Gainward's Titanium Series Lineup

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The Gainward Titanium Series Line-up
Pure Performance

By - Marco Chiappetta
January 3, 2002

We have stated on numerous occasions that with the video card market in it's current state, differentiating one product from another has become increasingly more difficult for both manufacturers and consumers.  Now that the ATi Radeon 7500 and 8500s have arrived and have matured nicely, there are finally other legitimate, high-performance alternatives out there.  If you have an NVIDIA based video card in mind however, choosing one manufacturer's card over another is a confusing task.  Due to the fact that, virtually all NVIDIA powered boards are based on standard reference designs and use the exact same drivers, most products perform at identical levels.  Manufacturers are forced to differentiate their products by including useful bundled software, using colored PCBs, enhanced cooling or by offering some other type of "tweak" to sway potential buyers in their direction.

Well, the Gainward Co., renowned for their "Golden Sample" branded video cards, has set out to please the most discriminating power users with their new GeForce Titanium line of products.  They are based on standard reference designs but feature a few enhancements that set them apart from the "crowd"...

Specifications and Features of the Gainward Titanium Series
Titanium Cubed

Features and Benefits of The Gainward GeForce 2 Ti/500 ViVo XP (Golden Sample)

Graphics Chipset
GeForce2 Ti
 
Graphics Core

250MHz, 256-bit 2D/3D GPU
270MHz in Enhanced Mode
 
Memory/Interface

64MB DDR/128-bit wide
 
Memory Clock

400MHz SDR Equivalent
500MHz in Enhanced Mode

Memory Bandwidth
6.4 GB/sec.
 
Fill Rate (texels)

2B/sec.
 
2D/3D resolution (max)
2048 x 1536 @ 75Hz

Video In and Out Module
 
  • 1 Billion Pixel/Second Rendering
  • Second Generation Integrated Transform Lighting (T&L) Engines
  • NVIDIA Shading Rasterizer (NSR)
  • High-Definition Video Processor
  • AGP 4X/2X, AGP Texturing, and Fast Writes Support
  • 32-bit Z/stencil buffer
  • Microsoft® DirectX® and OpenGL® Optimizations and Support
  • Unified Driver Support
  • Features and Benefits of The Gainward GeForce 3 Ti/450 PowerPack (Golden Sample)

    Graphics Chipset
    GeForce3 Ti 200
     
    Graphics Core

    175MHz, 256-bit 2D/3D GPU (Normal)
    200MHz in Enhanced Mode
     
    Memory/Interface

    64MB DDR/128-bit wide
     
    Memory Clock

    400MHz SDR Equivalent (Normal)
    444MHz in Enhanced Mode
     
    Memory Bandwidth

    6.4 GB/sec.
     
    Fill Rate (texels)

    1400M/sec.
     
    2D/3D resolution (max)

    2048 x 1536 @ 75Hz

     
  • Shadow Buffers
  • nfiniteFX® Engine
  • Vertex & Pixel Shaders
  • Lightspeed Memory Architecture
  • High-Resolution Antialiasing (HRAA)
  • High-Definition Video
  • TV / S-Video Out
  • DirectX®8.1 Compatibility.
  • AGP 4X/2X, AGP Texturing Support
  • DirectX and OpenGL Optimizations
  • Unified Driver Support
  • Features and Benefits of The Gainward GeForce 3 Ti/550 PowerPack
     
    Graphics Chipset
    GeForce3 Ti 500
     
    Graphics Core

    240MHz, 256-bit 2D/3D GPU (Normal)
    249MHz in Enhanced Mode
     
    Memory/Interface

    64MB DDR/128-bit wide
     
    Memory Clock

    500MHz SDR Equivalent (Normal)
    544MHz in Enhanced Mode
     
    Memory Bandwidth

    8.0 GB/sec.
     
    Fill Rate (texels)

    1920M/sec.
     
    2D/3D resolution (max)

    2048 x 1536 @ 75Hz
     
  • Shadow Buffers
  • 3D Textures
  • nfiniteFX? Engine
  • Vertex & Pixel Shaders
  • Lightspeed Memory Architecture
  • High-Resolution Antialiasing (HRAA)
  • High-Definition Video Processor
  • VGA / TV / S-Video Out / DVI-I
  • AGP 4X/2X, AGP Texturing Support
  • DirectX and OpenGL Optimizations
  • Unified Driver Support
  • This is one article, where I really hope you all took the time to scan the specifications of all three of the Gainward Titaniums we are looking at today.  Most importantly, take note of the "Enhanced" mode clock speeds.  All of these boards are guaranteed to overclock to the these higher clock speeds right out of the box.

    THE BUNDLES:


    GF2 TI500 BUNDLE


    GF3 TI450 BUNDLE


    GF3 TI550 BUNDLE

    The Gainward GeForce 3 Ti / 450 and Ti / 550 PowerPacks came with the exact same bundles.  Included with the boards were driver CDs, a utility CD containing Adobe ActiveShare, Imagemore, E-Color 3Deep, trial versions of Cyberlink's Medi@show, PowerVCR and VideoLive Mail, and a complete version of Intervideo's WinDVD 3.0. There was also an S-Video to Composite (RCA) video adapter for use with the TV-Out feature.

    The Gainward GeForce 2 Ti / 500 XP ViVo included all of the same items as it's GeForce 3 counterparts plus a copy of Ulead VideoStudio, and a slightly different adapter that provides both composite and S-Video in and out connectors.  The bundles were very complete, the only thing Gainward could have done to make them better would have been to include a good game or two. :)

    Quality, Setup and the Drivers 

    Tags:  EU, Itanium, M Series, ium, ita, Titanium, Titan, IE, AI, AR, NIU

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