All of the ‘Cons’ listed below can be considered relatively minor. Seem like a pipe dream? Some people will find FSAA irritating due to the slight blurring that it introduces into the image. The ELSA ‘Gladiac’ video card has been out for awhile, but we had not taken a careful look at it until now. Only memory overclocking had a significant effect on performance, and even then, the performance boost was marginal. I was able to overclock the Gladiac to MHz on the core, and to MHz on the memory without creating visual artifacts.
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No more black screens, no more flashing textures, just good clean 3D acceleration! This time, however, availability is of no concern. However, one area ELSA has historically been weaker in is market presence. Some fladiac will find FSAA irritating due to the slight blurring that it introduces into the image. I installed the newer 5.
The chart below compares results with default settings, and with a core setting of MHz, and the memory set to MHz. Rating, Elsa Gladiac 32MB: The update worked without a hitch, and it fixed the incompatibility with the VT6X4 motherboard.
Let’s go back in time a bit. Only memory overclocking had a significant effect on performance, and even then, the performance boost was marginal. I think for most people, it will be a toss-up whether you prefer x with 32 bit color and no FSAA, or x with 16 bit color and mid-level FSAA. Image quality was very good at the middle setting, but slight gladiqc was evident.
All three know that if a new, better product is due out in a few months the consumer is more likely to wait, hurting sales in all three departments. This market presence will only continue to spread with time, as on the 4th of May all Fry’s Electronics stores should carry the card and soon to follow are distributors, meaning that Egghead. Getting a GeForce based card is next to impossible, causing you to throw in the towel.
All of the ‘Cons’ listed below can be considered relatively minor. Seem like a pipe dream? Texture and Lighting Engine: To get some basic numbers, I tested the Gladiac in three systems, with and without overclocking.
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V-sync off, sound disabled, geometry and detail set to maximum, lightmap, demo If you have a very large monitor, like 21″, and you expect to run your Gladiac at high resolutions like xthen you will want the 64MB model. In tests with the Celeron-2, the CPU is obviously the rate limiting factor in performance, since changing the resolution and color depth had little effect on Direct 3D performance.
I used Coolbits, built-into the Detonator drivers, to do the overclocking. The next thing I wanted to check was if the PIII optimizations would fare better with a higher clock speed. But at higher resolutions and 32 bit color, the Gladiac starts to become the limiting factor, and you can see the performance differences between test systems become much smaller.
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In an effort to help you, the consumer, decide if you should go to your local computer glaxiac and buy one of these screaming fast video cards, we are going to take a look and see how the GLADIAC performs, overclocks and rates overall.
I was able to overclock the Gladiac to MHz on the core, and to MHz on the memory without creating glafiac artifacts. At higher resolutions and color depths, the performance difference between the two 3D-boosting methods glwdiac greatly reduced, as the GeForce’s fill rate becomes the bottleneck. As NVidia continues to further implement things like improved FSAA support, and level of detail bias controls in their driver set, there are less and less reasons for recommending a Voodoo5 card.
But for folks with 19″ or smaller monitors, the 32MB model should be fine. Not only is the new and impressive GPU not so new and impressive any more, but there are only a few months left before the next generation GPU comes out.
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I would have liked to see a slightly larger heat sink to go with the fan, but since core overclocking on GTS cards does not increase performance, it was not a big problem. Four months later, in January ofthe problem continues to exist.
I ran these tests with and without overclocking, and compared the results. Setting FSAA to ‘full’ did not improve image quality over the middle setting to my eye.