Elsa Gladiac Geforce 2 GTS Review!
Posted on: 06/14/2000 11:57 AM

Mitch and Cory over at The House of Stuff got their hands on a beautiful Geforce2 GTS card from Elsa awhile back, and Mitch decided to take an indepth look at the card. They tossed a Matrox G400 and a Geforce 1 (SDR) card into the mix to see how big of a step forward nVidia has made.
At first, I couldn't get the Gladiac (or the ASUS card, either) to run Quake III or 3DMark 2000 without crashing my box under Windows 2000. I tried Elsa's drivers, based on 5.08, nVidia 5.16 and 5.17, and still no good. Then, the official 5.22 drivers came out, and I tried again. Better, but still not very stable. Finally, I was poking around the bp6.com message boards, and saw a post mentioning that starting Quake III, then alt-tabbing out and setting it to Real Time priority made it run stable. And of course the same post reminded me that I could set r_smp to whichever stateI wanted at the same time, like this: "start /realtime quake3.exe +set r_smp 1." Cool. It ran totally stable. Unfortunately, 3DMark craps out when you do this. *shrugs* Oh well. I really only wanted to do some testing with r_smp 1 anyways :)
These Geforce2 GTS cards are certainly fast, and their 2D is nothing to snuff at either apparently. It went head to head with the G400 at high res on Cory's 22" monitor and... won. This is a good review, on a duallie no less! You can check it out here.




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