Both GeForce 6200 TurboCache and Radeon X300 SE HyperMemory are clearly targeted to the very entry-level market based on the PCI Express bus. The idea of these two chips is to be the cheapest video card with better performance than on-board video.
The performance of the reviewed GeForce 6200 TurboCache model from XFX, PV-T44P-QAH – which has 64 MB of video memory and 64-bit memory interface – was greater than the reviewed model from Leadtek, which had only 16 MB of video memory and uses a 32-bit memory interface. So if you want to buy a GeForce 6200 TurboCache, go for the 64-bit memory interface model with at least 64 MB.
In our reviews, the “normal” GeForce 6200 with 128 MB of “real” memory achieved a performance superior than both GeForce 6200 TurboCache boards we reviewed. However, reviewed TurboCache boards accessed memory using a 64-bit interface, while the standard GeForce 6200 we reviewed used a 128-bit interface.
The amazing number of different GeForce 6200 models makes it hard to decide which one to buy. So, if you decide buying a GeForce 6200 prefer buying a “real” GeForce 6200 with 128 MB and 128-bit interface. The problem, however, is that this model costs more. In our opinion, you should go for the TurboCache models only if you have a really tight budget.
Compared to its main competitor, Radeon X300 SE HyperMemory, the results were quite interesting. Only on 3DMark2001 SE increasing image quality settings Radeon X300 SE HyperMemory was faster. On all other tests, GeForce 6200 TurboCache from XFX was faster or tied with Radeon X300 SE HyperMemory from PowerColor. We could claim that Radeon X300 SE HyperMemory is a good video card if you want to play DirectX 8.1 games with high image quality settings on, but in our opinion nobody that owns a low-end video card will enable high image quality settings – usually people will prefer performance than quality when using a low-end VGA.
Since both GeForce 6200 TurboCache with 64-bit memory interface and 64 MB and Radeon X300 SE HyperMemory are in the same price range, we can say that GeForce 6200 TurboCache is a better buy, since it provides a better performance level.
Keep in mind that compared to a GeForce 6200 TurboCache with only 16 MB Radeon X300 SE HyperMemory is faster.
In summary, this model from XFX is a better buy than a Radeon X300 SE HyperMemory and is clearly targeted to people that want to play some games, can’t stand on-board video performance and have only between USD 50 and USD 60 to spend on a video card. If you have a little bit more to spend, consider the “real” GeForce 6200 with 128 MB and 128-bit memory interface.