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    Elsa Gladiac GeForce 2 GTS 64MB Review
    October 9th, 2000
    Introduction

    It's hard to believe the GeForce2 chipset is almost an year old, only seemed as though it came out just yesterday amid a cloud of destruction in store for 3dfx. I don't think many people will argue that so far the GeForce chipset is far superior to it's current crop of competitors and that it offers features that will be hopefully become standard in the near future. Most gamers currently are running either a GeForce or a GeForce2 board in their systems (according to polling) and most are pretty happy with it. Who wouldn't be? Aside from a few driver bugs, Nvidia is notorious for updating drivers like a madman and addressing potential problems and with millions of other people who share your type of board, support is limitless on the Internet. Of course, 3dfx's Voodoo5 5500 is a good match for the GeForces are high resolutions but it cannot compete when it comes to raw framerate without regard for quality. I don't even want to start on the Voodoo5 6000 to avoid potential 3dfx vs. Nvidia debates =).

    A Gamer's Card

    As we continue our streak of GeForce reviews, we are committed to not writing the same things twice so this review may be shorter than most of mine to avoid me having to repeat myself. What qualities lie in the GF2? There are qualities that the GF2 possesses that is aimed towards gamers only. Take their approach to 2D quality. While the 2D quality of the Gladiac 64 is impressive, they could have easily made it better but why make it better when it's good enough? To cut costs, besides, what gamer also does CAD and high res editing anyway? More than they think. Also, DVD decoding. Many gamers are now taking their run at DVD's, watching them while they surf the web, do homework, etc… the GeForce2 chipset includes a motion compensation engine but it is far inferior to the one in ATI and Matrox cards. Again, probably to cut costs while underestimating the need for them for gamers. There are many more additions to this list that would, if added, make the GF2 a perfect chipset (as perfect as they get at this time) but then you would have to end up with a $600 board that you will probably not even consider buying rather than a $320 one that seems more in reach. Where am I going with this? The GF2 cards are for gaming and that's what they were bred for, not for quality, not for excellence in other areas but for gaming. Pure and simple and that's where it will keep going until the GeForceXX.

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    Author: Chris Oh
    Company: Elsa
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