Eric van Ballegoie van FastGraphics.com komt met een GeForce 3 roundup. In de inleiding wordt nog even kort uitgelegd hoe de GeForce 3 nou werkt en wat de verschillen zijn met oudere chipsets. Vervolgens passeren de volgende grafische kaartjes de revue:
- Leadtek GeForce 3 standard
- Leadtek GeForce 3 version 2
- Hercules 3DProphet GeForce 3
- Point Of View GeForce 3.
- Elsa Gladiac 920
- Gainward GeForce 3 PowerPack
- MSI StarForce 822
- MSI StarForce 822 version 2
Deze kaartjes zijn onder andere getest met Serious Sam, Quake III, Villagemark en Treemark. De resultaten hiervan hebben geleid tot de volgende conclusie:
As the benchmarks show, the GeForce 3 is faster than the GeForce 2 Ultra in some benchmarks, but slower in others. The new nfiniteFX engines are not used in most of our benchmarks which is why the GeForce 3 cannot show its true potential. But with the GeForce 2 Ultra out of production and supplies of these cards running out, The GeForce 3 is definitely the flagship in the nVidia range. Since the chipset has been available for a few months, more and more games will start to take advantage of it which is a good thing. Another good thing is definitely the HRAA, or Quincunx Anti Aliasing. This new AA method offers near 4x AA quality at the performance drop which is only slightly bigger than that of 2X AA. If you're someone who plays a lot of games in 1024x768 than you're going to love the Quincunx AA performance of the GeForce 3.
When we talk about GeForce 3 cards and which one to get, it's going to be a really close call. All cards perform just about the same and it really depends on whether our not you favor extra's like a TV-out or a DVI connector. Some cards are very basic, like the Point of View GeForce 3 and the Elsa Gladiac 920. Two cards offer both video in and video out, the Gainward GeForce 3 Powerpack! and the MSI StarForce 822. The added Video-in feature is a nice bonus if you want to hook up cam to do a little editing or video conferencing. Leadtek's second generation GeForce 3 card is probably the most interesting card from a technical point of view with it's LED indicators and hardware monitor. So basically, it really depends on what you're looking for and how much you've got to pay for each card. Just keep in mind that all cards perform the same at factory speeds and that all the variation you get will be in the extra's.