Gainward Ti/450 Golden
- February 4, 2002
As I mentioned earlier, the unique core cooler found on the
Gainward Ti/550 is not on this card. However, the RAM is rated at 4ns. This
card comes with default clocks of 200 core and 450 memory, which are higher than
most other Ti/200 class cards. The
top stable overclocked ratio that the Ti/450 was able to run at was 240 core and 535
memory in long continuous loop tests.
That's a great ratio and is essentially what serves to set this card apart from other
vendor's cards. Gainward has once again used a good choice of RAM for their
I have talked with my rep at Gainward and explained that the thin blade
design of fan is superior, and if at all possible to test a heatsink with thin
blades across it's entire surface, with a fan placed on top of it. I explained
that the loss of a PCI slot would readily be sacrificed by most in exchange for better core overclocking success. At least he listened to me and followed my
logic, but I doubt that they will risk losing some sales due to the PCI slot
loss issue. So, if it has to be an orb design, the thin bladed fan is
preferable. Bottom line is though, RAM is more important than the core to
overclock and yields the most performance increase. This card has RAM which is
ideal for overclocking.
ABIT KR7A (KT266A) motherboard
AMD Athlon XP 1800+ CPU
512MB Crucial PC2100 DDR
Maxtor 60GB 7,200rpm ATA/100 HD
Creative Audiogy sound card
Windows XP Pro OS (fresh installation)
All tests where performed at 32 bit color depths and textures, with v-synch disabled. NVIDIA
Detonator XP 23.11 drivers where used.
you can see. This card can match and do better than most higher priced
Standard GeForce3 cards can.
Mark2001 proves that this card is no slouch in DirectX performance. Very
impressive. For example, if you hop over and look
at the MSI GeForce3 card which I recently reviewed, you'll see that on the same
rig and same driver set, the highest default score that I could pull out of it
when over-clocked was 7188. While this Ti/200 class card was able to pull
7339. I would recommend the Gainward Ti/450 over the MSI GF3 without question.
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