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Creative Labs 3D Blaster Annihilator review
Posted by Adam Klein on November 29, 1999
Company: Creative Labs     Product: 3D Blaster Annihilator

Creative Labs has been known to put their graphics boards out to the market first when using new chip technology. This is good for them since the people who crave for speed always want to get a board based on this new technology. Such a person as me.

I can remember wanting to get a Voodoo 3 board as soon as possible when I heard they were about to be released, but the only manufacturer to choose from was STB (3dfx itself).

NVIDIA didn’t take the same route as S3 or 3dfx did by buying their own board manufacturing plants for their GeForce chips. Instead they did they same thing they have done with their Riva 128, TNT and TNT2 chips by letting others make the boards for them. I think this is a smart part on NVIDIA’s part because it lets others advertise and market the boards featuring the chips.

Creative Labs is one of the few companies sporting the new GeForce chip. The Creative Labs Annihilator is a standard plain SDRAM based GeForce however that doesn't mean it won't perform well, and I think you know what I mean.

The only thing that made me buy this board instead of any other board is because it was out on the market, in limited supply, before any of the others. Anyway, most of the board manufacturers are using NVIDIA’s reference design so all of them should be performing very similarly.

For sure, there are a couple of manufacturers that have decided to go with their own design, however at the time they haven’t proved to have a faster or better card by going on this direction, maybe they just wanted to cut costs by making the PCB considerably smaller, the ELSA Erazor X would be an example of this.

I think most of you know what to expect from a GeForce based card so we won't bother explaining much of the Transformation & Lightning or Cube environment mapping features but instead we will give you the facts and impressions we got about this board.


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