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Reviewed: 3D Prophet DDR-DVI
Author: Chris Kim       Date: July 4th, 2000
Page: 8


 
Final Breakdown

Installation:

Installation is just like any other card, remove old drivers, install universal adapter drivers, put the new card in, install new drivers, and start playing games! That is the basic idea of the installation of the videocard, nothing special, nothing unique, and there were no major problems with it either.

Price:

Compared to other GeForce DDR-based boards out there, the 3D Prophet DDR-DVI is right in the middle of road in terms of price. It can be seen around the net for around $250 and that isn't a bad price for a card based on this chipset. Nothing significant that stands out from the rest of the crowd is really offered though.

Drivers:

Almost complete reference drivers are what the 3D Prophet DDR-DVI uses. Also included is a overclocking slider bar for those hardcore moments when you just need every ounce of performance from your videocard. And that was a wise decision because this videocard overclocks extremely well.

Performance:

Since it's based on the GeForce DDR chipset, it is one fast videocard, and its speed is proved by looking at the impressive benchmark numbers. Although compared to other GeForce DDR boards, it's right near the top, the overclockability of this videocard makes it stand out from the rest. Our unit was able to achieve a 160MHz Core and 187.5MHz Memory (370MHz effectively) clock! That is blazing fast for any videocard to achieve and the overclocked results are astounding.

Features:

The inclusion of both a TV and DVI output was a smart choice and these extras don't add a whole lot price to the videocard. Although there are no-frills versions of videocards out there, this package is solid. The heatsink, while a bit skimpy, includes thermal compound for the heat transfer and is quite effective for overclocking.

Overall:

This is a solid implementation of the GeForce DDR chipset with tons of features, good performance, and excellent overclocking. The TV and DVI outputs make it ready for future expansion and the overclockability of the card will make it scale very well on faster machines that require all the performance out of the videocard. Depending on how cheap this videocard is, get it, even if it's a few more dollars than the next GeForce DDR card out there.

Pluses (+)
  • Fast Performance 2D & 3D
  • TV and DVI Output
  • Very Overclockable
  • Minuses (-)
  • Merely Reference Drivers
  • Reference Board Design
  • Small Heatsink (But Doesn't Limit Overclocking)
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    Added:  Tuesday, July 04, 2000
    Reviewer:  Chris Kim
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