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Visiontek Xtasy 6964 GeForce3 Ti500 review

Earlier this year, NVIDIA unveiled the GeForce 3 Graphics Processor, which can be considered their second most ambitious project ever, the first being the nForce.

The cards based on this chip have been available for several months now from a very wide selection of manufacturers; nevertheless it has not become a mainstream product due to its relatively high price. Until recently GeForce 3 ‘vanilla’ cards were being sold in the $300-350 price range

But of course, also until recently these cards had been untouched in a manner that no other chip maker had a product to compete directly with it. ATI has now released the Radeon 7500 & 8500 boards, the latter offering similar next-generation & DirectX 8 features that were only available on the GeForce 3. Where ATI has put more pressure over NVIDIA though is the price/performance value, where the new ATI line-up shines (supposedly).

The way NVIDIA has divided their new Titanium product line is nothing new to us, and shouldn’t be to you either. If you have been following their products long enough you will notice they have done this several times before with their TNT2s & GeForce’s 2 (M64, Vanta, MX, Pro, Ultra) and if you look at today’s market, results haven’t gone any bad at all for them.

Here are some quick specs of the new GeForce 3 Titanium family:

GeForce3 Ti 500         Graphics Core:
                                       Memory Interface:
                                       Fill Rate
                                       Operations per Second:
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GeForce3                     Graphics Core:
                                       Memory Interface:
                                       Fill Rate
                                       Operations per Second:
                                       Memory Bandwidth:


GeForce3 Ti 200         Graphics Core:
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                                       Fill Rate
                                       Operations per Second:
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256-bit
128-bit DDR
3.84 Billion AA Samples/Sec.
960 Billion
8.0GB/Sec.


256-bit
128-bit DDR
3.2 Billion AA Samples/Sec.
800 Billion
7.36GB/Sec.


256-bit
128-bit DDR
2.8 Billion AA Samples/Sec.
700 Billion
6.4GB/Sec.

Visiontek was kind enough to send their whole line-up of Titanium based products for testing. The first I’ll put to the test is the Xtasy 6964 based on the GeForce 3 Ti500 chip, the fastest of the gang.

Visiontek’s reputation has grown considerably over the past year or so, they have gone through a transition process from an OEM manufacturer/distributor to a complete retail competitor. According to the information I have, they used to make boards for other big companies such as ELSA, now that they have moved into the retail market however their cards are being shipped on flashy boxes with fancy graphics, quite an advance from what we used to see in their previous products.

It’s also a remarkable thing that they are the first company with Ti cards on store shelves. In fact, at the time we were writing this, no other manufacturer had their Ti based products ready yet. The main reason for this is that Visiontek helped NVIDIA with the manufacturing of beta test boards, giving them advantage and extra time to have their cards on shelves first.

 



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