Gainward GeForce4 PowerPack! Ultra/750XP TV/VIVO Golden Sample!

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The Gainward GF4 PowerPack! Ultra/750XP Golden Sample!
An Awesome Card With an Insane Bundle...

By - Marco Chiappetta
June 20, 2002

Over the last year or so, Gainward has done an excellent job differentiating their NVIDIA based video boards from their competition's.  Gainward's designers and marketing team seem to have found a winning combination...high quality, hand-picked components that are guaranteed to overclock, on products that are sold at a competitive price.  Lately, with the high-end cards in their line-up, Gainward has also started including a useful array of software and accessories.  The card we'll be looking at here, the Gainward GeForce 4 PowerPack! Ultra 750 / XP ViVo Golden Sample, is Gainward's current "Flagship" product, powered by NVIDIA's GeForce 4 Ti 4600 GPU.  In previous reviews, we were very impressed by the other "Golden Sample" cards we tested, so we were eager to get this product in our lab.  The Ultra / 750 XP shipped with a ton of extras and should be one of the premier GeForce 4 Ti 4600's on the market.  What do you say we get this card installed and find out what she's made of?


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Specifications and Features of the Gainward GF4 Ti 4600 Ultra/750XP
Pure Titanium
Product Specifications:
  • Integrated NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti, the most powerful GPU.
  • Supporting 128MB high-speed 128bit DDR RAM/SDRAM memory.
  • NVIDIA nVIEW Display Technology provides flexibility an control for using multiple displays.
  • Lightspeed Memory Architecture (LMA) II increases memory bandwidth efficiency for unmatched performance.
  • Accuview Antialiasing delivers unbeatable visual quality and frames rates.
    NVIDIA nfiniteFX II engine for full programmability.
  • Dual Programmable Pixel product surface details never before seen on the desktop.
  • Integrated hardware transform and lighting engine.
  • Integrated 32-bit color and 32-bit Z/Stencil Buffer.
  • Integrated Cube environment mapping, and true reflective bump mapping.
    Multibuffering (double, triple, quadruple) for smooth animation and video playback.
  • AGP 2X/4X supporting and Execute Mode ,Easy Plug- and-Play AUTORUN installation From CD-ROM include.
  • Support High-Definition Video Processor (HDVP).
  • Gainward's ExperTool TM utility for customized performance enhancements and efficient desktop management.
  • Performance enhanced, accelerated software drivers for all major operation systems and APIs.
  • Video-out support (NTSC/PAL) TV system. Providing best-of-class TV-out functionality at high resolutions.
  • Support LCD output with DVI connect, the resolution up to 1600x1200.
Gainward's XP-Feature for Video-In and Video-Out:
  • Gainward's award-winning XP feature, also know as "VIVO", provides two video-in connectors and two video-out connectors (both composite video and s-video for PAL and NTSC) for smooth video recording and video editing including accelerated DVD playback with enhanced motion compensation in hardware.

EXPERTool Performance Tuning Utility:

  • EXPERTool is Gainward's performance tuning utility that allows the user to easily adjust the engine clock and memory clock of any Gainward product from NVIDIA's recommended default settings to even higher settings. Gainward offers the end user the choice to either run the board in "Safe Mode Setting" or at "Enhanced Setting" ("Golden Sample" products only, featuring a more stable design with faster memory) which offer enhanced real-world 3D performance for higher resolution. Performance turning is the most commonly used method among the ultimate power gamers to extract the utmost performance out of a high quality 3D graphics card.

API SUPPORT:

  • DirectDraw
  • Direct3D
  • DirectVideo
  • DirectX 8.1
  • Open GL ICD

THE BUNDLE:

Informed enthusiasts have known for some time that Gainward attempts to make their hardware stand out amongst a slew of other similar products.  With the Ultra / 750 XP Golden Sample, they have also taken steps to make the bundled software and accessories overshadow anything available from their competition.

   

Included with the Gainward GeForce 4 PowerPack! Ultra / 750XP TV/VIVO Golden Sample, are a deluge of useful accompaniments. Along with the card and user's manual, you'll find any adapter, utility or cable needed to take advantage of the complete array of features this card has to offer.  The software bundle is comprised of Intervideo's excellent WinDVD software DVD player, WinProducer video editing software and WinCoder encoding software.  There is also an obligatory driver CD included, which contains a copy of Gainward's EXPERTool performance tuning utility.  Some gamers will be happy to find a complete version of Croteam's Serious Sam in the box as well, but we would have liked to have found a more recently released game.  Something else gamers may find appealing are the included 3D Stereo-Shutter glasses.  These 3D glasses work with most games, and when configured properly, produce a very realistic 3D effect.  Prolonged gaming with the glasses give me a mild headache though, so if you're itching to try these out, proceed with caution (and some aspirin!).  There are also two DVI-To-Analog adapters included with this card, because it is one of the few GeForce 4 Ti's with two separate Silicon Image 164 TMDS transmitters driving dual DVI-I outputs.  This configuration offers the greatest flexibility to those looking to connect multiple CRTs or Flat-Panels to their PC.

   

The Ultra / 750 XP Golden Sample also has Video-In and Video-Out capabilities, so Gainward included an adapter that allows for the connection of either S-Video or composite sources.  Taking things a step further, Gainward also bundles a VIA powered IEEE-1394 PCI card and cable to appease the growing number of digital video producers out there.  We did not test the transfer rates using the IEEE-1394 card, but we did install it into our Windows XP test system.  Windows XP actually detected the card and installed the necessary drivers without even prompting us for a disk...nice and easy, just the way we like it!

Quality, Setup and the Drivers 

Tags:  GeForce, TV, Power, XP, gold, Ultra, amp, force, ULT, AC, AI, AR, AM, K

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