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Reviewed: Elsa Gladiac
Author: Michael Ahlf       Date:June 25th 2000
Page: 2

The first thing anyone has to deal with on a new video card is installation; thankfully, Elsa has streamlined the process almost all the way. After plugging in the card, just kick up windows and it'll be automatically detected thanks to the magic of plug and pray. While this could be a bad thing since the drivers aren't around yet, a simple selection of standard VGA adapter gets the computer running. Once Windows has loaded, just load in the install CD and the drivers will be loaded onto the computer. A simple dialog menu leads right through the process, and after a reboot everything is ready.

If this were all that was necessary, the installation could be pronounced a success. Unfortunately, it's not -- the drivers are already out of date. Elsa's latest drivers, available on their website, will be necessary to unlock the full potential of the card. The reasoning? NVidia's drivers, at the time of the card's release, didn't have all the features in them. The main feature that is missing in the shipping drivers is NVidia's FSAA support for OpenGL and Direct3D. Since the initial April 30 release, however, NVidia's 5.22 detonators -- and drivers based on them -- have come out. Elsa's setup enables all the versions of FSAA for the Direct3D, and a checkbox for OpenGL FSAA (those wanting to fine tune it get to go work with the registry).

Thankfully for the technologically inept, the reinstallation of drivers is done on the same lines of the initial installation -- it autodetects the card, installs what it needs, and asks for a system reboot. Elsa has gotten the automation of its installations down to a science, leaving almost nothing to chance.

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Added:  Sunday, June 25, 2000
Reviewer:  Michael Ahlf
Page: 2/8

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