Gainward Ti/500 XP GeForce3
- January 17, 2002
This is where this card leaves most others in the dust. First
off, consider that you have a cherry picked, bin sorted GeForce3 core to work
with. It comes at a standard clock of 240MHz. Then add a cooler with a decent
sized fan, and razor thin cooling fins to keep the heat off. Then use RAM
heatsinks on 64MB of quality 3.8ns DDR RAM which comes at a default clock of
500MHz. What does this all add up to? One heck of a fine overclocking card. I
ran several batch loop tests to determine where I found the true sweet spot for
this card was. That is, a clock ratio that will not fail and is safe to run at.
The result was 250MHz core coupled with a 590MHz memory clock. This card actually
could pull 600MHz on the memory, but would fail after a lengthy testing period.
The core could also have been set higher, but I have found that the increase in
card temperature due to core overclocking, is not worth the loss of memory
overclockability due to the added heat source from the core.
So, the sweet spot
which I found was 250/590 for the clock speeds. I've never seen a card that
clocks as well as this card does. This card is designed with us video fanatics in
One thing which I feel that I should point out is that with the extremely
thin cooler fins, this card may require more frequent dusting then most other
cards coolers. This
is due to them creating almost a strainer in their design, and may load up with
dust faster than others do. It's a great design
and works well. Just check it from time to time and give it a little shot of air
when called for. I wish that other companies would adopt this design for their
coolers, it makes a lot of sense and works well.
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. I
will not go into an analysis of DVD performance in this review. I am sure that
with the free DVD software provided with the card, it should play DVD's just
fine. I just don't use my computer to play DVD's on or to edit video with, so
excuse the absence of discussion of these features in my review.
too bad in OpenGL huh? With the power that this card has, you can turn up the
FSAA or anisotropic filtering without having to worry about slowing the
graphics down too much.
good little card, eh? It's no slouch in the DirectX department.
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