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Reviewed: Elsa Erazor 3 with Revelator Glasses
Manufacturer: Elsa
Product Type: Video Card
Price: $150
Overall Rating:
Provided By: Elsa
Author: Jeff Ruhnow       Date: October 11th 1999
Page: 4
 

Ratings

Installation:

This ran pretty smoothly.  All i had to do was pop the card into my AGP slot, start windows and insert the drivers CD.  I was able to successfully install this card without consulting the instruction manual, however, if you choose to purchase and install yourself, I recommend following the install instructions that come with the card. I did although try the card on another machine, and it refused to run. After a call to Elsa's technical support I found out that the Erazor III wouldn't share an IRQ with another device. After playing around with IRQ settings, the tech guy told me the only solution would be to uninstall all the expansion cards in that machine, install the Erazor, then reinstall all the cards, hoping one doesn't decide to share the Erazor's IRQ.

Performance/Features:

The Erazor 3 features the TNT2 chipset, and 32megs of ram.  The utilities that come with it are helpful, and allow the card to be fully customizable.  the Erazor has 100% hardware triangle setup, single pass multi texturing, and non-square texture support.  Using Winbench99 I was able to get high test ratings and framerates in Quake 2 and 3 were both excellent (see page 2). 

Price:

The overall performance of the Erazor is above average, but for around $150 you could probably find a better deal on a card with the same chipset and RAM.  If you would prefer, however, to go with a brand name video card, the Erazor would be one of the best deals.  Name brand cards tend to have less problems and better, more reliable drivers.  Although the Erazor cannot be overclocked, it is still a sufficiently fast accelerator for the money.  The Erazor 3 with revelator glasses is the best overall deal here.  For about $20-$30 more you get a $70 pair of 3D glasses that will increase the realness of your gaming experience.

Overall:

If your looking for a new video card that's reliable and fast, the Erazor is the way to go, while its not the top market card, its is at a reasonable price, and will support most 3D gaming just as well. The amount of cash that you have to spend for this card, is out weighted by the features and speed that the card actually offers.  I would recommend this to a gamer on a budget, or a average user, looking for a card that's going to last him for a while. 

Pluses

  • TNT 2 Chipset\32 Megs Of RAM
  • Easy installation.
  • Easy Custom Options
Minuses
  • The settings can be confusing for an inexperienced user
  • Elsa doesn't offer a TNT2 Ultra Model
  • Doesn't overclock well
  • Won't share IRQ with another device
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Added:  Monday, October 11, 1999
Reviewer:  Jeff Ruhnow
Score:
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