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The GA-GF2000 GF256 GTS 32MB DDR
Super stable and Super Fast, Gigabyte Does it right...

By Marco "BigWop" Chiappetta
8/21/00

 

As more and more companies diversify their product lines to offer motherboards and video cards, many similar products will begin to hit store shelves.  Companies like Asus, Abit and Gigabyte have ventured out of the motherboard market and are now offering high quality graphics accelerators.  But why buy one over another?  These companies know that is the dilemma a potential buyer faces and Gigabyte thinks they've found the answer. 

Gigabyte's newest entry into the crowded GeForce 2 GTS market is the GA-GF2000.  Although this card doesn't offer a big software bundle, or any exclusive features to differentiate itself from its slew of competitors, it does offer the quality and reliability we have learned go hand-in-hand with Gigabyte products, which at least to me, means a lot.

              

Specifications Of The GA-GF2000 GF256 GTS 32MB DDR
The "classic" GeForce2 GTS...



  • NVIDIA Geforce2 GTS, 256-bit 2D/3D GPU with Hardware Transform & Lighting

  • High-Performance DDR memory   

  • AGP 4X with Fast Writes

  • 32-bit color ARGB with destination alpha

  • Cube environment mapping and Anisotropic texture filtering

  • 350MHz RAMDAC

  • Motion compensation enhanced for DVD playback

  • Optimized drivers for OpenGL and DirectX

  • Full version games and VCD player included

  • Optional TV-out and DVI output support

  • Optimized Direct3D and OpenGL acceleration

  • Complete DirectX 7, DirectX 6 and DirectX 5 support

  • 256-bit graphics engine

  • 8 texture-mapped, filtered, lit texels per clock cycle

  • Single pass multi-texturing

  • 32-bit Z/stencil buffer (floating point or integer)Anti-aliasing: full scene, order independent

  • 32-bit ARGB rendering with destination alpha

  • High Quality Texture Filtering, including Anisotropic

  • Advanced per-pixel, perspective-correct texturing

  • Fog and Depth Cueing

  • High performance 256-bit 2D acceleration

  • Optimized for multiple color depths including 32, 24, 16, 15, and 8-bits per pixel

  • True-color hardware cursor

  • Multi-buffering (double, triple, quad buffering) for smooth animation and video playback

  • High quality HDTV/DVD Playback

  • Enhanced Motion Compensation for full-screen, full-frame video playback of all DVD and HDTV resolutions

  • Advanced support for DirectDraw

  • Hardware color space conversion (YUV 4:2:2 and 4:2:0)

  • 5-tap horizontal by 3-tap vertical filtering

  • 8:1 upscaling and downscaling

  • Per-pixel color keying

  • Multiple video windows with hardware color space conversion and filtering

  • DVD sub-picture alpha blended compositing

  • Video acceleration for DirectShow, MPEG-1, MPEG-2,and Indeo

  • Up to 128MB of SDR or DDR SDRAM/SGRAM

The memory that came installed on this board is 6ns Infineon DDR SGRAM.  This particular memory gave us very good results when it came to overclocking and ran relatively cool throughout testing. The exact specifications can be found right here.

Yields on DDR memory have obviously been getting better as time has gone by (which was expected)...more on this later though.   Also notice that 32MB versions of the GeForce 2 GTS boards are coming equipped with SGRAM, not SDRAM.  32MB SGRAM boards will consistently outperform similarly clocked SDRAM variations.

Installation, Drivers, Visuals

 

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