Inno3D Tornado GeForce2 Titanium in the test: rip-off or useful addition?
Since the chip is manufactured using 0.15 µm technology, we actually expected a very good overclocking option here. Only the uncooled RAM worried us a bit, but the tests went better than expected.
We were able to set the chip clock sometimes even overclock up to 300MHz. However, not all benchmarks ran perfectly here. In Quake3, for example, it was no problem to overclock the chip clock to 300MHz. In VillageMark, however, a clock rate above 280MHz already led to crashes, so we decided to run the chip 'only' at 280MHz in our overclocking benchmarks. However, it should be pointed out again that depending on the program, up to 300MHz are still possible here.
How far can you overclock the uncooled 5ns fast DDR-RAM? Actually it already runs at its specification limit with the standard 400MHz and in other reviews we had to read that the RAM of a GeForce2 Titanium could not be overclocked at all. But far from it. In our tests, 475MHz wasn't a problem for the DDR RAM either and it did its job without any graphics errors. And that without any cooling, mind you.A bit more could be achieved here with passive or even active cooling of the RAM components.
In the following we show how the 30MHz more for the chip and the 75MHz more for the memory clock affect the results in had an impact on the benchmarks:
Quake 3 can convert the higher chip and memory clock into performance very well and experiences a real performance boost, especially in the high resolutions, in which the slower memory of the GeForce2 Titanium reduced performance. There is no improvement in the lower resolutions. In 'High Settings' and 'Normal Settings' the increase in the high resolutions is identical.
The 3D Mark2001 also benefits from the faster clock rates, especially in the high resolutions. Another indication that the increased memory rate is primarily responsible for the performance gain.
As with the other benchmarks, it also shows here that the faster chip and memory clock can be converted into better performance. Since the difference in the clock rate of the RAM between the overclocked GeForce2 Titanium and the GeForce2 Ultra is only 3% (460 to 475), but the difference in the achieved frame rates is up to 8.3% (24 to 26), appears in this Benchmark, the higher chip clock rate is of particular importance. And precisely because the VillageMark places particularly high demands on the chip, no more than 280MHz are possible here!
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