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CHHAS
28th July 2001, 02:12
I finally caved in and sold my soul to the nDevil.
I saw this incredibly cheap Geforce 2 Pro card in a webshop.

80% of Kyro2 Price
130% of MX or Radeon SDR price

The card isn't a real GF Pro, as it's memory only runs at 183DDR, so it's bang in the middle of GTS and Pro specs.

Seeing as the shop had a nice return policy I decided to give it a go (some of you might remeber that I've tried both a Radeon SDR and a Powercolor Evil Kyro and returned both of them).

The card arrived today, and preparing myself for the shock of blurry 2D I installed it.

I'm happy to report that the 2D is much much much better than I would have dreamed. It's still nowhere near Matrox, but I'm running my desktop at 1280x1024@85Hz and the text is quite crisp. Colours are a bit washed out, but this card is miles ahead of the Powercolor Kyro, and quite close to the Radeon SDR I tried.
I wonder how I feel about it when I've used it a bit longer.

The 3D speed is a really nice change from my aging G400 16Mb SH.

With the drivers from the box and no tweaking I got a 2900 in 3Dmark2001, where my G400 was around 1200.

UT Thunder demo 1024x768x32@85 Hz V-sync on gave me 80 FPS.
1600x1200x16@85 Hz V-sync on gave 68 FPS :D

GL_EXT gave

Results:
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Overdraw/HSR:
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Overdraw factor 3, back to front: 135.63 fps
Overdraw factor 3, front to back: 186.77 fps
Overdraw factor 3, random order: 161.83 fps

Overdraw factor 8, back to front: 51.53 fps
Overdraw factor 8, front to back: 81.23 fps
Overdraw factor 8, random order: 71.30 fps

Fillrate:
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Pixel fillrate: 673.69 MegaPixels / s
Texel fillrate: 1328.59 MegaTexels / s

T&L/High polygon count static display list:
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Pure transform: 11588297 vertices / s
2 point lights: 7417061 vertices / s
8 point lights: 2971021 vertices / s
2 directional lights: 10396157 vertices / s
8 directional lights: 3975596 vertices / s

High memory bandwidth load/texture cache efficiency:
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One 1024x1024x32 texture: 480.59 fps
Four 1024x1024x32 textures: 482.06 fps

The overdraw results seem rather low, but I guess I'm too used to seeing Kyro results ;)

I'll post more impressions and benches as I get them.

CHHAS
31st July 2001, 12:03
Just did some more playing around.

I'm now playing UT at 1600x1200x32 at around 70 fps average in gameplay, this is sweet :)

Maggi
31st July 2001, 23:56
Awesome scores ... :)

how about OCing that MoFo 'til it glows ? :D

http://www.tweakfiles.com/video/nvmax.html could be helpfull, I guess

CHHAS
1st August 2001, 03:02
Well, this being the cheapest GF2Pro card ever made (at least in these parts) the cooling is ... shall we say rather on the skimpy side :rolleyes:
So I'll have to modify it quite a bit, looking at ramsinks and coolers.

CHHAS
1st August 2001, 05:11
Managed to force the card to it's knees :)

Ut at these settings:

[OpenGLDrv.OpenGLRenderDevice]
RefreshRate=75
DetailTextures=1
UseTrilinear=1
UseS3TC=1
UseTNT=1
LODBias=0
UseMultiTexture=1
UsePalette=1
UseAlphaPalette=0
Translucency=1
VolumetricLighting=1
ShinySurfaces=1
Coronas=0
HighDetailActors=1
MaxAnisotropy=0
AlwaysMipmap=0
UsePrecache=0
SupportsLazyTextures=0

And Anistropic forced in the drivers.
Had to go down to 1024x768 to get playable framerates, but it looks SWEET :D