Elsa GeForce2 GTS v. GeForce DDR

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What’s this? Another non-motherboard review? Well, I have never been one to turn down a chance to review hardware, and why shouldn’t I share the new card with the readers? Keep in mind this is a preliminary testing, and not a full review of the card. We should have that in a few more days.

The recent arrival of the GeForce 2 GTS chipset on the market has put the consumers and NVIDIA’s competitor’s on edge. Just when 3dfx was going public with latest in video card technology, the Voodoo 5′ and 6’s, NVIDIA gave the Elsa GeForce2 GTS v. GeForce DDR - Graphics Cards 8one-two punch with the launch of the GeForce2 with one additional trait: the GeForce2’s are available now where as the V5-6 models are still 3-4 weeks away. How NVIDIA was able to keep the new chipset secret for such an extended time is unknown, but they did a damn fine job of it. And it looks like they did a damn fine job on the video cards, as well.

The first board we were sent to test was the Elsa brand GeForce 2 GTS card. This German-based company was previously only known for the great quality GeForce SDRAM and DDR cards, which have been some of the best sellers on the market. The 32MB version is what we tested, of course on the Athlon based system. Below are the specs of the Elsa GLADIAC.

Elsa Gladiac Specs

256-bit graphics engine
200MHz core/166MHz memory clock
25 million triangles/sec
800 Mpixels/s fill rate
1.6GTexels/sec fill rate
5.3GB/sec Memory bandwidth
Hardware anti-aliasing
32-bit colors, Z/stencil buffer
Max Resolution 2048×1536
32MB or 64MB DDR RAM
AGP 2X/4X including fast writes and execute mode
DirectX texture compression
S3TC support
Windows 9x/NT/2000 compatible

The card went through all the tests we are used to seeing on the video card front: Quake III, Unreal Tournament, and 3DMark’s 99 and 2000. Follow the links to continue. Here is the test system setup below:

Test System Setup
CPU AMD Athlon 750
Motherboard Asus K7V-RM
Memory 1 x 128MB PC133 Mushkin SDRAM
Hard Drive 20.5GB Western Digital 7200 RPM
Video Card Elsa Gladiac
Operating System Windows 98 SE

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