlike other cards which render everything from the furthest away from you to the nearest, so if you were stuck behind a wall for example, everything behind the wall would still be rendered, even though you couldn't see it, wasting power and time.
Anyway, installing the card was easy. I simply removed the old cards (my Voodoo 2 and ATI agp card), and placed the Vivid!XS in. The pc booted fine, and windows told me that the video card driver was not installed properly (as is normal with new cards), however I ignored the windows warnings, and put the supplied cd in. This autoran, and installed the drivers automatically, which impressed me, because it was very easy, and I think that even without much hardware experience this could easily be installed.
Apart from drivers, the cd contained documentation, a few game demos, and some opengl screensavers. Most of the screensavers are just pretty patterns, but my favourite, and the one I am currently using is fireworks, that look brilliant, with a realistic, night cloudy sky. The documentation was useful because there was only a simple CD sleeve manual supplied with my card, but this could be becuase I bought an OEM card.
The card has tv-out, which is great because my pc is next to a tv, which means
I can play games on my joypad while sitting away from my desk. However, the cable supplied is only about 10cm long, so you will defiinitely need an extension cable. The tv will also need a video in socket (coaxial, usually yellow), otherwise you wil need some sort of adapter. However this function is somewhat limited for anything other than games, because the tv resolution is so low that you can't read any text.
My overall opinion of this card is that it is incredible value for money, especially since mine was ony £85, which got me a 32mb OEM version of the card, which included WinDVD 2000, an added bonus I wasn't expecting. Ignore any reviews you hear comlaining about incompatibilities with games, I play Black & White, Deus Ex, Half-Life and many others without any problems.I think this card is THE choice for gamers on a budget, or with a less than cutting edge pc. Well worth it.