I purchased my Creative Labs GeForce 2 GTS about 18 months ago. And it still out performs the majority of video cards on the current market *cough* Radeon Sucks *cough*. Performance is brilliant. Out of the box the Creative GeFroce 2 GTS is a pretty average card, but with a little time and effort you can transform it into a beast. I get about 90+ fps in Quake 3 Fortress/Arena consistently at 1024x768 resolution, I very rarely get slow downs. Overall this is a very good card if you are looking for an upgrade from an existing GeForce 256 or GF 2 MX. Well worth the money. Plus the Creative Tech Support is VERY good! and the general web community is good too. You will never fail to find someone that is willing to give you advice on tweaking your GeForce! If you do plan on buying one of these suckers make sure you have at least AGP 2x on your motherboard otherwise it just isnt worth it. the only game that I found a problem with was Deus Ex. But that happens with all GeForce chips. Enjoy :D Oh yeah, and if you do buy one of these, be sure to visit my website for a tweaking guide www.tedloon.com ! Go now !
The Ge-Force 3d graphics cards are the best for any gamer. These ranges of card are the fastest available and will out perform any currently available on the market including the Voodoo 5 series. The main reason that these graphics are currently the best are: 1: Many have the faster and larger, normally 32mb DDR, which stands for Double Density RAM (Random Access Memory) so that more 3D information can be kept within the card. 2. Fast clock speeds meaning that more information can be processed at high speeds keeping the graphical frame rate high 3:-The Ge Force graphic cards have a separate 3D Processor contained on the card, easing the pressure on your PC processor, so that it can handle other things. The best Ge-Force has to be the Ge Force GTS that is extremely fast but expensive, and cost set you back £300. The GeForce cards for the true gamer.
Is this new GeForce 2 the best card you can get for your money? Some would automaticaly say yes. Its a Geforce2 GTS and this cards by creative. Others would say no. They would either go for the new ATI Radeon or the Voddoo 4 or 5. These cards may be good but are they as good as the GeForce 2? My honest answer would have to be no. The GeForce 2 is a wonderful card. It gives you the best frame rates and is the best card on the market. Other cards maybe cheaper to buy but, if you;ve got the money go for a GeForce2
Theres no doubting that this is one hell of a quick card. It is on a par just about with what in my opinion is the best buy graphics card of the moment, the ATI Radeon. In the benchmarks i've seen, the Radeon nicks it in some areas and the GeForce 2 nicks it in other areas, however the Radeon is a lot cheaper and therefore in my opinion nicks it overall, despite both being the same for speed. You can get several variations of the GeForce 2 at the moment. Theres a 32 Mb AGP, 64 Mb AGP and probably the most controversial of all, the 32 Mb AGP GeForce 2 MX. This is a cut down version of the GeForce 2 and can be picked up for around £110-00. This is a good price for a card offering things like DDR and performance in between a GeForce 256 DDR and a GeForce 2 GTS. If you are looking for a quick card at the moment and money is no object then you will undoubtably look no further than the GeForce 2 or the ATI Radeon. I can find very little difference in performance between the two although the Radeon is a bit cheaper. Im afraid its upto you to decide which to go for although despite the many many qualities the GeForce 2 chipset has to offer, at the top end i'd go for a Radeon. However if I was looking for a top card on a budget then i'd definitely go for the GeForce 2 MX 32 Mb DDR.
The Geforce 2 is a monster of a card and the FPS will be matched by no other at the moment. It is however currently wasting some of its capability. The memory bandwidth is not enough to cope with the top speed of the card. This means that the peak fill rate can't be achieved if the textures are retrieved from the memory. You will not notice the difference in today’s games and maybe not in the next gen games, but its something that Nvidia has improved in the Geforce 2 Ultra version. The memory speed has to be increased faster than 6ns which would cost them a fortune at the moment, hence the cost of the Geforce 2 Ultra. It has all the other features that you would expect from the Nvidia GPU such as Hardware T&L. The core has been known to clock to 250Mhz which is blistering speed for a video card. However Not all cards reach this kind of speed it depends on the quality of the individual chips. The Creative Annihilator is not always the best for overclocking video cards. Asus sometimes have good overclocking cards but I have not used their version of the Geforce 2. Looking at Benchmarks in various sites it seems that overclocking the core speed does not make that much difference to game play FPS, this is due to the fact that the memory is the bottle neck, to get more FPS (should you really need it) you need to have a go at overclocking the memory, this gives you more memory bandwidth to keep up with the speedy GPU, all in all more fps more power, but watch for the stability, slight jerks and program lockups very much hint at the fact that your card is under stress. Its highly recommended that you drop the speed of the card if this happens. Its also highly recommended that you have plenty of cooling on the card and that your case is well ventilated, you don’t want to have to pay a few hundred dollars for a video card and then fry it now do you For the Hardcore gamer, this is a must, there are others that are close
the Voodoo 5 5500 shows promise but still has a few features less that Nvidia's offering, and the Radeon by ATI has taken the market by storm. True speed comes from the Ultra version though with DDR memory at @460Mhz If your happy at the moment then wait until the prices come down and see what’s on offer, you may see a price war soon which will be good for the consumer.
I am an avid gamer, so graphics are very important to me, as the higher your FPS (frames per second), the higher the chance of being able to frag, bag and tag. After buying my brand new PC from Dell, I was very happy, except the included video card wasn't impressive at all. So, after putting up with it for over 12 months, I went out and bought a GeForce... I plugged it in, and after easy installation I was gaming away online. The graphics were absolutely stunning! I was amazed at how incredibly detailed the Half-Life world can be with a good graphics backbone behind it. But, being a power-hungry freak like I am, I needed more speed... I zipped off to the Nvidia website (the maker of the GeForce chipset) and downloaded the latest drivers for my new baby, while my previous card was gathering dust in my old components cupboard, thinking of the good time it had in my computer... The drivers installed fine, but I was warned before the download that there was no technical support available for the drivers, so I was on my own if they went wrong. This will deterr new computer users from downloading them, but believe me the make a difference. I now had the ability to overclock the processor of the GeForce (to a maximum of 150MHz Core Memory Speed and 210MHz clcok frequency), making the computer think it is faster than it really is, which gives a speed increase, but can cause the processor to overheat. Under no circumstances should you overclock to the maximum, as if something goes wrong, don't expect the retailer to give you your money back in a hurry. The software includes testing for the overclocked speed, to prevent you causing harm to your new card. The only reason I overclocked it is because I had previously purchased a rather large internal fan... So with my newly updated and overclocked card, I went back to online fragging. My FPS increased by 30 frames or so and I was in gaming heaven! I would recommend this card t
o any avid gamer out there. You will not believe how much power you can get out of this card. However, there is no video output socket on the card and it is hard on the wallet. It is available both in AGP and PCI port types, with AGP being the faster of the two, and the more preferable. Buy this card now!