Inno3D Tornado GeForce2 Titanium in the test: rip-off or useful addition?
At Nvidia everything revolves around two terms at the moment: XP and Titanium. While XP has so far only referred to its Detonator drivers, the name 'Titanium' is being used to attract buyers' favor with the new graphics card models. But does the 'Titanium' award always mean that the new cards are better and faster than the already available graphics cards with Nvidia chips? To find out, we took a closer look at the Tornado GeForce2 Titanium from Inno3D. With the new GeForce2 Titanium graphics cards, Nvidia would like to bring the performance of a GeForce2 Ultra at the price of a GeForce2 Pro and offer a replacement for the GeForce2 Ultra graphics cards that are slowly disappearing from the market. In the course of this review we will try to clarify whether this has really been successful and whether the Tornado GeForce2 Titanium represents a useful addition to the wide range of products.
Our thanks again go to Inno3D, who kindly gave us another model of their Tornado GeForce2 Titanium.
Scope of delivery
In the rather thin packaging, which is common for a graphics card, there is a lot more besides the graphics card. Since our test copy is a version with TV-Out and MegaPack software bundle, the Inno3D-typical Universal Driver CD is once again included, on which, in addition to the products Colorific, 3Deep, Printerific and True Internet Color, a ColorKey is in the packaging, of course you can also find current drivers for all operating systems, DirectX 7 and 8 as well as 3DMark 2000 and Resultbrowser2000. The supplied Detonator drivers are the official version 21.83. Older drivers in version 12.00 are also still on the CD in case some users are not satisfied with the new drivers. Unfortunately, this reveals a small point of criticism about the CD. If you insert it, it starts automatically, but under Windows XP only offers the drivers for Windows 9x in the menu, although drivers for Windows XP can also be found on the CD. In Windows XP you have to install the drivers manually. But that's not all that Inno3D delivers with the Tornado GeForce2 Titanium. The MegaPack software bundle also includes WinDVD 2000 v3.0, Ulead PhotoImpact 5, Inno Creation Media Gallery and a limited edition of Midnight GT especially for Inno3D. The TV-out cable is particularly positive. In addition to the actual TV-out to video-in cable, which is only 10cm long and would therefore never be sufficient for connection to a television, the graphics card also comes with an extension cable so that the customer does not have to pay additional costs for such a cable is loaded.
Partially missing on other Inno3D cards, the new card also comes with a manual. It is only in English, but it provides information about the structure of the graphics cards, the driver installation, the features of the graphics cards, the system requirements and the installation of the graphics cards. The plural is deliberately chosen here, as the manual is a universal manual for the GeForce2 Titanium, GeForce3 Ti200 and GeForce3 Ti500. All three graphics cards are printed with pictures and the individual components are clearly labeled.
You stick to the design of the card a plain green and is based on the reference design from Nvidia. The GPU fan is again a 'Golden Orb', this time with the Inno3D logo. The fan has already distinguished itself in the past with its smooth running and good cooling performance. The 64MB DDR-RAM are distributed over eight memory modules and only attached to the top of the graphics card. The memory modules are 5.0ns fast DDR-RAM from Elite TM, which, however, is neither passively nor actively cooled. How well this memory and the GeForce2 Titanium chip can be overclocked will be clarified later in the review. There is nothing wrong with the workmanship of the graphics card, as you are used to from Inno3D, it is once again flawless.
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