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Abit's Siluro T400 / 64MB MX400

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Abit's Siluro T400 / 64MB MX400
Gaming on a budget...

By, Marco Chiappetta
August 30, 2001

There has never been a better time to be a gamer.  The CPU war between AMD and Intel has brought processor prices way down, and a slew of excellent video chipsets are available at virtually any price point.  ATi's Radeon, STM's Kyro II and nVidia's GeForce 2 MX are all widely available at prices well below $100.  Couple a video card based on any one of these chipsets with a 1GHz. processor, and you'll have a very capable gaming rig without having to spend a ton of money.

That is exactly what we did here tonight.  We've taken Abit's latest entry into the budget video card market, the Siluro T400 and installed it into our 1GHz. Athlon test system.  The Siluro T400 is a 64MB AGP card base on nVidia's GeForce 2 MX400 reference design.  We've all seen many similar cards as of late...let's cut to the chase and see what the Siluro T400 is made of...

                       

Specifications Of Abit's Siluro T400
A 64Mb Budget Card

Specifications:
  • Chipset: Geforce2 MX400
  • Nvidia 256-bit Hi Performance 2D and 3D accelerator engine equipped
  • AGP 2X /4X Support, AGP texturing, Fast Writes Support
  • Integrated 350MHz RAMDAC, resolution up to 2048 x 1536 @75Hz
  • Equipped 64MB SDRAM 128 bit bus Interface running at 166MHz
  • 200 MHz core clock, 400 million pixels /sec, 800 million texel /sec fill rate
  • 2.7GB/sec memory bandwidth
  • Second generation transform and lighting (T&L) engines
  • DirectX, OpenGL Optimizations Support and S3 texture compression
  • 32-bit Z/stencil buffer
  • Complete support for DirectX 7.0and DirectX 6.0, Direct 5.0

TV out (Siluro T400 only:

  • Digital video output by integrated NTSC/PAL encoders
  • Complete S-VHS & Composite Video-Output Ports support
  • High quality DVD Playback
  • High-Definition Video Professor (HDTV) for Full-screen Video playback of 720p and DVD resolution

Advanced support for DirectDraw:

  • Hardware color space conversion (YUV 4:2:2 and 4:2:0)
  • 5-tap horizontal by 3-tap vertical filtering
  • 8:1 up scaling and downscaling
  • Per-pixel color keying
  • Multiple video windows with hardware color space conversion and filtering
  • DVD sub-picture alpha blended composition
  • Video acceleration for DirectShow, MPEG-1, MPEG-2

THE BUNDLE:

The Abit Siluro T400 ships in an unusually shaped, triangular box, designed to help make the product stand out on retail shelves when stacked next to the competition....

Inside the box you'll find a very complete bundle, especially considering the price of the T400.  Included with the Siluro T400 is an S-Video cable, and adapter to use either S-Video or standard composite video-out, a very complete user's manual and a CD containing all necessary drivers and utilities.  Also included is a full version of WinDVD 2000.  WinDVD 2000 is one of the best software DVD players available for the PC...we must praise Abit for including this excellent program with their "budget" T400.

 

The Drivers, and the Card...

 

 

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