As some of you might know, I just recieved my ASUS Geforce and have
plugged it in my HTPC replacing a Radeon9500. In between I had my
Geforce 5600 in the machine, too. Before any of these cards, I used
I'll break this review up in two parts, this being the first(!).
Please keep in mind that this is a raw card, no MP-1 mods or anything.
The projector is a Marquee 8500 Ultra fed by RGBHV. The night's test
disks were: Resident Evil, Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii, The Fast and the
Furious, and a Danish series called 'Rejseholdet' (Unit One is the
There is no question about it, this card is way better than the Radeon
9500 I've used for some time now. I saw it right away during Resident
evil, especially in the backgrounds. They were way sharper and much
cleaner. I must admit that I didn't expect a large difference, or none at
all. The scenes inside the complex, in the beginning had razorsharp
But what really caught my eye, was the color. They were so vivid, I don't
know how to explain this, but it was like there were more of them during
a transition. Like when you use a paint program and choose gradient
fill, and you use 100 colors instead of 70. I hope I can be understood:rolleyes:
Then I popped in Live at Pompeii, due to the sunlit photography which
looks awesome. This is where the card really came through. Once again,
amazing color reproduction, the ground in the ambitheater is many
different colors now, from dark dirt to light. It also seem a lot sharper,
at far distance camera work, I could still make out details on persons
and so on. This must count as better backgrounds due to less noise.
The music never sounded better:D
Yet another thing was the dynamics of the image. It felt like the contrast
range had been increased. I didn't set everything up 100%, but toyed
a little with gamma. Maybe it's just me, but it seems to work a lot better
than on the Radeons. If I cranked it up high, I didn't get the same problems
as with the 9500, greenish image and so on.
My girlfriend's troubled DVD's with her favorite series, didn't have any
improvement though. Seems crap is crap. However, she'll look into them
tonight, maybe her opinion differs. She has spend MANY hours, so she'll
be able to see it right away.
It was during the series that I first saw the problem. The lipsync was off
- way off -. I inserted Roger Waters 'In The Flesh' (PAL) and yes, it
was horrible. I've used 72hz for some time now, without ANY problems
for both PAL and NTSC and HD, but now we had lip sync problems.
Everyones #1 fear. Since it was a PAL disk, I upped powerstrip to 75hz,
and everything was normal again. Go figure.
The Fast and the Furious also looked great, with a lot of background detail,
I've never really seen before. Long shots of the city, masses of people etc.
So, my initial thought is that this is the card for me, and maybe for you too.
I had my eyes on it for gaming, but since it did such an amazing job on the
screen, it'll never see 3D games. Once again, the gamma setting is really
great, which is important for me, the image is tight and razorsharp with
GREAT and VERY vivid colors, by far surpassing the Radeons I've used.
Part II will come tonight, I'll use AVIA and then make the ultimate test:
2001: a space odyssey. White spaceships askew on black backgrounds.
Do you remember seeing Heywood Floyd sitting in front of the craziest
moirÃ© ever? I'll go nitpicking tonight.
If you're looking to buy a new card, consider this one, for sure. Be advised
that you might have lipsync issues.
Thanks for your time,