Creative 3DBlaster GeForce Annihilator - Page 2

Initial Impression
Well, I did have a glimpse of what I was getting myself into, whilst at the shop. With no game bundle and utilizing a reference board looking design that features only a standard 15pin VGA output, I guessed Creative’s strategy to be the first launch customer was fulfilled but at the expense of any extras. Rumours abound that Creative will be coming out with other 'variations' with extra icings.

In terms of design, I believe it simply follows a standard reference one. Just like its TNT2 predecessor, it also comes with an inbuilt cooling fan + heatsink combo (rated at 12V / 0.06A), but possessing a slightly wider surface area for increased heat dissipation. It is good to know that the fan doesn’t intrude into the adjacent PCI slot.  However, knowing my inanely curious nature, I may opt to plug in a larger heatsink/fan combo if I’m not satisfied with the overclocking results ;P

First let’s see the highlights of the Creative GeForce 256 board features (taken straight off the manual):

  • Nvidia GeForce graphics engine with 256-bit wide graphics architecture

  • 350MHz RAMDAC for outstanding image quality

  • 32MB SDRAM

  • 480 million pixels/sec, bilinear filtered

  • 2.6 GB/s total memory bandwidth

  • AGP 4x with Fast Writes

  • Transform and Lighting engine – Graphics performance scales with GPU not CPU

  • Four rendering pipelines capable of delivering 4 pixels per clock

  • Cube environment mapping in hardware, fully supported by DX7 and OpenGL

  • Complete DX7 support

  • 100% hardware triangle setup

  • Texture Blend support: multi-texture, bump map, light maps, reflection maps, detail textures

  • Backend blend: 32 bit ARGB rendering with destination alpha; Point sample, bilinear, and 8-tap anistropic filtering

  • Per pixel perspective correct texture mapping: Fog, Light, Mipmapping

  • 32-bit Z/Stencil

  • 8-bit stencil buffer

  • Full scene anti-aliasing

  • Video acceleration for DirectShow, MPEG-1, MPEG-2 and Indeo

  • X and Y smooth up and down scaling with filtering

  • Per-pixel colour keying

  • Video window with hardware colour space correction and filtering (YUV 4:2:2 and 4:2:0)

  • Supports VIP 2.0 specs

  • AGP 2X; AGP 4X with Fast Writes

  • Motion Compensation for MPEG-2 decoding

 

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