Before we jump into the all important benchmark numbers, we'll take a look at just what is included inside the package of the AA5700U from Chaintech.
For a mainstream product, the included package of goodies was vaster than I expected before ripping open the box. Let's see what we've got here:
- Software and Games
As far as software goes, you get a total of three CDROM's including Chaintech's own Graphics Overclocking System Utility or "GOSU" and 3Deep as well as Win Cinema 2.0 which includes full versions of WinDVD 4, WinDVD Creator and WinRip as well as Win Producer 3.0 with your very own serial codes.
On the gaming side of things you are given a CDROM entitled "Game Pack V1.0" which includes Age of Wonders 2, Serous Sam 2, Rally Trophy, Max Payne and Tropico. Added to the bunch you get one of nVidia's "The Way It's Meant to be Played" titles, Commandos 3 by Eidos - mind you, it's the full three CD version.
- Chaintech Graphics Overclocking System Utility
Just before we move onto the other parts of the package, I want to spend a few moments talking about the Graphics Overclocking System Utility (or "GOSU" for short) by Chaintech.
GOSU is a simple program which is included in the package at no extra charge which works with nVidia based graphics card giving you the ability to adjust core and memory speeds with ease and instantly, without the need to reboot your system.
The GUI looks very nice and works very well with preset options for 2D and 3D computing. Just choose what clock speeds you want and click the "Go" button and the new clock speeds are put into place immediately.
We'll talk more about the overclockability of the graphics card later on in the review.
In the cable department we get your usual array of cables for modern day graphics cards including green DVI to VGA adapter, S-Video to RCA cable, short S-Video cable for TV playback and a splitter power cable for the required onboard power of the graphics card.
These included cables should be all you need for all your VGA and TV playback needs.
- "Is it a stress ball?!"
You may have noticed the green ball in the photo above. We first thought it might be a stress ball and we were utterly wrapped by the consideration by the folks from Chaintech in Taiwan for sending us such a toy knowing just how stressful running a tech site can be.
On closer inspection we soon discovered we didn't have a stress ball on our hands but a fancy monitor cleaning device, and a very good one at that. It doesn't look like much but it is the most effective surface I have used for monitor cleaning in years - and I've used many a device in the search for the ultimate cleaner. It does a fantastic job on both CRT and LCD displays. That search is now over.
Brilliant thinking Chaintech - it's definitely a first for me and a big pro! We found it doubles well as an office toy to throw at people, too.
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