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Table of Contents
Executive Summary
Introduction & GeForce2 MX
GeForce2 GTS
Elsa Gladiac MX (pics)
Elsa Gladiac MX REFERENCE Board (pics)
Give That Man An MX
Elsa Gladiac GTS 32 MB (pics)
Elsa Gladiac GTS 64 MB (pics)
The Gladiac In Me
Elsa WINman Suite
Testbed Configuration
3D Mark 2000
Q3 Demo 001
Q3 Demo 002
Conclusion

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ELSA GeForce2 Gladiacs - MX & GTSes
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3DMark 2000 Benchmarks
Default test settings was used for 3DMark 2000, except for the changing of resolutions for the various tests.



The Elsa Gladiac MX is obviously lagging by around 1000 points as compared to the two Elsa Gladiac cards. The Elsa Gladiac 32MB and Elsa 64MB have around the same scores.





The lag on the Elsa Gladiac MX is now more prominent (around 1500 points). This is likely due to the limitations of the memory and chipset of the GeForce2 MX. Interestingly, the scores for the Elsa Gladiac 32MB is slightly higher than the Elsa Gladiac 64MB. Now, let us see how these cards perform at higher resolutions.





Scores obtained here are better than the test done on 800 x 600 32-Bit Colour resolution. Obviously, running at 32-Bit colour demands more processing power from the cards as compared to 16-bit higher resolutions.





The Elsa Gladiac MX performs quite poorly at this high resolution. In fact, the scores obtained are comparable to my own ASUS V3800 TNT2 Pro, running at default speed and running the default test of 3Dmark 2000 (1028 x 768 16-Bit Colour). Once again, the Elsa Gladiac 32MB scores slightly higher than the Elsa Gladiac 64MB. One deduction inferred could be that the memory used in the Elsa Gladiac 64MB is slightly inferior to that of the Elsa Gladiac 32MB.


3D Marks 2000 Benchmark Summary
From the 3DMarks alone, the Elsa Gladiac 64MB card doesn’t perform any better than the 32MB version. One may then ask - if that’s the case what are the additional 32MB RAM used for? You’ll see some improvements in the Quake III Arena benchmarks in the next section for the Elsa Gladiac 64MB compared to the Elsa Gladiac 32MB. It’s just that the additional 32MB doesn’t manifest relevantly in 3DMark 2000.

Also, it seems like the Elsa Gladiac MX does not perform well at higher resolutions and at 32-bit colour. This is probably due to it’s constrained memory bandwidth. Remember, the Elsa Gladiac MX is using SDRAM, whilst the Elsa Gladiac uses DDR SGRAM. Coupled with the “stripped” chipset architecture of the GeForce2 MX chipset, its scores produce a much weaker offering.




 
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