Axle is one of our new sponsors and today we are looking at our first sample from them; they sent us a Geforce G210 512DDR2 videocard that is mainly meant for HTPC setups. It comes with a HDMI port, Nvidia Purevideo HD tech, and a bunch of nice features that come in handy when watching HD material.
Check out their website, http://www.axle3d.com/eng/about.php
NVIDIA® Unified Architecture
Fully unified graphics core dynamically allocates work to geometry, vertex, physics, or pixel shading operations, delivering superior graphics processing power.
NVIDIA CUDA™ Parallel Computing Architecture1
CUDA technology unlocks the power of the GPU’s processor cores to accelerate the most demanding system tasks – such as video transcoding – delivering incredible performance improvements over traditional CPUs.
Full support for DirectCompute, Microsoft’s GPU computing API.
Full support for OpenCL GPU computing API.
Microsoft® Windows® 7 Support
Windows 7 is the next generation operating system that will mark a dramatic improvement in the way the OS takes advantage of the graphics processing unit (GPU) to provide a more compelling user experience. By taking advantage of the GPU for both graphics and computing, Windows 7 will not only make today’s PCs more visual and more interactive but also ensure that they have the speed and responsiveness customers want.
NVIDIA® GeForce® Unified Driver Architecture (UDA)
Delivers a proven record of compatibility, reliability, and stability with the widest range of games and applications. GeForce drivers provide the best out-of-box experience for every user and deliver continuous performance and feature updates over the life of GeForce GPUs.
Massively multi-threaded architecture supports thousands of independent, simultaneous threads, providing extreme processing efficiency in advanced, next generation shader programs.
NVIDIA® Lumenex™ Engine
Delivers stunning image quality and floating point accuracy at ultra-fast frame rates.
16x Anti-aliasing Technology
Lightning fast, high-quality anti-aliasing at up to 16x sample rates obliterates jagged edges.
128-bit floating point High Dynamic-Range (HDR) Lighting
Twice the precision of prior generations for incredibly realistic lighting effects—now with support for anti-aliasing.
NVIDIA® PureVideo® HD Technology2
The combination of high-definition video decode acceleration and post-processing that delivers unprecedented picture clarity, smooth video, accurate color, and precise image scaling for movies and video.
Hardware Decode Acceleration
Provides ultra-smooth playback of H.264, VC-1, WMV, DivX, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 HD and SD movies without the need for a dual or quad-core CPU.
Dual-stream Hardware Acceleration
Supports picture-in-picture content for the ultimate interactive Blu-ray and HD DVD movie experience.
Dynamic Contrast Enhancement & Color Stretch
Provides post-processing and optimization of High Definition movies on a scene by scene basis for spectacular picture clarity.
Enhanced Error Resilience
Correct errors or losses in broadcast content to ensure crisp, high quality playback.
Advanced Spatial-Temporal De-Interlacing
Sharpens HD and standard definition interlaced content on progressive displays, delivering a crisp, clear picture that rivals high-end home-theater systems.
Enlarges lower resolution movies and videos to HDTV resolutions, while maintaining a clear, clean image. Also provides downscaling of videos, including high-definition, while preserving image detail.
Inverse Telecine (3:2 & 2:2 Pulldown Correction)
Recovers original film images from films-converted-to-video (DVDs, 1080i HD content), providing more accurate movie playback and superior picture quality.
Bad Edit Correction
When videos are edited, the edits can disrupt the normal 3:2 or 2:2 pulldown cadence. PureVideo uses advanced processing techniques to detect poor edits, recover the original content, and display perfect picture detail frame after frame for smooth, natural looking video.
Improves movie image quality by removing unwanted artifacts.
Sharpens movie images by providing higher contrast around lines and objects.
Dual-link HDCP Capable3
Designed to meet the output protection management (HDCP) and security specifications of the Blu-ray Disc format, allowing the playback of encrypted movie content on PCs when connected to HDCP-compliant displays.
Dual-link DVI Support
Able to drive industry’s largest and highest resolution flat-panel displays up to 2560×1600 and with support for High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP).
HDMI 1.3a Support
Fully integrated support for HDMI 1.3a including xvYCC, Deep color and 7.1 digital surround sound.
PCI Express 2.0 Support
Designed for the new PCI Express 2.0 bus architecture offering the highest data transfer speeds for the most bandwidth-hungry games and 3D applications, while maintaining backwards compatibility with existing PCI Express motherboards for the broadest support.
Full Microsoft® DirectX® 10.1 Support
DirectX 10.1 GPU with full Shader Model 4.1 support delivers unparalleled levels of graphics realism and film-quality effects.
OpenGL 3.1 Optimization and Support
Provides top-notch compatibility and performance for OpenGL applications.
589MHz core speed and 1402MHz Shader clock.
64bit DDR2, maximum memory of 512MB.
Dual RAMDAC at 400MHz
Dual-Link DVI ports, supports maximum 2560×1600 resolution.
Build for Windows Vista, fully supports DX10.1 and SM4.0
This card is as you see not the fastest card on the market, it is aimed for HTPC computers so you can run heavy HD material. It comes packed in a very nice box with some features on the back of the box. There is also a big Arctic Cooling logo which mentions that this specific card is equipped with one of their GPU coolers.