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Absolute Multimedia Outrageous GeForce2 GTS

The Board
  • Second Generation Transform and Lighting Engines
  • NVIDIA Shading Rasterizer (NSR)
  • High-Performance Hardware Anti-Aliasing
  • Support AGP 4X/2X, AGP Texturing and Fast Writes
  • 32-bit Color
  • 32-bit Z/Stencil Buffer
  • Microsoft® DirectX® 7 and OpenGL® Optimizations and Support


(+,-) $275 USD

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There is one thing that has become very apparent lately. The development of video cards has surpassed the development of new processors. While we see new processors about every year, nVidia is treating us to six-month product cycles. When the original GeForce card debuted we were treated to amazing quality improvements with a claim of having little discernable hit in overall game performance. One thing that become immediately obvious was that the original GeForce cards could not have all the eye-candy effects enabled in a game like Quake III. While the GeForce core could certainly run quick, it could not run quick and produce all its possible visual improvements. Along the way nVidia added DDR (double data rate) memory to the GeForce to improve its performance. So here we are a few months down the path and now the GeForce2 GTS cards have hit the market. With them comes the promise of improved gaming performance due to a higher core clock and large increase in memory performance. Add to that the fact that more of the 3D processing has been moved off the CPU with this chip and added to the work that the video card is doing.

While moving more and more 3D work onto the video chip may seem like a hard way to gain performance, nVidia has shown that this is indeed a great way to get much higher 3D performance. With the CPU running fewer instructions, there is a benefit equivalent to adding a higher performing CPU along with a video card with the GeForce GTS cards. Add the fact that nVidia is claiming a three-time performance improvement over the original GeForce cards and suddenly they become very appealing. Absolute Multimedia was kind enough to send their Outrageous GeForce2 GTS card for evaluation. I believe that the results are rather impressive and definitely would warrant your attention if you are in the market for a new video card.


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