ASUS Riva TNT2 Ultra Deluxe - Page 4

Performance
Now 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.

The test system was thus configured :

  • Intel Pentium 3 450MHz
  • ABIT BH6 (LN BIOS)
  • 128 MB SDRAM 
  • IBM 10G 5400rpm HDD
  • ASUS Riva TNT2 Ultra Deluxe (V2.09 Beta1 Drivers)
  • 64Mb AGP Aperture size 
  • Sony 200ES 17"
  • Sound Blaster AWE 64

Below is the V1.91 driver panel :

I noticed that using the V2.09 beta drivers yielded higher scores in 3D Mark 99 Max (800*600, 16bit). The difference was about 4%. 

Using 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 VR glasses. 

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.

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