Gainward Ti/450 Golden
- February 4, 2002
Gainward as we all know by now, is a manufacturer of high quality NVIDIA
based video cards. As you saw in our recent review of the Ti/550 from
it ranks as one of the best GeForce3 cards ever made. In this review, we will
look at it's Ti/200 based card. It's curiously called the Ti/450 Golden Sample,
which may throw you at first. But when you realize that this card uses 4ns DDR
and is clocked differently than most Ti/200 cards, it starts to make sense.
I have to start off by saying, that for a street price of $150, the Gainward
Ti/450 kicks most other GeForce3 cards squarely in the ass. As this card
performs better than most other Ti/200 and regular GeForce3 cards do. You'll
soon see why.
This card does support TV-out, but not TV-in as the Ti/550
did. I don't use TV-in or TV-out, so that's here nor there for me personally.
However, if you require TV-in; this card does not support that. For a pure 3D
gamer though, this card will deliver the goods at a very modest price for you.
Golden Sample GeForce3|
a snapshot of the card. Note that the cooler is different than the Ti/550's. No
small fins on this one, a more traditional orb style heat-sink, which is a bit
of a disappointment. It's applied correctly with a thin even coating of thermal
compound across the entire surface of the GPU. The RAM sinks are divided into
four units, one for each two RAM modeule.
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