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      10.04.2001 21:25

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      I bought this card to replace my 2D only card. I used this card for over a year before upgrading. If you search hard enought, you can pick this card quite cheap second hand. If you want a card that works, get this. I never had any problems with this card. The drivers are mature and the speed it quite good considering that this card has been replaced with cards like the TNT2 and Geforce. Picture sharpness up to 1024x768 is good. I don't know what it is like at higher resolutions because my monitor cannot take it.If you have a Duron, Athlon or Pentium III, and are not concerned with having maximum FPS (ie. Quake), and you want a card that is cheap and good value for money, then get this. I have used this card on a K6-200, Pentium 133, Celeron and K6-2 PC. In all cases, it has work flawlessly. Need i say more?

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      11.11.2000 02:13
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      This is a video card that was based on Nvidia's reasonably popular TNT 2 chipset. I personally never reall rated the chipset but I do know people who thought it was quite respectable in it's time. The M64 version that I am talking about here was and still is available in 16 Mb and 32 Mb versions. The M64 after the name means that its a cut down version so a TNT 2 M64 is cut down on the original TNT 2 chipset. It still does a respectable job in most applications but im afraid that todays latest games are a bit too much for it so if you buy one of these cards then don't expect miracles from it. Despite all this theres no need to slate the card too much because you can get them for around £55-00 nowadays and when you see that it is still quite capable of running games like Half Life fine then theres a fair old number of systems that this card will do some sterling service in. However if you've got anything beyond an AMD K6-2 processor then im afraid that this card will hold back the processor and will leave the CPU hanging around twiddling it's thumbs waiting for things to do. Overall a nice little card similar to S3's Savage 4 chipset that will do a great job in older systems but not in todays heavy demanding games im afraid. The perfect upgrade for a system with a Voodoo 2 or Banshee card and the PCI version will make a particularly good upgrade for a motherboard whose AGP slot is taken up by onboard graphics.

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      03.10.2000 02:27
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      I have had this graphics card for 2 years now and I trust it to bits! Creative aren’t really graphics card people but they sure did an excellent job on this card. This card is not "out of date" at all. Don’t be fooled that the more memory you have on a graphics card the better it is, ok ok 4mb is not enough but 32MB is way too much!! 16 MB is fine and this graphics card uses it best. If you have an old graphics card and are looking for a cheap new one then this is the one!! It has 16MB of memory which is fine for todays and tomorrows software. Games like this graphics card as it is good at using DirectX and Direct3D! I have to tell you that if you do decide to get this graphics card then install the NVidia Detonator Drivers, Creative are very bad at these graphics drivers, I only have Creative Nvidia Graphics cards in all 5 of my machines so I should know! The Nvidia Chip is really something, unfortunately I can’t tell you how good it is as I need diagrams to explain further but its fast and reliable. There are some fantastic websites out there devoted to the Riva TNT as it is a truly excellent Graphics cards!! www.riva128.com www.rivaextreme.com planetriva.com and hundreds more!! The price of this graphics card is amazing if you don’t buy it from a major retailer such as Dixons, try and buy it from Special Reserve and if they are expensive then buy from me (not second hand, new!!) as a last resort.

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        23.09.2000 03:42
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        Using the Riva TNT chipset, this graphic card is one of the first to utilise the power of this chipset and it has since provide excellent rivalry to the famous Voodoo graphic cards. It is fully compatible with the standard DirectX 6 as well as the OpenGL. It has also scored excellent benchmarking results. On the overall, it is a definite best graphic card to use in your PC. It works well even when playing intensive graphics game and the images are smooth and top quality. However, the only disadvantage is that the standard 16MB video RAM cannot be upgradeable. But Creative Labs has manufactured the latest graphic cards using the Riva TNT2 chipset with 32MB memory. This is one of the graphic card that you will never regret buying. Excellent for games.

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        02.07.2000 06:48
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        I’ve had my Creative Labs 16MB AGP video card for about eight months. There are problems – There are lots of problems – BUT get it set up okay and with the right combination then it really is a darn good card. I know lots of people that have a TNT AGP and have had, like, no problems with it. And some that never got it to work. I think the problems occur mainly with the combination of hardware and software and mainly just compatibility issues that let it down. You can achieve high frame rates and decent benchmark scores with this card once it’s up and working well and there are constantly new driver updates from NVIDEA (who supply the main chips) and Creative who did the card. There are many many newsgroups and forums and discussion groups as well as support pages out there and BELIEVE ME if you have a problem with this card then that is the place to go. Nowadays the TNT is a bit old and there are wonderful new cards out for less than the price I paid for mine BUT at the time, and looking at some of the cards that were out then, I think I could've done a lot worse.

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