Elsa Erazor 3 + Revelator 3D Glasses - Page 5

Elsa Revelator
Well, the Revelator simply comes with a CD-ROM disc containing drivers / control utilities for the glasses. The software control options are quite easily accessible by just pressing a Hot-Key to access it, even whilst playing games. We’ll dwell a bit more on the controls later.

However, the Elsa card has a great utility called “Stereo 3D Viewer” bundled with it that allows one to view stereoscopic in-game screenshots (captured via a Hot-Key) at your own leisure. Basically, the screen capture program simply stores the 2 slightly ‘misaligned’ images separately and the Stereo 3D viewer recombines / overlays them. Pretty neat and one can typically store and later view any Direct 3D image in stereoscopic mode!

Just set me up, Baby!

Elsa Erazor 3 In Particular
In order to judge each by their own merit, we will start off first with the Erazor 3 and see how it performs as a TNT2 graphics card. But firstly, here are the system specs used for testing below. Note that the stereoscopic mode was turned off to ensure that the card ran at fastest speeds possible:

First, my initial system specs for the benchmarks:

  • P3 450 @ 558MHz (4.5 x 124MHz)

  • 128MB LGS RAM

  • ABIT BH6 MB (LH BIOS)

  • 01 x 13GB Quantum CR Ultra-ATA66 HDD (5400 rpm); 01 x 10.1 GB Seagate Ultra-ATA66 HDD (5400rpm); 01 x 6.4GB IBM HDD (5400rpm)

  • Elsa Erazor 3 (TNT2 / 32MB onboard) with latest Elsa 2.08 based drivers (v4.11.01-0200-0022); Default settings with core/mem settings at 125/140; BIOS V3.01

  • 01 x Sony 6X DVD-ROM drive

  • 12MB CL V2 SLI

  • SBLive!! Deluxe (Liveware 2.1 drivers)

  • VirataLink 1025 ATM card

  • 17” Mitsubishi DiamondScan 70 monitor (0.28 dpi)

  • Win 98SE

  • Ambient Temperature of 27 degrees Celsius.

Tune me and burn, kid!!

Overclockability
Similar to my previous Spectra 5400PE review, I tested the card on 2 forms of overclockability:

AGP bus-speed: Setting my P3 450 at 558MHz, rendered an AGP bus-speed of 41.33MHz (ie. 124 / 3 MHz). I’m glad to say that similar to my V770, the Elsa Erazor 3 was stable and passed all benchmarks without problems at the overclocked speed.

Chip Core / Mem clock speeds: By default, the core/mem speeds are set at 125/140. This is quite low as compared to a reference board setting of 125/150. On trying to overclock it using Powerstrip 2.51, the following was achieved:

  • 160/165 = Hung after 30min during Q3Test benchmarking

  • 160/170 = Produced strange artifacts and texture breakage in 3D Mark 99 Max

  • 165/165 = Hung about 10 secs into benchmarking Q3Test

  • 158/165 = Stable throughout all tests

Hence, 158/165 was the maximum attainable clock settings for the card. The max mem speed is quite low considering my V770 (non-Ultra) achieved 192 easily. Whilst the core is similar to my V770’s TNT2 chip, the slower 7ns mem just couldn’t be clocked much higher than 165.

In summary, the card is a decent overclocker that can handle higher bus-speeds. However, its slower mem rating has severely limited its overclockability, at least relative to my V770. Although, let’s see how fast it runs despite this bottleneck.

The Need for Speed…

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