Quality & Setup of the
Elsa Gladiac 920 Video Card Continued...
Installation of the Elsa Gladiac
920 was as easy as could be expected. We started with
a fresh install of Windows ME and installed the drivers. The drivers included with the
Gladiac 920 were the standard reference 12.41 Detonators, since there were no extra features added to these drivers,
we opted to use the latest 21.81 Detonators instead.
Here you can see the 21.81's in
all their glory. Not much out of the ordinary
here, the benefits are diplayed in the performance gains
over previous driver versions. So let's move on to some Anti-Aliasing action...
DirectX 8 and Quincunx AA Screenshots
One of the things we like to do
from time to time is to show the differences in quality
between the different Anti-Aliasing settings. Below
are several screenshots from
"Giants - Citizen Kabuto"
to demonstrate the variance in quality with each setting.
Giants is certainly one of the
nicest looking games around. The scenery is stunning,
particularly with AA set at either Quincunx or 4X.
Now we'll move on to some
overclocking before we start running the benchmarks...
Elsa Gladiac 920 GeForce 3 Video Card
Taking it to the
Using the coolbits registry tweak, we were able to raise the core speed from the default 200MHz. to an
impressive 245MHz. The DDR-RAM shipped at a default 460MHz. which we were
able to push to an equally impressive 555MHz. Overall, we were looking at
a performance increase of over 20%. This may not be the highest we've overclocked a GeForce 3 but these gains are very respectable
surpassing the default clock speeds of the new Ti 500's. One thing we must
note however, is that the thermal interface material used was in fact Artic
Silver compound, since the thermal pad that Elsa applied at the factory, was
essentially destroyed, when we went to inspect the junction area between the GPU
and the sink.