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Visiontek GeForce 3 Review
Visiontek GeForce 3 Review - PCSTATS
With it's huge reputation preceding it already, I was really looking forward to what I could 'persuade' this little green card to do for me...
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External Mfg. Website: VisionTek Jun 15 2001   C. Sun  
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After market cooling solutions

How about trying another GPU cooler?

I always like to try on the best cooling gear, and since the stock GPU cooler had already been removed I thought this might be a good time to test out a very funky video card cooler we'd gotten some time back. Off came the stock Visiontek heatsink and on went the Zalman ZM17CU. I don't know about you, but the GeForce looks really cool in with this copper chipset cooler attached.

Unfortunately for me, the ZM17CU attaches to the chipset with an adhesive (lock tite) that takes a while to fully set. I say unfortunately because I couldn't wait for the adhesive to fully set and ended up moving the card before things were completely solid - so the somewhat heavy Zalman cooler slid right off. Rather then reattach the Zalman cooler I just dropped the stock Visiontek right back in place... There will be a full review of the ZM17CU shortly when we have a bit more time to let the heatsink set properly on the Geforce 3 core.


Since I had the heatsink off the Geforce 3 GPU yet again, I scraped off the yellow thermal adhesive Visiontek use with their heatsinks and checked out the stepping number. Looking under the hood I was relieved to see exactly what I wanted - an A5 stepping notation.

nVidia NV20 BIOS
Hehe, being myself, I was dying to see how high I could get this card, especially with the success I had with the MSI Starforce 822 (also an A5 stepping)! I guess I was a little disappointed in the end when the Visiontek would only reach 235/550 (which is still respectable), but I also know most cards don't overclock as well as those from MSI generally do. You'll see though that when overclocked, the VisionTek GeForce 3 is a mighty force to be reckoned with!

For those of you already very familiar with Geforce 3 features and the technology I suggest you jump ahead right to the benchmarks here.. For every one else, the next couple pages explain the main features of the Geforce 3 GPU and its' features.

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Contents of Article: VisionTek GeForce 3
 Pg 1.  Visiontek GeForce 3 Review
 Pg 2.  — After market cooling solutions
 Pg 3.  Technology of the GeForce 3
 Pg 4.  Lightspeed Memory
 Pg 5.  Anti-Alaising
 Pg 6.  Visiontek GeForce3 Specs
 Pg 7.  3DMark 2001Benchmarks
 Pg 8.  AquaMark Benchmarks
 Pg 9.  Vulpine's GLMark
 Pg 10.  Quake III Arena
 Pg 11.  Quake III Arena HQ with AA
 Pg 12.  Conclusions

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