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Fri Jan 11, 2002 9:08 am

Ok I'm thinking of building a new computer to replace my wifes, my question is how good is the ECS graphics chipset? I remember seeing some articles on it but never really read them. Is it better/comparable to a GeForceMX400?
 
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Sat Jan 12, 2002 7:07 am

Hi,

If you're talking talking about this card, it uses this chipset. Doesn't look like a stellar performer, but probably fine unless your wife is a hard-core 3D-gamer :smile:

I've never had much success with SiS graphics cards - mainly 6236 based cards. Fine for text, but not great image quality, poor X support and not great 3D. Personal opinion though....

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Sat Jan 12, 2002 5:54 pm

We reviewed the SiS 315 here:

http://www.tech-report.com/reviews/2001 ... dex.x?pg=1

Not a bad part, but it's not a gaming marvel. A good, cheap, desktop card for basic apps though.
 
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Sun Jan 13, 2002 11:05 am

The SiS integrated GFX cards arent horrible, but if you are doing anything more than playing Quake1, dont touch it..
 
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Fri Mar 01, 2002 10:14 am

Does anyone have experience with the TV-out? Here is my concern...

I have a GeForce 256 DDR card that is hooked to my TV with the S-video adapter to composite. I get a really bad white wash going up the screen. I see that the ECS card has a composite out on the card, and I'm hoping that would remedy that situation. I have a feeling that the adapter is the problem--it is really cheap--because the cable I'm using is a good thick monster cable.
 
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Fri Mar 01, 2002 10:17 am

Hehe going from one really cheap card to another really cheap card might not be the best of solutions.
 
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Fri Mar 01, 2002 10:26 am

True, but this in theory this isn't a cheap card. It is a Hercules GeForce DDR, which was a pretty good card--when it came out.

I've hooked a BookPC with composite out to the TV, and the wash is barely noticable.

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