Wat doe je als je de snelste videokaart bezit die op dat moment verkrijgbaar is? Juist, nog sneller maken . Dat dachten ze bij iXBT-labs waarschijnlijk ook, ze hebben daar een GeForce2 in de vriezer gestopt voor een leuk overclock avontuurtje. In de vriezer wou de core snelheid naar 260 MHz en het geheugen kwam op 440 MHz te lopen :
However, the most impressive results were achieved with the local graphics memory overclocking. You can easily notice that the maximum we managed to obtain was about 220MHz (440MHz end frequency). When working at 450MHz end frequency we saw some artifacts such as some visible image distortions. No doubt the curve showing the performance gain achieved during memory overclocking grows much more significantly than in the previous case with graphics core overclocking. We noticed an almost 30% performance gain at 440MHz memory end frequency (note that the graphics core frequency was set to its nominal value - 200MHz). This result proves very illustratively all our theoretical suppositions discussed above. The graphics card based on GeForce2 GTS is more sensitive to the increase of graphics memory frequency than to the increase of graphics core frequency.
[...] Despite the extreme overclocking conditions and the use of a really powerful additional cooling, we have every right to state that the increase of the graphics memory working frequency tells greatly on the performance of GeForce2 GTS based graphics card. This is true even if there were only an ordinary cooling fan used (400MHz end memory frequency proved very easy to achieve). Overclocking the graphics core is also possible, however, it doesn't make very much sense, because even at the nominal of 200MHz GeForce2 GTS can't show all it's capable of because of the narrow local graphics memory bus.
Nevertheless, we would like to point out that at the maximal frequencies set to 260/440MHz the graphics card on NVIDIA GeForce2 GTS performed excellently in Quake3: at 1024x768x32bpp it showed almost 110fps and at 1280x1024x32bpp - 63fps.