eVGA e-GeForce 6200 TC review: eVGA e-GeForce 6200 TC

Even when we lowered the resolution to 800x600, the e-GeForce 6200 TC's scores were still slow. Half-Life 2 was mostly playable at 46.9fps (60fps is considered a desirable frame rate for 3D action games), but Doom 3 resulted in a poky 17.6fps. ATI's competing 128MB Radeon X300 SE card with so-called HyperMemory (basically the same thing as TurboCache) turned in far from stellar results on these same tests, but it's worth nothing that it beat the e-GeForce 6200 TC across the board, including a 62.3fps score on Half-Life 2 at 800x600 and a 23.0fps score on Doom 3 at 800x600, a game on whose tests Nvidia-based cards traditionally win. Full analysis of ATI's card will have to wait until our forthcoming review.

If you don't play games or use other 3D applications, though, the 6200 TC offers a compelling suite of basic features for the low price. It supports dual displays using its VGA, DVI, and S-Video outputs, and it can handle resolutions of up to 2,048x1,536 (at 85Hz) using the VGA port or 1,600x1,200 via the DVI connector. Video output is sharper than you'd expect given the card's inexpensive construction, and the Nvidia PureVideo technology makes for superb-looking DVD playback. The card lacks a fan, offering silent operation for home-theater PC use. It handled DVD playback just fine, but you'll want a faster card if you plan to use it with an HDTV tuner.

It should be noted that you can find higher-specced cards with the GeForce 6200 TC (with faster 64-bit memory and 350MHz memory clock speeds, compared to the eVGA model's 32-bit memory and 275MHz clock). Nvidia also makes TurboCache-free GeForce 6200 cards that improve 3D frame rates due to the increased amount of dedicated graphics memory. Further, ATI offers a competing Radeon X300 SE card with its own HyperMemory technology, which is similar in theory to Nvidia's TurboCache strategy. Check back soon for our review of ATI's Radeon X300 SE with HyperMemory to see whose bare-bones graphics card is the best.

Half-Life 2 custom demo (in fps)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
1,280x1,024 with 4X antialiasing and 8X anisotropic filtering  
1,024x768 with 4X antialiasing and 8X anisotropic filtering  
800x600 with no antialiasing and no anisotropic filtering *  
ATI Radeon X300 SE with HyperMemory
7.1 
15 
62.3 
eVGA e-GeForce 6200 TurboCache
6.3 
10.4 
46.9 
Note: * 800x600 tests run with Water Detail set to Reflect World

Doom 3 custom demo (in fps)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
1,024x768 with 4X antialiasing and 8X anisotropic filtering  
800x600 with no antialiasing and no anisotropic filtering *  
ATI Radeon X300 SE with HyperMemory
7.3 
23 
Note: * 800x600 tests run at Medium Quality setting

Far Cry custom demo (in fps)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
1,024x768 with 4X antialiasing and 8X anisotropic filtering  
800x600 with no antialiasing and no anisotropic filtering *  
ATI Radeon X300 SE with HyperMemory
6.2 
49.3 
Note: * 800x600 tests run at High Quality setting

ATI driver used: Catalyst 5.2 (WHQL)
Nvidia driver used: ForceWare 71.84 (WHQL)

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Intel 3.46GHz P4 Extreme Edition CPU; 1,024MB Kingston Technology HyperX DDR2 memory running at 533MHz; Intel D925XCV motherboard; Intel 925X chipset; Maxtor 250GB 7B250S0 SATA hard drive; Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2

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eVGA e-GeForce 6200 TC

Part Number: 032-TC-1N02-SX Released: Feb 15, 2005
Low Price: $174.28 See all prices

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  • Release date Feb 15, 2005
  • Interface Type PCI Express x16
  • Max Monitors Supported 2
  • Graphics Engine NVIDIA GeForce 6200
  • Size 32 MB
  • Compatibility PC