Forsa GT 520 Review

By Nimish Sawant | Updated Nov 15 2011
Forsa GT 520 Review
DIGIT RATING
60 /100
  • design

    60

  • performance

    50

  • value for money

    60

  • features

    70

  • PROS
  • Allows low end gaming
  • Temperature delta is very low
  • CONS
  • Slightly overpriced for its performance

Verdict

Forsa GT 520 is an ideal HTPC card. With the half height form factor it can easily fit into a small form factor cabinet. Older generations games can be played at lower resolutions, but please note that gaming is not what this card is meant for. We feel that the pricing should be around the Rs. 2,500 region.

Forsa GT 520 detailed review

Features: Forsa GT 520 is the low power half-height form factor card. It has a small footprint and is meant to be used as an HTPC card and not for gaming. It is clocked at the base setting of 810 MHz, but it houses the older DDR3 memory as opposed to the newer GDDR5 memory. It has a 64-bit memory interface. This card also supports stereoscopic 3D for those wanting watch 3D Blu-ray content over their 3D monitors.


Design and Build: Being an NVIDIA card comes across with the green coloured fan located atop a heatsink. It comes with all the three ports such as DVI, VGA and HDMI. The heatsink has quite a lot of fins which assist in heat dissipation. Surprisingly it does not come with a half height adapter which is kind of expected with such cards.

Performance: As is indicative from the graphs above, this category of cards is not suited for playing present generation games. You can lower the resolution and try to push the card, but the experience is not worth it. The only game where you can play comfortably is Dirt 3 at resolutions such as 1024x768 and lower. Far Cry2 at even 1280x1024, No AA manages only 19 FPS which is not great at all. Its load temperature is lower than that of XFX HD 6450 but the temperature delta is higher than the XFX card.

Refer to the gallery to view benchmarks, as well as the below table.

Verdict: Forsa GT 520 is an ideal HTPC card. With the half height form factor it can easily fit into a small form factor cabinet. Older generations games can be played at lower resolutions, but please note that gaming is not what this card is meant for. We feel that the pricing should be around the Rs. 2,500 region.

Score Out of 100: 17.29

Price: Rs.3,200

Features, Specs, Scores

Brand Model

Forsa GT520

GPU Codename

GF119
Type of memory / Memory Clock (MHz)

DDR3 / 650

Core / Shader Clock (MHz)

810 / 1620

No. of Stream Processors
48
Memory size (MB) / Memory Interface

2048 / 64-bit

Connects on card

HDMI, DVI, D-Sub

Accessories provided

Driver CD

Game Provided
N
Synthetic Benchmarks
3D Mark 11 (Overall)
1131
3D Mark 11 (Graphics)
988

Unigine Heaven v2.5 (1680x1050, 4xAF, Max Shader, Extreme Tesellation) Score

89

Unigine Heaven v2.5 (1680x1050, 4xAF, Max Shader, Extreme Tesellation) Frame rate

3.5
Temperature (Load)
55
Temperature (Idle)
37

Game Benchmarks

FarCry 2 (1280x1024, Ultra High, No AA) Avg

18.63

FarCry 2 (1680x1050, Ultra High, No AA) Avg

15.81

FarCry 2 (1920x1080, Ultra High, No AA) Avg

14.11

FarCry 2 (1280x1024, Ultra High, 4xAA) Avg

14.38

FarCry 2 (1680x1050, Ultra High, 4xAA) Avg

11.95

FarCry 2 (1920x1080, Ultra High, 4xAA) Avg

10.89

S.T.A.L.K.E.R : Call of Pripyat (Day, 1680x1050, No AA, DX11, Ultra Detail) Avg

18

S.T.A.L.K.E.R : Call of Pripyat (Day, 1680x1050, 4x AA, DX11, Ultra Detail) Avg

S.T.A.L.K.E.R : Call of Pripyat (Day, 1920x1080, 4xAA, DX11, Ultra Detail) Avg

16.5
14.3

Resident Evil (1680x1050, 4xAA, Motion Blur on)

Resident Evil (1920x1080, 4xAA, Motion Blur on)

14
11

Crysis Warhead (1280x1024, DX10, Med) Avg

Crysis Warhead (1680x1050, DX10, Med) Avg

25.04

Crysis Warhead (1680x1050, DX10, Very High) Avg

22.33

Crysis Warhead (1920x1080, DX10, Very High) Avg

19.91
19.91

Dirt 3 (1280x1024, No AA, Details Medium) Avg

104.19

Dirt 3 (1680x1050, No AA, Details Medium) Avg

92.58

Dirt 3 (1920x1080, No AA, Details Medium) Avg

83.61

Dirt 3 (1280x1024, 4x AA, Details High) Avg

84.64

Dirt 3 (1680x1050, 4x AA, Details High) Avg

73.38

Dirt 3 (1920x1080, 4x AA, Details High) Avg

67.77
Crysis 2 (1920x1080 Hardcore)
33.68
Crysis 2 (1680x1050 Hardcore)
38.36

Forsa GT 520 Key Specs, Price and Launch Date

Price: ₹3200
Release Date: 15 Nov 2011
Market Status: Launched

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