Tenslotte hebben we ook nog een GeForce 256 review van de opper tweaker himself. Ook bij Tom weer véél benchmarks, waaronder handige (maar teleurstellende) CPU scaling resultaten:
You're probably just as disappointed as I was when I ran the benchmarks. GeForce scales almost identical to TNT2, only in Descent 3 you can find a noticeable difference. The only real exception is the TreeMark. I was impressed to see that Celeron 400 scored the identical result as Pentium III 550 with GeForce, while with TNT2 the score was only 75%. After talking to NVIDIA about this issue I was told that most of the CPU-power is currently lost inside the rather young GeForce-drivers and that the CPU-scaling will get less once the drivers have matured. [break] Tom heeft trouwens zowel de SDRAM als DDR versie getest en de beperkingen van de lage SDRAM bandwidth komen in zijn benchmarks duidelijk naar voren. In z'n conclusie is Tom, in het verleden regelmatig beticht van "pro-nVidiaïsme", slechts matig optimistisch over de GeForce: [/break] Let's have a look at the good sides first. Geforce256 performs well and is ahead of the competition in the vast majority of the benchmarks, especially at high resolutions. Those benchmarks look as if they are from the last century, if you realize GeForce's new features and its ability to display highly detailed scenes with huge amounts of polygons. Buyers of GeForce will indeed get the fastest and most advanced 3D-chip out there and the pleasure to run games on GeForce may grow as new and demanding games show up on the scene.
However, first of all I expected GeForce to be further ahead of the competition even in today's benchmarks. I am definitely disappointed with the memory interface, which deeply depends on the availability of double data rate memory. This means that the cards with single data rate SDRAM, which are shipping right now, are not as fast as they could be, simply due to the memory issue. I also expected to see some kind of advantage of the transfer and lighting engine in current applications. The CPU-scaling benchmark shows that GeForce scales about the same as TNT2 right now though