iXBT Labs - Computer Hardware in Detail

Platform

Video

Multimedia

Mobile

Other

Prolink PixelView
GeForce3 Ti 200

November 19, 2001



GeForce3 Ti 200 cards, as you know, have all the possibilities of the GeForce3, they just work at a lower frequency. Such cards will probably become the most popular as they have a very attractive price/performance ratio: in the USA they cost less than $180, and there are even some supplies at $120. Of course, the RADEON 8500 LE is a strong competitor against the GF3 Ti 200 but while their drivers for the Windows XP are not bugfixed, the Canadian company will hardly succeed. I'm just pleased with the fact that ATI is now considering opinions of ordinary users and have started eliminating the problems in the new product.

And before we turn to the card in question I should remind you that the whole theoretical base connected with this GPU is concentrated in the following articles (here you can also learn the peculiarities of certain cards and find out how they operate in the latest benchmark tests).

We studied products from Prolink a lot of times and each time the quality was excellent. Prolink video cards, above all, are not dear. And today we will take a look at the Prolink PixelView GeForce3 Ti 200.

Card

The Prolink PixelView GeForce3 Ti 200 card has an AGP x2/x4 interface, 64 MBytes DDR SDRAM located in 8 chips on the right side of the PCB.

Hynix (former Hyundai) produces memory chips with 4 ns access time, which corresponds to 250(500) MHz. As you know, all Ti 200 based cards have the memory working at 200 (400) MHz that is why 5 ns modules are sufficient. However, such cards are usually equipped with the memory which is available in stock or with a faster memory (which is just a marketing step to attract attention).

In the Titanium review we showed that Ti 200/500 based video cards and GeForce3 ones differ in design. Let's look at the design of the Prolink PixelView GeForce3 Ti 200 and compare it with the reference card from NVIDIA:

Prolink PixelView GeForce3 Ti 200

NVIDIA GeForce3 Ti 500 reference card

The Prolink and the reference cards are as like as two peas in a pod. I should notice that this is only the second card on the GeForce3 Ti 200 we have examined which is based on the new design developed exactly for this GPU.

The PCB has a yellow textolite and standard heatsinks and central cooler.

The Prolink PixelView GeForce3 Ti 200 card is equipped with a TV-out.

The card ships in a Retail package.

Accessories:

  • User's Manual;
  • CD with software and utilities;
  • CD with a program DVD player WinDVD 3.0;
  • CD with Ulead VideoStudio 4.0;
  • S-Video-to-RCA adapter.

Overclocking

The Prolink PixelView GeForce3 Ti 200 doesn't have a promising potential - what we has reached is 200/250(500) MHz. The memory overclocking is not great either since 250 MHz is the rated frequency for the 4ns memory. The performance gained doesn't exceed the one of a usual GeForce3, but at least we can get a normal GeForce3 at a less sum of money.

Note:

  • in course of overclocking you must provide additional cooling, in particular, for the card (first of all, for its memory);
  • overclocking depends on the definite sample, and you shouldn't generalize the results of one card to all video cards of this mark or series. The overclocking results are not the obligatory characteristics of a video card.

Installation and drivers

Test system:

  • Pentium4 based computer (Socket 478):
    • Intel Pentium4 2100;
    • ASUS P4T-E (i850) mainboard;
    • 512 MBytes RDRAM PC800;
    • Quantum FB AS HDD, 20 GBytes;
    • OS Windows ME;
    • ViewSonic P810 (21") and ViewSonic P817 (21") monitors.

During the tests we used NVIDIA drivers of v21.81, VSync was off, the S3TC technology was enabled.

For the comparative analyses we used the following cards:

  • ASUS AGP-V8200 Deluxe (GeForce3, 200/230(460) MHz, 64 MBytes);
  • Reference card NVIDIA GeForce3 Ti 200 (175/200 (400) MHz, 64 MBytes);
  • PowerMagic RADEON 8500 (RADEON 8500 LE, 250/250 (500) MHz, 64 MBytes).

Test results

The 2D quality is very good. At least the card works excellently at 1600x1200, 75 Hz, while at 85 Hz fine elements of my desktop become less sharp.

For estimation of 3D quality we used:

  • Quake3 Arena v.1.17 (id Software/Activision) - a game test which demonstrates operation of a card in OpenGL with a standard demo benchmark demo002 and quaver, a demo benchmark of the Q3DM9 level with large textures.

Quake3 Arena

demo002, standard modes

The tests with the demo002 were carried out in the High Quality mode (32-bit color).

Quaver, High Quality Modes

The tests were carried out in 32-bit color mode at the highest detailing level and with complicated geometry (r_subdivisions "1" r_lodCurveError "30000"). This benchmark loads an accelerator with geometry, large textures and huge effects.

Both tests demonstrate that the card corresponds to its level as far as performance is concerned.

In closing, I'd like to advise you to read also other reviews of GeForce2/3 based video cards. Besides, in our 3Digest you can get thorough information on performance of these cards on different platforms.

TV-out

As the video cards of this class are not equipped with the TwinView technology you should use utilities from third companies to display image on a monitor and a TV screen simultaneously (you can take, for example, TVTool). The TV-out is standard: 800X600 at 50-60 Hz. Settings for centering and changing image edges on a TVscreen are very scanty.

Conclusion

If you want a cheap GeForce3 without luxuries (a rich Retail package, VIVO etc.) this card is a good purchase.

  1. Prolink PixelView GeForce3 Ti 200 conforms to the parameters of the reference card.
  2. Given its potential it can be easily turned into a normal GeForce3 and can catch up with the ATI RADEON 8500 LE.

The complete characteristics of video cards of this and other classes can be found in our 3Digest.

Highs:

  • Good performance in 3D graphics in 32-bit color;
  • High quality of the card which is based on the reference design for GeForce3 Ti 200 cards;
  • Full support of all functions and possibilities of the GeForce3;
  • Relatively low price;
  • S-Video-to-RCA adapter.

Lows:

  • Low overclocking potential;
  • Scanty software (no games, but the box contains VideoStudio, for some reason: it is quite strange for a card which has no VIVO functions).

Write a comment below. No registration needed!


Article navigation:



blog comments powered by Disqus

  Most Popular Reviews More    RSS  

AMD Phenom II X4 955, Phenom II X4 960T, Phenom II X6 1075T, and Intel Pentium G2120, Core i3-3220, Core i5-3330 Processors

Comparing old, cheap solutions from AMD with new, budget offerings from Intel.
February 1, 2013 · Processor Roundups

Inno3D GeForce GTX 670 iChill, Inno3D GeForce GTX 660 Ti Graphics Cards

A couple of mid-range adapters with original cooling systems.
January 30, 2013 · Video cards: NVIDIA GPUs

Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1

An external X-Fi solution in tests.
September 9, 2008 · Sound Cards

AMD FX-8350 Processor

The first worthwhile Piledriver CPU.
September 11, 2012 · Processors: AMD

Consumed Power, Energy Consumption: Ivy Bridge vs. Sandy Bridge

Trying out the new method.
September 18, 2012 · Processors: Intel
  Latest Reviews More    RSS  

i3DSpeed, September 2013

Retested all graphics cards with the new drivers.
Oct 18, 2013 · 3Digests

i3DSpeed, August 2013

Added new benchmarks: BioShock Infinite and Metro: Last Light.
Sep 06, 2013 · 3Digests

i3DSpeed, July 2013

Added the test results of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 and AMD Radeon HD 7730.
Aug 05, 2013 · 3Digests

Gainward GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST 2GB Golden Sample Graphics Card

An excellent hybrid of GeForce GTX 650 Ti and GeForce GTX 660.
Jun 24, 2013 · Video cards: NVIDIA GPUs

i3DSpeed, May 2013

Added the test results of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770/780.
Jun 03, 2013 · 3Digests
  Latest News More    RSS  

Platform  ·  Video  ·  Multimedia  ·  Mobile  ·  Other  ||  About us & Privacy policy  ·  Twitter  ·  Facebook


Copyright © Byrds Research & Publishing, Ltd., 1997–2011. All rights reserved.