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Reviewed: Annihilator Pro
Author: Kyle Maulden       Date: December 29th 1999
Page: 4

Creative's drivers were fairly nice. As normal for consumer cards from big brands, there is a small Creative icon placed in your taskbar, which gives you easy access to resolution changes, the Creative Control Panel, Display Properties, etc. The Creative Control Panel gives you normal features as well, such as the Direct3D options, mip-mapping level, you know the show. They also included a utility to change the clock speed of the memory from it's default 300Mhz. After playing around this utility a bit, I managed to overclock the memory to a max of 325Mhz, anything higher would render a system crash when I loaded up Quake. This increase in speed made almost no difference in performance what-so-ever, as Creative doesn't include a utility to overclock the core speed unfortunately. But for this there's always Powerstrip, right?

Installing the Annihilator went as planned. After removing my old TNT2 drivers from my system, (turning it into a Standard VGA Adapter) I slid in the Annihilator Pro, booted up, told it where to find the drivers, and all was well. I did come across one major problem when installing the card, that I didn't realize until after I had purchased it, which I'll talk more about on a later page.

The 350Mhz RAMDAC in the Annihilator Pro allows it to perform a number every resolution you could wish for, including ones for wide screen monitors, such as 1600x960, and other disproportionate resolutions. The Annihilator Pro comes with a fairly attractive bundle, to show off it's fancy performance and graphics. Included is InterVideo's WinDVD, E-Color Colorific and 3D Deep for tweaking your monitors gamma/color settings, Evolva: Scout (special edition), Need for Speed 4, and Dagoth Moor Zoological Gardens. It would have been nice for Creative to include a new, more popular game that takes advantage of hardware T&L such as Infogrames' Test Drive 6, or perhaps a Messiah demo (although you can download Messiah system test version), this shouldn't really be counted against them.

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Added:  Wednesday, December 29, 1999
Reviewer:  Kyle Maulden
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