GeForce 3 Arrives for PC, First Review
4:43 PM | Michael Eilers | Comment on this story
While it is indeed true that NVIDIA's next big chip, the GeForce 3, was demonstrated first on the Macintosh platform, it appears the PC platform will be the first to actually be able to purchase a shipping version of the card. Earlier today the non-disclosure agreement for the GeForce 3 chipset expired, and the first of a forthcoming flood of reviews and articles on this next-generation GPU arrived. The cards themselves are expected to ship in several days, and are listed as preorders at several PC hardware outlets for as low as $341.00 for a 64-MB model.
The Techzone.com appears to have been first out the gate with their review, with a short but detailed look at the actual mechanics and features of the card. It isn't clear at this time how much of this is applicable to the Mac version of the card, which will most likely be manufactured by Apple themselves (as is the GeForce 2 MX for Mac); in fact it isn't even clear as of yet how much memory the Apple card will ship with. One important difference between the VisionTek card being reviewed and the promised Apple model is that the VisionTek GeForce 3 supports both 2x and 4x AGP, while the Apple card lists 4x AGP as a hardware requirement.
The Tech Zone was quite impressed with the card, and demonstrated the highest graphics benchmarks they had ever seen. One area singled out for praise was the card's high resolution anti-aliasing support, which allows anti-aliasing at high screen resolutions with a fraction of the performance penalty experienced by previous cards such as the GeForce 2 Ultra and the 3dfx Voodoo5. Their conclusion is likely to be echoed by many a reviewer over the next few weeks:
Yes, the VisionTek GeForce 3 is ultra fast and ultra expensive. Is it worth it? I think it really depends on the type of monitor you have. The GeForce 3 is not design to run your games at 1024x768. Leave that to lessor GeForce cards. No, the GeForce 3 is made for 1600x1200x32 bit gaming with antialiasing on and here's the problem. Most people don't have monitor that can do that. So unless you have a 19" or 21" monitor, you may be better off sticking with a lesser GeForce.The launch of the PC version of this card is good news for Mac gamers, as it means Apple's release of these ultra-high-end cards cannot be far behind. Watch for more news on this gaming luxury item soon.
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