Ook bij Digital-Clips hebben ze al een exemplaar weten te bemachtigen van de GeForce 256 videokaart van Creative. De review wijst uit dat ze toch niet helemaal hebben gekregen wat ze wilden. De performance is wel hoog, maar toch enigzins tegenvallend. Het wachten eigenlijk ook op software of een game die alle mogelijkheden van de GeForce benut. Hieronder heb je een gedeelte uit de review, check de rest hier.
I'm sorry to say but the GeForce has, so far dissapointed us greatly. The anticipation, the hype has all come to nothing, a meagre growth in speed for running today's applications. Wait a minute, I think I just struck a chord. Lets think of the GeForce in a more POSITIVE light. Firstly, the GeForce was a completely new chipset designed from the ground up. It was supposed to be revolutionary, rather than evolutionary. Therefore, is this card ahead of its time? I'd like to think so. The major selling point of the GeForce is the ability to do Transform and Lighting on the GPU. No longer restrained as a mere video card, nVidia has decided its about time the video card had its own processing unit. Coupled with the advanced rendering algorithms such as Cube Environmental Mapping, this card is set for many months to come.
What today's benchmarks show is merely a fraction of what we should expect from the GeForce. Until a software product can be released to test the advanced features which make this card standout, we cannot really judge it. It would be like trying to make a person from the early 90's write a review about the TNT using primeval software that could not test its touted functions.
However, there still is a lingering problem in my mind. Why is the memory clocked so slow? 166 mhz does not seem to do justice to this card. Is the lack of memory speed the bottleneck for the GeForce? If so, why did Creative not manufacture a card which would deliver to nVidia's rated specs? We'll keep you informed as we look into this issue further. Watch out for the second part of the review, highlighted in Italics on the review navigation panel.