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Goodbye, Ti? Abit's Siluro GF3 Vio Faces Off Against The Establishment

Conclusion

The continuing price drops on GeForce3-based graphics cards are finally making those high-end boards more attractive. Although none of the cards have gone below $300 as of yet, I expect some models to be available at $250 or even slightly less before Christmas. This is finally a price that should be acceptable for high-end gamers.

The Siluro GeForce3 Vio is queuing into the line of GeForce3 products with a good price/performance ratio and useful hardware features (DVI, TV-in/ out). In additon, the card can be overclocked safely by 15-20%.

Many of you may wonder if it could also be of interest to buy a GeForce3 Ti200, due to the fact that this one is manufactured in 0.15 µm and thus should have better overclocking capability.

Basically, the idea is nice, but you can be sure that only a few Ti200 cards will be equipped with memory that is fast enough to give you the results you want. This is different with the Ti500, but you can be sure that it will stay very expensive for some time.

Feature Comparison Table

Manu-facturerASUSELSAGainwardHerculesLeadtekMSIVisiontekAbit
ModelAGP-V8200 DeluxeGLADIAC 920CARDEXpert GeForce33D Prophet IIIWinFast GF3StarForce 822GeForce3Siluto GeForce3 Vio
Street Price *)US$340US$350US$300US$330US$315US$280US$300US$315
3D ChipGeForce3GeForce3GeForce3GeForce3GeForce3GeForce3GeForce3GeForce3
Memory64 MB64 MB64 MB64 MB64 MB64 MB64 MB64 MB
Memory Bus Interface128-bit128-bit128-bit128-bit128-bit128-bit128-bit128-bit
Chip Clock200 MHz200 MHz200 MHz200 MHz200 MHz200 MHz200 MHz200 MHz
Memory Clock **)230 MHz DDR230 MHz DDR230 MHz DDR230 MHz DDR230 MHz DDR230 MHz DDR230 MHz DDR230 MHz DDR
Memory Access Time3.8ns3.8ns3.8ns3.8ns3.8ns3.8ns3.8ns3.8ns
Memory Bandwidth7.4 GB/s7.4 GB/s7.4 GB/s7.4 GB/s7.4 GB/s7.4 GB/s7.4 GB/s7.4 GB/s
Ramdac350 MHz350 MHz350 MHz350 MHz350 MHz350 MHz350 MHz350 MHz
Card Features
3D Chip Cooler and Fanyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Heat Sink on Memoryyesyesyesyesyesnoyesyes
TV-Out Encoder ChipPhilips SAA7108EBt 869KRFPhilips SAA7108ECX25871-13CX25871-13Philips SAA7108EBt 869KRFPhilips SAA7108E
TV-Out Connect-orsChinch and S-VHSChinch or S-VHSChinch and S-VHSChinch or S-VHSChinch or S-VHSChinch and S-VHSChinch or S-VHSChinch or S-VHS
Video In Decoder ChipPhilips SAA7108EnoPhilips SAA7108EnonoPhilips SAA7108EnoPhilips SAA7108E
Video In Connect-orsChinch or S-VHSnoChinch and S-VHSnonoChinchnoChinch and S-VHS
DVI Outputnonoyesyesyesnonoyes
Hardware Monitor-ingyesnonononononono
3D Glassesyesnonononononono
Software
Driver Toolsyesnoyesnoyesyesnono
DVD Playeryesyesyesyesyesyesnono
VCR SoftwareDigital VCRnonononononono
Games (No demos)Messiah / Sacrifice / Star Trek New WorldsGiants (GF3 version)nononoRouge Spear / V-Rally 2nono
Software (No demos)3Deep / Ulead VideoStudio 4SE / Video Life Mail 4no3Deep / Ulead VideoStudio 4SEno3Deep / Cult 3Dnono3Deep / Ulead VideoStudio 4SE