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eVGA e-GeForce2 Ultra Review

By: Jonathan Martini - March 7, 2001

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Introduction

The GeForce2 Ultra chipset is presently the undisputed performance champion. It is the next step up from the GeForce2 GTS as it's core is a tweaked and modified version of the almost 1 year old GeForce2 GTS core, but running 50MHz faster. Like all its GeForce2 family siblings, this card's performance is also memory bandwidth limited, which is where the card's truly exotic 4.8ns memory comes into play.

 

GeForce2 GTS Vs. GeForce2 Ultra

So what does the big Ultra name entail? Let's see:

The Specs:

  GeForce2 GTS GeForce2 Ultra
Process Technology .18 micron .18 micron
Core/Memory Speed 200MHz/333MHz 250MHz/460MHz
Memory Amount 32/64MB 64MB
Memory Bandwidth 5.3GB/Sec 7.4GB/Sec
Pixels/Clock 4 4
Pixels/Second 800 Million 1000 Million
Texels/Clock 8 8
Texels/Second 1600 Million 2000 Million
Polygons/Second 25 Million 31 Million

The big story here is the increased memory bandwidth entailed by using the faster 4.5 ns memory running at 460MHz when compared with the GeForce2's now paltry 6ns memory running at 333MHz.

The faster memory maximizes the GPU's potential as it'll allow it to run advanced texturing methods at high resolutions with 32bit color while keeping the frame rate fast and fluid.

This isn't just a GTS core cranked up to 250 MHz with faster memory. The core is constructed using an advanced TSMC .18 micron process, while the board had to be redesigned to suit the faster memory utilized by the GeForce2 Ultra. I think this could be best explained by HalcYon's comparison in his review of the Creative Annihilator 2 Ultra: The best comparison I can draw is taking a 350 Chevy V-8 and putting 1/2" exhaust pipes on it.

eVGA

eVGA is making quite a name for itself as of late. It's a relatively new graphics card company looking to provide the consumer with the best possible product at the best possible price. Although you might find cards retailing for less, one must recognize that eVGA is now a certified NVIDIA Select Solution Provider which guarantees that all products meet the strict requirements necessary for building quality NVIDIA components.

Another step eVGA is taking to ensure it's customer's are content with their purchase is that they guarantee their GeForce2 MX based card come equipped with 5.5ns RAM which is above the required NVIDIA spec of 6ns, thus allowing to increase the memory bandwidth by running the RAM stable at higher speeds.

eVGA has also redesigned their packaging:

The above packaging seems to portray that eVGA might be heading in a new sales direction; retail, but we'll leave that for an upcoming interview. The box shown below is the box which contained the e-GeForce2 Ultra as well as the driver CDs and manual.

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Last Updated on March 7, 2001

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