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Elsa Gladiac GeForce2 GTS w/ 32MB DDR SDRAM

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The Elsa Gladiac
Based on the NVidia GeForce2 GTS With 32MB DDR SDRAM

By Dave "Davo" Altavilla
6/4/00

 

Installation / Setup With the Elsa Gladiac
A cake walk...
Our install went flawless in a number of tests systems here at the Hot Hardware lab.  We set up the Gladiac in both an i820 based system and an old stand-by BX chipset based motherboard.  In either case, the Gladiac gave us no trouble whatsoever.

The drivers provided by Elsa are based on the NVidia reference drivers with a wrapper customized by Elsa and a few extra goodies.

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Again, nothing too exotic here but Elsa does give you the ability to overclock the Gladiac right out of the box.  In addition, 2D image quality on our desktop was superb with the Gladiac and the Elsa drivers. 

As you may know, the latest drivers from NVidia officially support FSAA (Full Scene Anti-Aliasing) in Direct 3D games.  We decided we wanted to see what a couple of games that could really take advantage of FSAA, could look like on a GeForce2.

Direct 3D FSAA With The GeForce2 GTS

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Things look pretty smooth here for sure.  This shots were taken with the FSAA slider in the Direct 3D control panel, set to maximum.  The image quality here, as you can see, in general is excellent.  We should point out however that at this point, in 32 bit color with FSAA on in both of these games, frame rates were unacceptable. We took both of these shots at 800X600 in 32 bit color and neither game was what we would consider "playable".  In 16 bit color, game play was a lot smoother at 800X600 and 1024X768.  Regardless, in our opinion NVidia still has some work to do with FSAA, for it to be a viable feature with their hardware.

 

Overclocking The Gladiac
Sweetness

As we noted, the Gladiac does allow for overclocking within its own set of drivers.  With this feature easily at hand, we couldn't help but try our luck at higher core and memory clocks.  We are happy to report that the Elsa Gladiac (at least the card we tested) had plenty of margin in both Core and Memory Clock Speeds.  We were able to get our Gladiac to run stable and with no visual artifacts, at a core speed of 220MHz. and memory speed of 380MHz. DDR.  In addition, the card was totally stable with an overclocked AGP bus all the way up to 100MHz.  We set up our Intel BX chipset board with a 100MHz. Front Side Bus and a 1/1 setting for the AGP divider.  The Gladiac hung tough through all of our testing at this setting.  Kudos to Elsa for designing a VERY stable graphics card.  In addition, the somewhat "standard" heat sink and fan combo that is on the Gladiac provides adequate but not what we would call robust cooling and heat transfer.  With a larger heat sink installed on the GeForce2 GTS chip, the possibilities for even higher clock speeds are very intriguing.  In our final assessment, overall we were very impressed by the Gladiac with respect to overclocking and the card's built in speed "margin".

 

Bring on the Benchmarks

 

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