say the video card market is saturated with
GeForce 2 powered video cards right now would be
With nVidia being the last of the major
chip vendors, they are the only real option for
companies like Elsa, Creative Labs and others if
they want to compete in the hot 3D card arena.
With multiple companies trying to compete
against each other with essentially the same
product, deciding which one to spend your hard
earned money on is tough.
we?re taking a look at Elsa?s offering in the
64MB GeForce market, the Gladiac 64.
This isn?t one of the hot new GeForce 2
Ultras that are about to hit the market, but it is
definitely not a slouch in the performance
the performance of the card is its only defining
factor. You won?t find too
many ?bells and whistles? here?
Of The Elsa Gladiac 64MB DDR
a reference design, but who cares?!?
GeForce2 GTS GPU
- AGP 4X
with Fast Writes
color ARGB with destination alpha
environment mapping and Anisotropic
Direct3D and OpenGL acceleration
DirectX 7, DirectX 6 and DirectX 5
support for DirectDraw
color space conversion (YUV 4:2:2 and
horizontal by 3-tap vertical filtering
upscaling and downscaling
video windows with hardware color space
conversion and filtering
sub-picture alpha blended compositing
acceleration for DirectShow, MPEG-1,
Cycle: 350 MHz
32MB or 64MB DDR RAM
Systems: AGP 2x/4x (including fast
writes and execute mode) or PCI
DPMS, DDC2B, Plug & Play
Video Module: 1x Video-In & 1x
- BIOS: VESA
BIOS 3.0 support
Support: DirectX 6, DirectX 7, OpenGL
Interface Clock: 200MHz/166MHz
SYNC Signals: 31.5Hz - 108.5Hz
Refresh Rate: 60Hz - 200Hz
specification list reads like any other GeForce 2
based reference design but there?s got to be
something to make this card stand out, right?
There sure is! We?ll get to that a
memory that came installed on the Gladiac 64 is
some high quality Hyundai 6NS DDR RAM.
the amount of memory, you?ll also notice that
64MB GeForce 2?s come equipped with DDR SDRAM as
opposed to the SGRAM installed on just about all
SGRAM offers slightly higher performance at
similar clock speeds to SDRAM, so in some
situations the 32MB GeForce 2s will actually
outperform their 64MB counterparts.
64MB SGRAM variations would be ideal but at
the present time it is cost prohibitive.