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Prolink XX-Player GeForce3 Video Card Review

By: Mike Wright | NVIDIA GeForce GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Oct 2, 2001 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.0%Manufacturer: Prolink



So what are we going to do when we get hold of a video card with 3.8ns DDR memory? Why overclock it of course! I started at the standard settings of 200MHz Core/230MHz Memory (460MHz w/ DDR), and started going higher. My best speed attainable was 240 MHz Core/262.5 MHz Memory (525MHz DDR), but I wasn't able to maintain any real degree of stability. I think that if there was some better active cooling in place, that it would be much better suited for these type speeds.


What I found to be a very nice speed to run at was 230MHz Core/250MHz Memory (500MHz DDR). I was able to run any benchmarking utility with 100% stability. Now I think that we can see why that 3.8ns memory comes in so handy.


Oh...and if you don't feel that you have the knowledge to start mucking around with speed settings, that's all right too. The User's Manual they provide will take you step-by-step through the processes necessary to get the job done right.




What can I say? If you have the cash for a GeForce3 video card, then get one. This particular package is designed for those who are wanting to get into the video editing arena, and it has a software package that gets you well on your way to accomplishing that goal. The performance is outstanding and the graphics quality is superb. About the only fault that I can find with this unit is that a larger fan should really have been mounted on top of the heatsink. With the heat that these cards put out, more cooling is always a benefit. A larger fan would also help out in keeping the memory cooler as well. Looking at the fins of the heatsink and the RAM sinks, the excess airflow that spilled over the GPU sink would help out in dissipating the heat from the memory too.


Other than that, we have a very solid performing video card that is putting out some solid numbers when it comes to sheer graphics processing power. Add to this the fast memory that almost reaches out and invites you to overclock and you'll see that we have a very solid contender for your graphics needs and desires. The addition of overclocking instructions in the User's Manual is also a nice touch.


Bottom line... With so many choices available for the GeForce3 line of video boards, it is sometimes hard to make a decision. If you're looking for the awesome power of a GeForce3 chipset based card, and also want to get into video editing, then take a long, hard look at this card. It ROCKS!


- Pros


Awesome performance


Fast memory


One-step driver installation


Built-in overclocking features


- Cons


Fan too small on heatsink


Rating - 9/10 and TweakTown's Editors Choice Award



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