Extreme Hardware en the High Performance PC Guide hebben beide een Banshee review uitgepoept. Bij Extreme Hardware betreft het de Quantum3D Raven en bij THPPG de Gigabyte GA-630. Over de Banshee is inmiddels zo'n beetje alles wel gezegd (V2 core, 1 TMU, trager dan TNT enz.), dus hoe onderscheiden de Banshees zich onderling?
By now, you're probably wondering exactly what the Raven has to offer compared to all the other Banshee boards on the market. From a pure design standpoint, the Raven is a basic 3Dfx reference design with no enhancements beyond what you'd find in any competing vendor's product. The heat sink is exactly the same as the one on the Guillemot Phoenix and Skywell TwinPower cards and offers adequate, if unspectacular cooling. The memory found on the Raven is somewhat of a performance trade-off,especially if you're into overclocking. While most vendors chose to include 8 ns/125 MHz SGRAM, Quantum3D decided to go with 10 ns/100 MHz SDRAM with the Raven. The Banshee's basic clock rate is 100 MHz for the chip and 100+ MHz for the memory speed, so with the Raven your overclocking options will be severely curtailed. Although overclocking the Banshee doesn't really yield that much of a performance edge, those who do want to take the plunge would be better served with one of the Banshee boards equipped with 125 MHz/8ns SGRAM. What the Raven does offer is a great price and an excellent game bundle, along with a company name that is familiar to gamers.