XMicro Hulk V GeForce 2 MX

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The X-Micro Hulk V GeForce 2 MX
New kid on the block...

By, Jeff Bouton
December 14, 2000

I'm sure most of you are looking at this article and wondering, "Who is X-Micro"?  Wasn't the Hulk a bad television show from the seventies?  Well X-Micro is a relatively new company to enter the video card market.  Formed in 1999, X-Micro has made it's presence known by offering several video cards and trying to compete with such heavy hitters as Abit, ATI and Elsa.  Since they are focusing on the video market, who better to ally themselves with than nVidia?  nVidia has solidified their position as a leader in the design and production of high performance GPU's, and as you can see, there are several OEM's out there who have made it clear that the nVidia GeForce line is the current GPU of choice. 

The last thing I think of when I hear GeForce 2 is the word "budget" but that is exactly what X-Micro is trying not to break by offering the Hulk V.  With a retail price of $105, the Hulk V is a standard GeForce 2 MX based card with a few added touches.  The model we tested offers a standard analog output as well as 2 TV-OUT ports (1 RCA & 1 S-Video). A second monitor output is optional.

Specifications Of The X-Micro Hulk V GeForce 2 MX
Gosh this looks familiar!

                     

3D Features
  • Nvidia 2nd Generation 256-bit Geforce2 MX GPU
  • Integrated 2nd generation T&L engine
  • 700 Mtextel Fill Rate
  • 20M triangles/sec setup
  • Nvidia QuadEngine Technology
  • Order independent Full Scene Multisample Anti-aliasing
  • 32-bit color with 32-bit z/stencil
  • DirectX and S3TC texture compression

High performance 256-bit 2D acceleration

  • Optimized for multiple color depths including 32, 24, 16, 15 and 8-bit per pixel
  • True color hardware cursor
  • Multi-buffering (double, triple, quad buffering) for smooth animation and video

Video playback

  • Enhanced Motion Compensation for full screen video playback of all DVD/HDTV resolution
  • Video acceleration for DirectShow, Mpeg 1, Mpeg 2, and indeo
  • 8:1 up scaling and downscaling
  • Multiple video windows with hardware color space conversion and filtering

OS support

  • Windows 95/OSR2, Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows NT
  • Linux XFree86 4.0.1 (RedHat 6.1)

The X-Micro Hulk V GeForce 2 MX ships with 32MB of standard 6ns Samsung SDRAM running at a  default clockspeed of 166 MHz.

You'll see a little later on that we were able to kick it up a notch or two though. For now, let's see how the Hulk V is put together...

Quality and Installation

 
Tags:  GeForce, XM, force, MIC, Micro, K

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