Interview - Andrew Han of
eVGA - Page 2
nV News: What are your personal thoughts on the GeForce3? Is it really
too far ahead of it's time?
The GeForce3 - of course it's not too far ahead of
its time. nVidia has consistently been able to define the state of the art when
it comes to computer graphics and they're doing it again right now. When the
TNT2 came out, there were no games that used 32bit color even though the TNT2
could without taking a performance hit, when the GeForce256 first came out,
there were no games that used Hardware T&L, and now with the GeForce3 there
are no games (at the moment) that will take advantage of it. But all that
changes, and very quickly in this business. The incredible detail that you can
now achieve with this new family of GPU is simply amazing and I think that the
GeForce3 is being at just the right moment. We've seen proof of the power of
Hardware T&L, but we've also realized a limitation in it - now this new and
groundbreaking technology comes along to remove that limitation, and there you
have it. That's just how technology progresses.
nV News: Any comments on the recent
delays of NVIDIA's GeForce3 chipset?
Andrew: No. The GeForce3 chipset is
ready and will be available soon.
nV News: When can we expect to see an
Andrew: The release of this amazing
achievement in VGA board architecture will be in limited release, starting in
mid May and eVGA will be in full production in June.
nV News: Is there any push for eVGA to enter the retail market with the GeForce3
or any variation of the GeForce2?
Andrew: We are looking at multiple
channel strategies for this year and next, but from a tactical perspective I
think it safe to say that the thought has occurred to me.
Why was there such a lapse in the production of
eVGA's GeForce2 Ultra when compared to many other manufacturers (from the eVGA
announcement to it's final board... maybe the reason for stating to ship it in
November, then delaying it until it's January release)
receive a DDS (Developers Design Kit) in late September of 2000 and once we got
started in the lab, we did some additional work that required us to extend our
release schedule. It was worth the extra effort and I will always stand by my
engineers relentless quest for perfection. After all, it is for the benefit of
the customer and that will always be the endgame for eVGA.
nV News: Price will definitely be a determining factor for your GeForce2 offering.
What level of support comes at that price?
Andrew: eVGA.com is here today and we will be here tomorrow. If our customers
need support, any kind of support, we stand behind our product 100% and we
will do what it takes to prove that. This is nothing new to us; we adhere
to that principle now, and will continue to do so in the future.
nV News: How extensive is your testing of the new cards? Well known retail card
makers pride themselves on their testing before release? What's it like for eVGA?
Andrew: Our testing protocol is not only rigorous to the point of
overindulgence, but also full integrated into our Quality Assurance
Program (QAP). In addition, the combination of the extraordinary nVidia
“reference design”, driver engineering and top grade components ensure
that our products exceed expectation with respect to performance and
reliability. Of course, eVGA.com’s patent pending installation and
utility software does not hurt either…
nV News: What
are you foreseeing in the near-future about the video card market and the
computer world in general?
Andrew: What I can say with a fair
degree of confidence is that it will be exciting, it will be amazing, it will be
immersive and I hope that everyone out there will join us in that experience.
nV News: Where do you see eVGA a year
Andrew: On the big stage and in the spot
As I previously mentioned, I've has the chance to review three card from
eVGA e-GeForce2 MX
The eVGA e-GeForce2 MX TwinView Plus
The eVGA e-GeForce2 Ultra
We'd like to thank Andrew for
taking time out of his extremely busy days for answering our questions and eVGA
for their support.
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