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Inno3D Tornado GeForce3 in the test: GeForce 3 against Geforce2 Ultra

Inno3D Tornado GeForce3 in the test: GeForce 3 against Geforce2 Ultra

Introduction

The Geforce3 is definitely more than just a further development of the Geforce2. This becomes particularly clear if you keep the technical differences in mind. The GPU consists of 57 million transistors, which is around 32 million more than its predecessor. For comparison: A Pentium IV consists of just 42 million transistors. The 0.15 µm manufacturing technology is more than just progressive, especially since current processors such as Pentium III or Pentium 4, as well as Athlon and Duron are still manufactured using 0.18 µm manufacturing technology. nVidia has had a lot of buzz with buzzwords like nFinite FX Engine, Vertex Shader, Pixel Shader, Quincunx and Lightspeed Memory Architecture. Of course we wanted to know what is actually behind it and we have the Inno3D Tornado Geforce3,which was kindly made available to us by Innovision, extensively tested and let you compete against the Geforce2 Ultra.

Scope of delivery

The scope of delivery of the Inno3D Tornado GeForce3 is, as always, very generous. In addition to a CD with tools and drivers, the software also includes 3DMark2000 Pro, Ulead Photo Impact 5, WinDVD2000 and Colorific 3D-Deep. As a nice addition, you also get an original Innovision mousepad and a very nice clip art CD with various pictures, videos and sounds. Unfortunately, the test model did not have a TV-out. The card is also available as a version with TV-Out, as well as a retail version as a Value Pack without software and without TV-Out.

The CD folder, the Mega Pack Bundle from Innovision, proves to be very practical, as you can keep the CDs together with the serial numbers for the programs. In addition, the Inno3D Tornado Geforce3 is very well packaged, the card was delivered to us with the Detonator 12.00.

The Inno3D Tornado GeForce3 corresponds exactly to nVidia's reference design. The black board with the blue heat sinks gives the card a cool look, the GPU fan is an original Blue Orb with an Innovision hologram. Among the memory modules are 3.8ns Double Data Rate SDRAM from Elite, which are clocked at 230Hhz (460MHz DDR), but should actually go higher by default, but nVidia specifies the 460MHz in the reference design.

On the next page: Technical data

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