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

By Dave "Davo" Altavilla
6/4/00

Our Test System
i820 and BX chipset based - Some of the old and new

Full Tower ATX Case w/ 300W PS, Pentium III 866EB,  Pentium III 600E, Soyo SY-6ICA i820 Motherboard and 128MB of  800MHz (400MHz. DDR) RDRAM, Soyo SY-6BA+IV and 128MB of PC133 SRAM, WD Expert AC418000 7200 RPM ATA66 Hard Drive, Kenwood 72X CDROM, NVidia GeForce Reference Drivers Version 5.22, Elsa Drivers v4.12.01.0202-0060, Win 98SE, DirectX 7.0a

 

Benching the Gladiac
The fastest frame rates money can buy right now, except for FSAA

Now that you've seen the Direct 3D and Digital Video performance of the Gladiac, let's see what impact FSAA has on the card in Quake3 Arena.  Again, personally I would love to be able to show scores in a wider variety of actual game play but no game on the market today even comes close to Quake 3 on measuring OpenGL performance with repeatability and accuracy.

Again, with the exception of 640X480 resolution, in 32 bit color, the GeForce2 GTS is not "playable".  If you are willing to drop back to 16 bit mode, things are pretty smooth even at 1024X768.  We have heard reports of the ability to scale back to different levels of FSAA in OpenGL with the GeForce2.  However, the neither the NVidia reference drivers nor the Elsa drivers support this out of the box for the end user.  Again, the hardware definitely has the power, NVidia needs to improve on the software side of things for FSAA to really perform the way it should. 

Let's turn up the frame rates a bit and turn off FSAA.  Here again, we are testing on the P3-866 with Max Texture resolution.

In a word, WOW.  There is no question that the GeForce2 GTS is the frame rate leader in the market today.  The Gladiac shows strong scores across the board. 

So, let's see what a little overclocking can do for the numbers.

Perfectly stable throughout all of our tests, the Gladiac posted over 85 frames per second at 1024X768 in 32 bit color.  You just can't beat that with technology that is on the market today.  Very nice indeed.

So what impact will this have on our FSAA numbers?  Let's have a look.

Still not quite there yet but getting closer.  The 1024X768 16 bit color frame rate is darn good and looked pretty snazzy as well.


Finally, many of you folks out there are probably not running a system with a 866MHz. Pentium and RAMBUS memory.  So here is a look at performance numbers NOT overclocked on our P3-600 BX chipset test bed.

Once again, these are the fastest scores in Quake 3, we have ever produced on a Pentium 3 at 600MHz.  If you are still using a TNT2 or Voodoo 2, upgrading to a Gladiac will provide better performance improvements than even a 200+ MHz. processor upgrade would yield.  We have no compaints, with respect to these scores on our mainstream test setup.

 

The NVidia GeForce2 GTS powered Elsa Gladiac showed up, here at Hot Hardware, ready to play.  We were very impressed by the raw horsepower of this card and the quality with which it was built.  We can say with confidence that the stability and compatibility with the Gladiac is excellent as well as the potential for even better performance with its overclocking prowess.  On the downside, although FSAA is being marketed as a feature, the NVidia approach is not fully mature yet, at least in our eyes.

We have seen the Gladiac retail on line for around $325.  It seems as if all of the latest rounds of graphics cards are being released in this $300-ish price bracket.  Comparatively, the Gladiac delivers good bang for your buck.  It just depends on what your budget may allow for a new graphics card.  With memory prices going up along with the density that is available on these cards, higher prices were inevitable by comparison to cards of yesterday with 16MB of slower SDRAM.

All things considered, the Elsa Gladiac is a top end performer that will provide a significant improvement in your overall gaming and multi-media experience.  As we noted, you can't buy faster overall frame rates right now.  With that in mind, we tip our hats to Elsa and NVidia for a providing such an impressive combination. 

 
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Tags:  GeForce, DDR, RAM, SD, DRAM, SDRAM, GTS, GeForce2, force, GT, AC, AM, Elsa

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