Geforce4 Powerpack! Ultra/750-8X XP Golden Sample
by David, 7 July 2003
cards have come a long way in the past year or so. A little more
than 6 months ago, I was still fiddling with my MSI Geforce4 Ti4200
card, which was still relatively new at the time. Also at that time,
ATi was having some success with their Radeon 8500 series of graphics
cards. DirectX 8 and later DirectX 8.1 was the current standard.
Fast forward to the present, the previous series of cards have been
superceded by DirectX 9.0a parts, with the current champion from
being the Radeon 9800 card from ATi. nVidia is still alive and kicking
with their GeforceFX 5900 series of graphics cards. So where does
that leave all the older graphics cards? While manufacturers are
obviously intent on phasing out older cards and replacing them with
newer ones, older cards from the nVidia Geforce4 Ti series and ATi's
Radeon series lower than the 9700s are still very much available
in the market. You can't really expect everyone to simply upgrade
once new technology comes out. Many people can't afford to get the
latest and the greatest, so they usually head for older cards as
they cost much less.
manufacturers just love having long product names filled with wierd
acronyms and serial numbers; and Gainward happens to be one of them.
Try saying the full title of the product we're reviewing today,
10 times in a row as fast as you can. :P
aside, Gainward can be considered one of the bigger names in the
graphics card manufacturing industry. Some of their more noteable
achievments include a joint cooperation with Bit-Tech to produce
custom watercooling kits for Gainward GeforceFX graphics cards.
Gainward's product line is almost exclusively based on nVidia graphics
take a look at the Gainward Geforce4 Powerpack! Ultra/750-8X XP
Golden Sample graphics card which is based on nVidia's Geforce4
Ti4400 graphics chipset. Not exactly the newest card of the lot,
but still fast enough for current games available on the market.
take a quick look at the specifications of the card itself.