But the clock speed chop causes a big performance hit, easily halving the frame rate if you’re running in a high-ish resolution. ASUS make “Deluxe” cards with all of these frills, and a substantially higher price tag. See all condition definitions – opens in a new window or tab. Delivery times may vary, especially during peak periods. When the system’s idle, SmartDoctor sets the card core and memory clock speeds really low, when you’re running a 2D application it sets them a bit higher, and when you’re running a 3D program it turns the wick up all the way.

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Hey, don’t blame me; if Isaac Newton hadn’t come up with those annoying laws of thermodynamics then we could get around this problem, not to mention make perpetual motion machines, and probably stop daylight saving from fading the curtains, too.


When you’ve got a chipset that’s being used by umpteen companies to make what therefore turn out to be pretty darn similar graphics cards, you end up with only three areas where cards can differ. Credit Card Billing Address must match shipping address or payment will be rejected. There are 0 items available.

Other offers may also be available. Winding the RAM back down to MHz cured the problem a pixel glitch or two still popped up now and then, but I had to look hard and gave the 3. International postage and import charges paid to Pitney Bowes Inc. Expected ship time may vary and is based on seller’s order cut-off time.

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Now, overheating a chip doesn’t mean it’ll be fried. Please enter a number less than or equal to 0. Just the card, no documentation, no cables, no software, no packaging.


System memory bus free to perform other functions. The card behaved itself perfectly wound up to this maximum speed, but only made it to a lousy SmartDoctor can do its thing even if you use different drivers, so that’s OK, and this card doesn’t have any extra frills to worry about.

Almost always, it’ll just shut down and crash the computer before it reaches the burned-alive stage. If the temperature where the card would go flaky is, say, five degrees warmer than the temperature at which SmartDoctor applies the brakes, then you only benefit if your card would, in fact, get too warm. Which brings us to Performance Leadtek might not be an internationally renowned super-brand, but their driver team demonstrably has its act together.

I don’t think this is likely to be a problem with anybody’s GeForce2 offerings, since the NVIDIA drivers on which all of the other driver packages are based are quite highly evolved. ASUS, on the other hand, is more lackadaisical. Each manufacturer has its own strategy to make their card distinguishable from the competition; Hercules has added RAM-heatsinks, Creative Labs has reduced their prices, and ASUS has decided to tackle this issue with features, and lots of them. Post Your Comment Please log in or sign up to comment.

On a performance-per-dollar basis, the cutting-edge game cards still put up a very strong showing against the pro boards, but you won’t be fooling anybody if you say you’ve bought a GeForce2 for, uh, advanced turbulence modelling in your, um, study of the hydrodynamics of the blue-ringed octopus. If the hardware monitor and related features of the V turn your crank, then by all means get it. Back to home page. This amount is subject to change until you make payment.



The overclocked Leadtek using its 1. You could be forgiven for thinking that SmartDoctor was an automatic overclocking trv – that it dynamically wound up the card clock speed to the highest setting that wouldn’t overheat it, and then jockeyed it around to keep under the temperature limit.

Subject to credit approval. Comparison points When you’ve got a chipset that’s being used by umpteen companies to make what therefore turn out to be pretty darn similar graphics cards, you end up with only three areas where cards can differ. Voltage-boosted CPUs may have significantly shortened lifespans even when correctly cooled – although I haven’t seen any evidence to that effect – but when you’re still running at stock voltage, pumping up the clock speed doesn’t do much to the hardware, other than make it unreliable if you’ve set the speed to high.

Do not ask us to misrepresent the value of an item. CPU idling can be a trap, too; it mean your computer won’t overheat yvr you’re doing boring 2D stuff and your cranked-up processor’s idle nine tenths of the time, but will overheat in short order when you run a 3D game and suddenly the CPU’s never idle. Send a warning e-mail with photo to the user-defined address. The “Pure” in the V’s name means this card doesn’t have any fancy extra connectors; like the Leadtek board I reviewed, it’s got a monitor output and that’s it.