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Creative 3D Blaster Annihilator Pro review
Posted by Adam Klein on March 14, 2000
Company: Creative Labs     Product: 3D Blaster Annihilator

A couple months ago I was able to review the Creative Labs Annihilator. What I have now before me is the Creative Labs Annihilator Pro though. What makes the two different you say (if you don’t know)? The Annihilator Pro uses DDR SGRAM memory. This memory runs at a clock speed of 150MHz, but with DDR (double data rate), the RAM runs at 300MHz.

The DDR uses both the falling and rising edges of a clock cycle. While you may see some of the SDR (single data rate) boards from various makers stand out from each other in benchmarking; most DDR boards perform the same. This is most likely due to some board makers opting for SGRAM and less lengthy RAM timings for their SDRAM.

DDR boards are a little bit harder to deviate from the reference board design Nvidia uses due to the above-mentioned DDR memory. The Creative Labs Annihilator Pro seems to have followed the Nvidia reference design by the book.

The good thing you get with Creative’s products is the great software support. One such software release was their AGP Wizard program. This handy program actually allows you to enable/disable sidebanding, enable/disable fastwrites and can allow you to change the AGP speed. They do this to make their products stand out from the rest of the crowd. The hardware may not be anything special, but the software support sure is.

I’ve been using my Creative Labs Annihilator Pro for almost three months now. I purchased it back in December and only decided to write this review now. With three months, I have had a lot of experience with this card. I have used many Creative Labs products in the past. They are widely available, first to be released in the stores and come with a decent price.

In the future, you can bet that Creative Labs will be one of the first cards available with the next generation Nvidia chip on it. With STB bought by 3dfx and Diamond bought by S3, that leaves the selection a little slimmer. There is little doubt that Creative Labs may be the biggest makers of video boards based on NVIDIA’s chips.

NVIDIA’s graphics chips are becoming increasingly popular lately. I remember, back in the day, when it was 3Dfx and Rendition (remember them?). Now, three to four years later, Nvidia appears to be on top of things in the graphics industry.

 


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