3D Blaster Annihilator Pro review
Klein on March 14, 2000
Labs Product: 3D
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
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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