Gainward's "Golden Sample"
branded cards have been known to be some of the best
overclocking cards on the market, and these three were not
Across the board we saw gains
of a few hundred points when we overclocked the cards.
We were able to hit a stable core and memory speed of
270MHz. / 573MHz. with the GF3 Ti / 550, 224MHz. / 458MHz.
with the GF3 Ti / 450 and the GF2 Ti / 500 hit an awesome
288MHz. / 518MHz. Overclockers of the world will not
be disappointed with the Gainward line of Titanium cards.
I shudder to think of what the Gainward GeForce 3 Ti / 550
will do when coupled with a heavily overclocked Athlon XP
2000+ or a 2.0GHz+ P4!
The GeForce 2 Ti/500
XP Golden Sample
We are going to
rate each of these boards individually, taking their
target market into consideration. Although the Gainward GeForce 2 Ti / 500 was the "low-end" card in this
review, it should by no means be overlooked. Its a
high performing product with Video-In and Video-Out
capabilities, a good software bundle and coming in it at just
under $130 on Pricewatch, it's not very expensive at
all. The GeForce 2 Ti may be lacking some of the
more advanced features of the GeForce 3 GPUs, but if
you're running DirectX 7, or some other "older" games it's
a great choice. Dollar for dollar, its one of the most powerful cards
you can buy. We give the Gainward GeForce 2 Ti /
500 a HotHardware Heat Meter Rating of...
The GeForce 3 Ti/450
PowerPack Golden Sample
"mainstream" card in the group, the Gainward GeForce 3 Ti
/ 450, also succeeds at catering to it's target market
perfectly. While you can overclock any card to a
certain extent, Gainward guarantees a certain level of
overclocked performance for the same price as any other
GeForce 3 Ti / 200 (around $160 with TV-Out). The
quality and performance is top-notch and should provide
acceptable gaming performance for quite some time, for a
very reasonable investment. We give the Gainward
GeForce 3 Ti / 450 a HotHardware Heat Meter rating of...
The GeForce 3 Ti/550
Lastly we come to the pinnacle
of Gainward's consumer level video cards, the GeForce 3 Ti
/ 550. If you're looking for a pure gaming card, you
can make no better choice than the Gainward GeForce 3 Ti /
550. Like the Ti / 450, Gainward offers a card that
is guaranteed to overclock to a certain level, at the same
price point as competing products (around $320).
Until proven otherwise, I'll be recommending the Gainward
GeForce 3 Ti / 550 to anyone who asks me for input on what high-performance gaming
card they should buy. In addition, this card
has found a new home in this reviewer's personal gaming
rig. We give the Gainward GeForce 3 Ti / 550 a rare
Editor's Choice award and a perfect HotHardware Heat meter
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