Elsa Gladiac Ultra

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The Elsa Gladiac Ultra
It sure is fast...but you'll pay for it!

By Marco "BigWop" Chiappetta - November 14, 2000

H.H. Test System

InWin Full Tower ATX Case w/ 300W PS, Pentium III 933EB, Asus CUSL2 (i815) Motherboard and Elsa Gladiac Ultra 64MB AGP Card, 256MB of PC133 True CAS2 SDRAM from Mushkin, IBM 30.7Gig 7200 RPM ATA/100 Hard Drive, Plextor UltraPlex 40max CDROM, WinME, DirectX 7.1, nVidia reference drivers (Detonator 3 6.34)

Benchmarks With The Elsa Gladiac Ultra
More OpenGL...
We also ran Quake 3 Arena's Demo001 to further test the Elsa Gladiac Ultra in OpenGL.  Let's find out how it ran using Quake 3's "Fastest" setting.

Quake 3 Arena (OpenGL)

Over 100FPS at 1600x1200 is amazing.  Quake 3's "Fastest" setting isn't very pretty though.  How does the Gladiac Ultra do at the "Normal" setting?

Does that answer the question?  Again we're seeing some very high numbers.  Time to move on the "High Quality" setting.

Not only did we set Quake 3 set to "High Quality", but we turned Geometry and Texture Detail all the way up.  The performance was excellent, almost hitting the "magic" number of 60FPS at 1600x1200x32.  We also ran this test with our board overclocked.

Overclocking yielded small gains in performance, hovering around 10% at the higher resolutions.

Now for the dilemma.  With blistering performance, excellent stability and great compatibility the Elsa Gladiac Ultra is an amazing product.  How much are you willing to pay for this kind of performance?  The Elsa Gladiac Ultra alone has a suggested retail price of $549. Add in the $39 video module and you're up to $578. This is a hefty price to pay for a video card in a time when 6 months down the road something faster and probably cheaper will be available. If you've got a ton of disposable income you won't be disappointed with the Gladiac Ultra.   However, mainstream users should be very comfortable with a standard GeForce 2, a Voodoo5 or Radeon.  If you've got the money, go for it.  Otherwise we advise waiting for the next generation of 3D accelerators.  We give the Elsa Gladiac Ultra a Hot Hardware Heat Meter Rating of...   

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Tags:  Ultra, ULT, AC, Elsa

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