I hate onboard graphics, all they do is eat RAM and never perform at the resolutions you want to work with, let alone game with. So there I was, building up a PC i was primarily going to use for data recovery. A PC i that had a drive bay I could slap in someones HDD and get all their data off it. As I had a 32" LCD tv in the bedroom I thought lets put it in there, then I can watch movies on the network on it too.
I do play PC gaes, but usuall on my main PC< and they are usually stratey, not FPS which require high end graphcs.
As I detest onboard graphics I wanted a cheap card that would let my RAM be RAM, and this card was extreemly cheap, it wasn't the most current I think the 5800 series was out then.
This card was a good basic card with dual monitor support, both VGA and DVI. It can handle a high resolution of 1600x1200.
I recently obtained a new HiDef 1920x1080 24" monitor, so I thought I;d use the dual monitor, however when I first connected it, through DVI i could only get 1280x1024, with basic shared horizontal monitor settings. This concerned me alot. However I updated the driver, and WOW
Using a latest NVidia driver on this card it is amazig. It supports dual monitor extended desktop with separate resolution support.
Immediately my new 1920x1080 is running at that resolution while my 19" crt is at 1600x1200.
The processing is fine, the graphics are good, the overaly video is good. Thiscar is just ideal for general wokring usage on a pc to give a little extra umph.
I have had this card 4 years now, and never had one problem, so ther ewill be a number like that.
Overall this is a good card to get at a cheap price, just to take away the graphic processing out of your RAM
Despite what others will tell you, this is a GREAT card. I have one in my old / spare / back-up PC and it works a treat. If you have a slimmed version of Vista you can install it on a reasonable PC and this card not only allows for Vista Aero, but also for Dream Scene and Desk Scapes !! However if you are looking for a card to play modern (post 07) games then i would strongly recommend the following card http://members.dooyoo.co.uk/graphic-cards/xfx-geforce-8800-gtx/1096616/
I use the FX 5200 on my spare pc and the 8800 on my grand'e.
Conclusion - 5200 is great card, runs vista, xp and other os just fine. war craft 1, 2 and 3 as well as world of warcraft all play beautifully as well as low-core fps games.
I would give this card a rating, based on its performance matched to the price - brilliant value for money ! 6/10
A super-reliable card
DO NOT! buy this card if you plan on playing any sort of games, this card is strictly for standard desktop applications and dvd/video playback. what i do like about this card is its cheap price and compatabilty for older machines which means you dont have to buy a complete new computer for the sake of a graphics card. it was also very easy to install . for an extra aded bonues this card comes with a vga and dvi output this could be used for dual moniters.
This card is good, but its not the best. It wont compete with the PCIE cards now available, and if you do have a PCI E slot on your motherboard I would reccomend going for one of those.
However, its still a good card. It is capable of running high graphicsc games such as Doom 3, although obviously not to the highest quality.
The one bad thing about this card is the fan. After a year or so the fan on mine started making a horrific noise till it eventually gave out when running the aforementioned Doom and subsequently the card overheated and died. If you do get this card, look at having a spare fan handy and replace it as soon as it groans.
During its lifetime it did serve me well, there are a few good features included in the software and NVidia have done well with teh set-up menus. They can seem a bit confusing but you get used to them. The quick access to screen settings is handy and easy to use. When you go into teh NVidia control panel you get features such as transparent explorer bar, handy mouse shortcuts and other features I'v never even had the oppertunity to use.
For 3d rendering, its performance is acceptable. I'm Studying Architectural Technology so I make some very big 3D models, and it coped well. even with vast models fully rendered if coped very well and didnt freeze. A small amount of jitter but nothing significant.
If you just want to upgrade your graphics to make them a bit better, or you want to run a bigger game or simply need a small amount of extra power, this card would be fine but for more serious users you'll probably need to go for something a bit tougher. Check my reveiw of the GeGorce 7300 LE for a bit more oomph.
This card is true value for money, i need to work on a couple of pc's that had onboard graphics cards and they just wouldnt do, so i slapped on another gig of ram put one of these cards in each and now ive got a proper pc there for me. I can do the work faster and i also play out games on them.
The card itself isnt high level gaming lets face it, you wont get the highest resolutions with all the detailing full, but you can play pretty much every single game you want out there on the market with 1280 x 1028 . With very very good detailing with a decent frame rate.
The biggest incentive though is the price at around 50 pounds only you really cant go wrong.
The installation is dead easy , both hardware and software.
The only thing people might find a downside is there is no bundle with games.