RivaTNT2 32T - Page 1
Aztech has only a modest portfolio of graphics cards,
it should be a familiar name to users of the earlier Sound
Galaxy range of audio cards. Established in 1986, the company
(a local Singapore firm) has made significant strides selling
sound cards and modems in the world markets; but more significantly,
the Aztech of today has also diversified further into manufacturing
video cards and multimedia
Having said that, we are
privileged to be provided a sample of their flagship video
card for evaluation. The Aztech RivaTNT2 32T reviewed here
is a stock non-Ultra 32Mb reference design from nVidia,
sporting TV-Out and S-Video connectors thrown in as bonuses.
chipset used for TV-Out
left: S-Video out, TV-out, Monitor out connectors
Of course, with the release
of nVidia’s GeForce and the coming of the next
generation video cards, I was not a bit thrilled by the
prospect of reviewing a dethroned
king like the TNT2. Nonetheless, the card was put through
its paces and you will soon see if the old jockey managed to
right: PowerColor Sniper TNT2 M64, Aztech RivaTNT2,
Creative Annihilator GeForce
The TNT2 has lost
its buzz with the availability of nVidia’s next generation
GeForce chip, and in this field we are more aware than
others that good things never last forever. The TNT2 has had its fair
share of glory and honour, and the time is ripe for the
speed crown to be handed over. So where does that leave the
present crop of TNT2s? Can't Moore's Law be broken?
At the rate nVidia is going
and if they will continually churn out top-performing
products, the short 6-month production cycle will mean a new
contender for the number one spot, twice annually. That is
bad news if you are undecided on the right time to splurge.
There is no better time than now.
However, the Aztech TNT2
fits in as a very cost-effective
solution with the prices driven down and the battle for the
next generation king still unfought. ‘nuff of
introduction… let’s get to the specs.