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The Gainward Titanium Series Line-up
Pure Performance

By - Marco Chiappetta
January 3, 2002 

We ran all of the benchmarks in this review with all three of the Gainward GeForce Titanium cards set to their "Enhanced" settings, so technically they were already overclocked.  There is always a little headroom though!  We pushed all three of the cards a bit further and ran 3D Mark 2001's default benchmark again.

Overclocking with the Gainward Titanium Series.
Pushing Hardware to its Limits!

 
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 different. 

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

The "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 PowerPack

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 rating of...

 

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