let us look at the performance of this TNT2 Ultra
card. Like many of its counterparts, it runs at a
core/memory frequency of 150/183MHz.
system was thus configured :
- Intel Pentium
- ABIT BH6 (LN BIOS)
- 128 MB SDRAM
- IBM 10G 5400rpm
- ASUS Riva TNT2
Ultra Deluxe (V2.09 Beta1 Drivers)
- 64Mb AGP Aperture
- Sony 200ES 17"
- Sound Blaster
is the V1.91 driver panel :
that using the V2.09 beta drivers yielded higher scores
in 3D Mark 99 Max (800*600, 16bit). The difference
was about 4%.
the new beta drivers provides some new features in
the VR Display setting as well. For example, you can
choose between Line Interleaving and Page Flipping.
Although I don't like
the idea of using beta drivers, the V2.09 beta drivers
appear to be stable. My system ran 3D Mark in an infinite
loop overnight without crashing. The beta drivers also
fixed compatibility problems with D3D games for the
I'm sure you have seen
tons of benchmarks on how the TNT2 Ultra performs in
games like Quake 2/3. Therefore, I didn't find it necessary
to benchmark the card on these games. Below is a screenshot
for posterity though. Click on it for the full image.
The image quality was
great! Even when I sweetened the gamplay with the whole
suit of of eye candy, the game was still very playable
using 32bit colors at 1024*768.
In 3D Mark,
It can be seen that the
ASUS TNT2 Ultra easily beats my Matrox Mystique G200(8Mb).
In Final Reality, it
scored an overall of 4.30 reality marks.
This TNT2 Ultra card
has no performance/quality problems associated with
the games I have tried it on. This is true even with
high visual detail levels.