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Reviewed: Elsa Gladiac
Author: Michael Ahlf       Date: June 25th 2000
Page: 7

There will always be people out there who can't help but overclock their cards; thankfully, Elsa included that option in their drivers, along with an extremely prominent warning:

"WARNING: Over-clocking the memory clock and core clock can result in display errors or even a system crash! Please proceed careful[sic] by using this optional tool and change the settings in very small steps only. Running the board beyond the hardware default settings will void the FCC/CE approval for your graphics board."

Now that that's out of the way, I went on to try out exactly how fast the board would go, and thankfully Elsa seems to have produced an overclocking winner. Using Quake 3 to test the overclocking abilities of the card, I got stability all the way up on the memory (380 MHz), and stability at 235 MHz on the core. This was without a dedicated cooling solution, just the heatsink/fan combo on the board itself. If this wasn't an isolated incident, the overclockers in the audience should be very happy with this board.

The results on overclocking should be taken a little more cautiously, however; boosting the memory clock did a lot, but I was able to leave the core clock right where it is without making a whole lot of difference. This makes a lot of sense, for the test system; lower resolutions were limited by the speed of the CPU, which means that the memory requirements of the card and core speed don't affect overall framerate much. Boosting the memory clock for those resolutions right on the edge -- like 800x600x32bit with FSAA fully on -- was another story, enabling the timedemo to reach 30.0 FPS. Once again, the performance gains in this regard will be a lot bigger when not processor limited but they WILL enable some options usage on a lower-end system.

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Added:  Sunday, June 25, 2000
Reviewer:  Michael Ahlf
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