Taking a Closer Look
The Abit Siluro Ti200 is based on the nVidia reference design, however, Abit have added a few features of their own. Firstly, for those of you that have a case window and would like to show off your video card, the Siluro Ti200 features a black PCB with an attractive silver heatsink/fan unit. Instead of having separate heatsinks for the core and memory chips, this card features one large heatsink covering the lot. We'll see how this affects overclocking results a bit later on in the review.
Under the large heatsink you will find eight 8MB memory chips rated at 4ns each, giving a total of 64MB onboard memory. The Ti200's memory clock speed is 200MHz DDR (effectively 400MHz). This is slightly lower than the regular GeForce3 which features a memory clock speed of 230MHz DDR. The core clock speed of the Ti200 is 175MHz, significantly lower than the regular GeForce3's 200MHz core clock speed.
The Abit Siluro Ti200 is packed with onboard features. These include DVI out and TV out. DVI out will come in very handy for those of you with an LCD monitor that requires a Digital Video Input. TV out is controlled by a Chrontel CH7007A-T chip that supports resolutions of up to 800x600. Although some televisions support resolutions as high as 1024x768, you will find that most are limited to 800x600, or even 640x480.
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