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IXMicro ProRez Graphics Card Review
Review date: 5/23/98
Review Summary
Intro | 2D Performance  | 3D Performance | Game Performance  | Movie Playback | Features | Summary
Documentation
The printed documentation of the ProRez was a very thick installation guide, primarily because it contained instructions in literally every language on the planet. Both Macintosh and Windows 3.1/NT/95 information was included (primarily Windows as that platform needs more documentation due to the more complicated install).

The users guide for the card is contained on one of the four CDs that is included with the card. I prefer printed documentation, but that's getting rare these days and to be honest I rarely refer to it after becoming familiar with the card.

 

Software Bundle

Another strong suit of the ProRez is the software bundle, it comes with 4 CDs which in addition to the documentation and drivers includes the following software packages:

  • Bryce 2 by MetaCreations™
  • Expression™ by MetaCreations
  • Kai's Photo Soap by MetaCreations
  • Colorific® by Sonnetech
  • Web Painter™ SE and Hip Clips by Totally Hip Software
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0
  • 3D Worlds Demo by MicroSpot
  • WorldView™ 2.0 by Intervista
  • Charts SE by Adrenaline Software, Inc.
  • DesignWorkshop Lite™ by Artifice, Inc.
  • Eye Candy® 3.0 Demo by Alien Skin Software
  • Eye Candy® After Effects® Demo by Alien Skin Software

Although there is no printed documentation for the software (it's all on the CD), you have to admit this is a pretty impressive bundle for a card that retails for under $300.

 

System Requirements

Apple Macintosh or compatible with PCI; Mac OS 7.6.1 or higher; 16 Mbytes of RAM; open PCI slot.

Application and Game requirements will vary as far as CPU and memory requirements.

 

Pricing and Availability

At the time of this review (May 98), the ProRez was generally listed at $299.99. Prices may vary by dealer. Bottom Line and Macgurus (site sponsors) offer the card as well as other authorized IXMicro dealers.

The ProRez comes with a 5 year limited warranty.

 

Summary

I had a very hard time determining the price/performance of this card since it did so well in everything but 3D and Rave games. If 2D speed is your paramount concern, then this card would easily rate a 10 for value. The software bundle is a nice bonus as well, and by far the best I've seen in any card in this price range. For about $300, you get the best of class in everything but 3D performance.

Summary of Ratings
Category
IXMicro
ProRez

2D Performance:

9.5

3D Performance:

5

Game Performance:

6

Movie Playback:

9

Software Controls:

8

Design/Features:

8

Documentation:

8

Price/Performance:

8

Totals:

61.5

Based on these scores, you can apply your own weighting of each feature to determine which card is right for your needs.

Thanks to IXMicro for providing the card for review. I hope I've provided some valuable information on its performance and capabilities.


Index of IXMicro ProRez Graphics Card Review

Intro | 2D Performance  | 3D Performance | Game Performance  | Movie Playback | Features | Summary

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