Gainward Ultra/650TV-Golden Sample

Time for another graphics card review. This time, a comparative review of the Gainward Ultra 650TV-GS, with its brother the Gainward Ultra 650XP-GS which I reviewed here. I say "brother" because the two cards are almost identical with just a few significant differences. Again, just like its sibling, the 650TV is based around Nvidia's GF4 Ti4200 chipset and is a "Golden Sample". Meaning the cards stock speed is higher than the Nvidia standard. In other words, the 650TV is overclocked straight out of the box. The differences between the XP and TV variants are the TV version has only 64Mb of ram as opposed to 128Mb. Although the ram is faster, rated at 3.3nS against 4.0nS on the XP. These ratings equate to DDR clock speeds of 606 MHz and 500 MHz respectively. The only other difference electronically is the cut down VIVO function. Here the 650TV offers only composite video out, no Svideo or video in. With the cards side by side, the most noticeable differences are, the 650TV's larger GPU cooler and the addition of red anodised ram sinks. It will be interesting to see if the larger cooling fan helps to clock higher than the 650XP.

650TV-GS Specifications:
Support nfiniteFX II Engine for full programmability.
NVIDIA nView Display Technology provides flexibility an control for using multiple displays.
Accuview Antialiasing delivers unbeatable visual quality and frames rates.
Dual Programmable Pixel product surface details never before seen on the desktop.
Integrated 32-bit color and 32-bit Z/Stencil Buffer.
Integrated Cube environment mapping, and true reflective bump mapping.
Multibuffering (double, triple, quadruple) for smooth animation and video playback.
Video-out support (NTSC/PAL) TV system. It can providing best-of-class TV-out functionality up to 800x600 resolutions.
Support LCD output with DVI connect, the resolution up to 1600x1200.

EXPERTool Performance Tuning Utility
EXPERTool is Gainward's performance tuning utility that allows the user to easily adjust the engine clock and memory clock of any Gainward product from nVIDIA's recommended default settings to even higher settings. Gainward offers the end user the choice to either run the board in "Safe Mode Setting" or at "Enhanced Setting" ("Golden Sample" products only, featuring a more stable design with faster memory) which offer enhanced real-world 3D performance for higher resolution. Performance turning is the most commonly used method among the ultimate power gamers to extract the utmost performance out of a high quality 3D graphics card.

DirectX 8.1
FULL Open GLR ICD 1.3 support

Windows 95/98/ME/2000/XP/NT