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Reviewed: Elsa Gladiac
Author: Michael Ahlf       Date: June 25th 2000
Page: 4

Elsa has a nice way with drivers; everything is neatly packaged, module by module, to allow ease of use with the Gladiac. They are accessed by a dropdown box, with each module addressing an area of use. Every meaningful Direct3D option, and most OpenGL options, can be changed in this way. Here's the breakdown for each menu;

  • Direct3D
  • ; Enable/disable Fog table emulation, VSync, Z-buffer depth adjustment, alternate depth buffer technique, and a logo when running Direct3D applications. Set the number of Mipmap levels, switch bilinear/trilinear method for mipmaps, and adjust performance versus image quality concerns. Adjust texel alignment.
  • D3D Antialias
  • ; Enable/Disable FSAA support, Enable/Disable forced FSAA for all D3D applications. Adjust slider for FSAA quality (low to high).
  • OpenGL
  • ; Enable/Disable buffer region extension, allowing dual planes extension to use local video memory, use fast linear-mipmap-linear filtering, ansiotropic filtering, alternate depth buffer technique, support for enhanced CPU instructions, and FSAA. Adjust color depth defaults (desktop/16bit/32bit), buffer flipping mode (auto/block/page flip), and VSync (auto/off/on).
  • Overclocking
  • ; This is just what it sounds like, you can adjust the memory clock from 320 to 380 MHz and the core from 180 to 240 MHz. Use at your own risk.

    For those of you who just HAVE to squeeze everything out of monitor and desktop, Elsa hasn't left you out in the cold either. Included in drivers are utilities allowing switching of the monitor refresh rate in 1-Hz increments, definition of refresh rates for different resolutions, and the WinMan suite for making quick changes as well as a resolution utility which alters the desktop in 32-pixel increments horizontally and 1-pixel increments vertically.

    The bundle included with the Elsa card, on the other hand, leaves a little to be desired; the choice of up to three titles, at a pricing level of $8 for one title, $15 for two, and $20 for three. Given that there are 12 titles to choose from (5 flightsims and 7 others), this isn't as great as it first sounds. The available titles, adding a small level of insult to the list, are as follows:

  • Croc 2

  • Die Hard Trilogy 2

  • Earthworm Jim 3D

  • Evolva

  • MDK 2

  • Messiah

  • Viva Football

  • F-16 Aggressor

  • F/A-18E Super Hornet

  • Renegade Racers

  • Silkolene Honda Motocross GP

  • Super 1 Karting
  • As you can see, the bundle -- while not a bad deal -- certainly doesn't seem to be quite worthy of a top-of-the-line video card, as well as having to deal with the shipping delay. As for the price, some of these titles are well on their way to the bargain bin as it is, which means that they might be picked up cheaper elsewhere.

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    Added:  Sunday, June 25, 2000
    Reviewer:  Michael Ahlf
    Page: 4/8

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