Prolink PixelView - Solid Card, No Software
All of the Taiwanese company's cards bear the "PixelView" label. In many a computer store, the actual company name, Prolink, is dropped and the cards are mistakenly advertised under the "PixelView" name. Since there is no company that goes by that name, users seeking support often run into trouble. The company homepage can be found at: www.prolink.com.tw .
Prolink's entry in this comparison is a GF2 Ti board. The review sample arrived set to a default speed of 250/440 MHz. This was a mistake, according to Prolink. We therefore reduced the clockspeed to the 250/400 MHz settings of the retail version for all benchmarks.
The card and its features:
|Prolink PixelView GeForce2 Ti||GeForce2 Ti: 250 MHz64 MB, 4 ns, 400 MHzGPU FanTV-Out (Bt869KRF)||Driver-CD|
The board follows the standard GeForce2 Ti layout. Its 64 MB memory consists of four 4ns Samsung chips. The lack of memory cooling showed no negative side effects in operation. Speaking of cooling, we were impressed with the GPU heatsink, which offers a very large heat dissipation area. Prolink's choice of TV-Out encoder chip was the Conexant Bt869KRF.
Prolink's idea of a software bundle seems to follow the minimalist interpretation. Indeed, there is no software whatsoever in the bundle, besides the obligatory NVIDIA driver CD. For a card with TV-Out, we would have expected to find at least a software DVD player.