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Prolink GeForce3 Ti200 Video Card Review (Page 3)

By Mike Wright from Nov 1, 2001 @ 23:00 CST
TweakTown Rating: 9.0%Manufacturer: Prolink

The Card

The PixelView GeForce3 Ti200 card that I received for review is pretty standard as far as features, and doesn't offer any Digital Video Input/Output. This isn't too surprising, though, since the Ti200 cards are built for those wanting to have the capabilities of a GeForce3 card while maintaining a budget. But if you just have to have this feature, then you can get one of the other available models of the Ti200 cards offered by Prolink that has this capability.

The card comes in the same gold/yellow color scheme as past cards, so it will stand out in that window just fine for those who are into case modding. After all, if you're going to cut a whole into the side of your case, you want the insides to look cool...don't you?

When I first heard of the lower core and memory speeds of the Ti200 series of cards, I was a little concerned that some companies would do away with active cooling. Not only has Prolink decided to keep the HSF on this card, they have also decided to keep the RAM sinks in place as well. This will help when it comes to both stability and overclocking. Even running at default speeds, the cooler temperatures will allow for a more stable system.

And hiding under those RAM sinks you ask? How about 64MB of Hynix 4ns DDR memory? While not quite as robust as the faster 3.8ns variety, it is still very serviceable and will be able to handle just about anything that you can throw at it. The 4ns modules are capable of speeds in the 225MHz range, and possibly higher with the proper cooling in place.

The HSF on the GPU is the same smallish model that I've seen on most graphics cards. While not the best, it will serve the needs that it was designed for; keeping the GPU cool. Also notice the design of the HSF in reference to the RAM sinks. Most of the excess air that blows from the HSF will be aimed at the RAM sinks, so you can expect your memory to also remain nice and cool.

As I stated above, the card that I received was limited to a standard 15-pin video connection and a TV-Out connection. There are models available with DVI for those with an LCD monitor, but since I have no real need for it, this one works just fine for my needs. After all, there's really no need to buy features that aren't needed.

The 15-pin port is industry standard and will allow you to connect any standard monitor to it, or a hardware DVD card if that is what you have in mind. The S-Video will allow you to connect your PC to your television set for a larger viewing area, but the resolution will be limited. While the card itself will support TV resolutions of 1024 x 768, there are very few TV sets with this capability. A few will allow you to run at 800 x 600, and most will limit you to 640 x 480.

Also realize that a standard TV will result in a dot pitch of somewhere in the range of .60 dot pitch. To be perfectly honest with you, this is a horrid picture quality. As a comparison, a standard monitor produces a picture of .21 - .27 dot pitch. As you can see, the picture quality will appear grainy and not real crisp. This is the fault of the television, though and not the video card. HDTV may one day make TV output a cool reality, but today's TV sets just aren't really up to the task of working double duty as a monitor.

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