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ProLink PixelView GF2Ti Review

ProLink PixelView GF2Ti Review - PCSTATS
Price Check: $/£/€
Abstract: Prolink is relatively unknown to North American consumers - they usually sell their products to OEM's rather then the general public.
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External Mfg. Website: Prolink Nov 20 2001   Colin Sun  
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ProLink PixelView GF2Ti Review
NVidia has always liked themes, and that's quite apparent with the release of the new "Titanium" line of cards. While the GeForce 2 Ti, GF3 Ti200 and GF3 Ti500 are just reworked versions of their older line up. Today, our focus will be on the GeForce 2 Titanium or specifically the Prolink PixelView GeForce 2 Ti.

Prolink is relatively unknown to North American consumers - they usually sell their products to OEM's rather then the general public. Their PixelView GF2 Ti is evidence that they're trying to gain a foothold on the retail market, and specifically the value area. The card is rather plain, while it does come with TV-Output capabilities (courtesy of Conexant's Bt869KRF chipset) it does sport Samsung 4ns RAM clocked at 440 MHz! That extra memory speed should give the PixelView the edge over it's competition.

ProLink PixelView GeForce 2Ti
Ships with the following:
  • Video Card
  • TV-out cable
  • CD-ROM Drivers
  • Instructions

NVidia's plan was to "bring GeForce2 Ultra performance at GeForce2 Pro price" and from what I've seen on the net, the Ti's go for about the same price as the Pro's. So what's the difference between the GeForce2 Ti and it's older siblings? Nothing!

It's basically a renamed GeForce2 Ultra core supported by GeForce2 Pro memory. We all know by now that the GeForce2 line of cards, while being very powerful, are all memory bandwidth limited. Given that, the Ti should perform on par with a GeForce2 Pro despite the GPU's 50 MHz advantage.

Actually, the card looks more like a GeForce2 GTS then anything else!

Being the extreme speed freak I am (my toaster oven even runs at 150V), I always overclock everything. Frankly speaking, since the PixelView is targgeting the value market, it is less than overclocker friendly. With it's 4ns memory timing, the memory should be able to do at least 500 MHz with IMHO. However, when I put it to that setting the test system immediately locked up! Thinking it was a freak accident, I tried it again. No luck, same deal happened again.

The highest I could set the memory on the PixelView to was a modest 475 MHz.

It's possible that I couldn't overclock high because I didn't use ramsinks, however this was not my card and I didn't want to risk damaging it by adding my own brand of "warrently voiding cooling".

I wasn't too concerned about how high the core would go, as I mentioned before, the card is memory bandwidth limited. Still all things considered the core did 285 MHz with out any problems, and this with a rather plane stock heatsink/fan.

Test System Specs:
Computer: AthlonXP 1800+ (1.53 GHz at 1.67)
256 MB OCZ PC2400 DDR
EPoX 8KHA+
SB Live! Platinum 5.1
30 GB IBM DeskStar 75GXP
Asus V7700 Deluxe (GF2 GTS 200/333)
MSI StarForce 822 (GF3 200/460)
ATI Radeon8500 (8500 275/550)
Prolink PixelView GeForce2 Ti (GF2 Ti 250/400)
Prolink PixelView GeForce2 Ti (GF2 Ti 285/475)
Software: Windows 98 SE
DirectX 8.0
Via 4in1 4.35V
DetonatorXP 22.50
ATi Radeon beta drivers 7199
Benchmarks:

3DMark2000 Ver 1.1
3DMark2001
GLMark
Serious Sam
Quake III Arena 1.17
Return to Castle Wolfenstein

Ok, let the games begin, first up, now it's quite an oldie, however it still does a good job at determining DirectX7 performance.

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Contents of Article: Prolink PixelView GF2Ti
 Pg 1.  — ProLink PixelView GF2Ti Review
 Pg 2.  Let the Benchmarks Begin
 Pg 3.  Return to Castle Wolfenstein MP Test

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