Erazor X and X2
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The box design is attractive though less eye-catching compared
to the stark-black Creative Annihilator boxes.
it, you will find the Erazor X being one rare board that
differed from nVidia’s reference design. It comes on a
trimmed PCB affixed with 4 pieces of Samsung 5.5ns SDRAM
(instead of the widely-adopted ESMT) and no TV-Out support. In
fact, it looks very much like its high-end Gloria II sibling, with a
stubby fan/heatsink combo mounted.
Front: Erazor X SDR using non-reference design
Erazor X SDR
ELSA’s Erazor X2 DDR board did not come on another
‘in-house’ designed board. Instead, it utilized the
reference layout you are familiar with. ELSA also did away with the mostly redundant
VMI/VIP connectors and threw in great TV-Out support instead!
The 'integrated' active heatsink is similar to that of Creative’s (see
Erazor X2 DDR using nVidia's reference design
Erazor X2 DDR
Places Of Birth
from the above observations, if you care at all, the ‘Made in France’ vs the
‘Made in Taiwan’ sticker differentiated the origins of the
X and the X2 respectively.
birthplace: SDR in France and...
DDR in Taiwan
Besides the TV-Out S-Video-to-Composite converter cable for
the X2 and the CD bundle, you will be delighted to actually
see a great set of printed manuals.
Guide and Manual
may not matter to most veteran card-swappers, but it is
reassuring to see the efforts invested for good documentation
in 3 different languages.
In fact, I found myself obliged to
read the text. Frivolous as it might seem, here’s some steps
they put down for a newbie:
Possible’ was printed in bold, with the purpose of
alleviating fears a newbie might have. Indeed, the attention to detail
is amazing! Kudos to ELSA!
a step back
Install the standard VGA drive for your operating
system. This will guard against any driver conflict between
the old and the new graphics boards. You can find out how to
do this on the pages that follow.
the first move
Disconnect your PC from the mains power supply before
you open the housing! Before doing this, briefly touch the
metal housing of the computer to draw off any electrostatic
to the heart of things
Remove all retaining screws or release the catches for
the PC housing, and remove the cover.
with the old…
Before inserting your new board, you should first reveal
a slot by removing the blind bracket, or remove your old
care when removing the board. If your computer was just
running, the graphics processor may be very hot. Please let
the board cool before removing it and avoid touching the
board’s components under any circumstances.
and in with the new
Insert the graphics board into the right slot on the
main board and screw the mounting bracket to the housing.
Close the PC and screw back the housing.
Plug in the monitor cable and reconnect the computer to
the power supply wit hthe power cord.
final stage: the ELSA driver
Now install the ELSA driver for your operating system,
as described in the pages which follow.
the 48 page Installation Guide comprising 3 languages, there
is another neatly bound Manual that spans 38 pages per
language, covering technical data, software drivers and
tweaks, plus the TV-out functions on the DDR card.
Impression In Summary
struck me again that ELSA’s focus is not
merely producing the cheapest generic board for the mass
market. They stand out in the crowd for their dedication to
quality, having carried this philosophy from their roots in
the workstation market. And even so, the retail price of the
Erazor X SDR and X2 DDR remains competitive at S$399 and
S$499 respectively (not forgetting that the X2
comes with a high-quality
Brooktree 869KF TV-out).
let's get down to more details.