ELSA Erazor X and X2 - Page 5

Overclocking
In search for the overclocking limits of the DDR card, you will face a little setback that the X2 drivers do not come tailored for this function. However, this should not pose any problems for season tweakers and you can depend on ever popular Entech Powerstrip, or simply get nVidia's reference drivers for the job.

Nevertheless, the first phase of testing that ensued were carried out with nVidia’s 3.53 Detonator drivers as a base gauge for the 4 cards (Creative Annihilator SDR, Creative Annihilator PRO DDR, ELSA Erazor X SDR and Erazor X2 DDR).

The cards were put through the entire suite of 3D WinBench 2000 tests, batch testing using 3DMark 2000 in resolutions ranging from 640x480 to 1024x768, as well as Quake III Arena timedemos for 3 different quality modes at 4 resolutions (640x480, 800x600, 1024x768 and 1280x1024) to determine their ‘overclockability’.

Erazor X
The card came on a very different PCB layout from nVidia’s reference design, but it did not really bring anything innovative to the table.

There is no fanciful TV-out onboard as ELSA went the way of a clean and simple design. "Then why fix it when it ain’t broke," you ask. Does it deliver anything extra? We first look at the success of overclocking:


The Erazor X at an angle


Close-up look at the huge capacitors on the Erazor X


Stubby fan mounted upon heatsink. SEC SDRAM chips


Rear Bracket

Creative Annihilator SDR Overclocking
120/166MHz (default)
- passed all tests

135/180MHz - passed all tests

135/183MHz - passed Q3A and 3D WinBench 2000, hung in 3D Mark 2000

140/190MHz - passed Q3A, but hung in bother 3D WinBench 2000 and 3D Mark 2000

ELSA Erazor X SDR Overclocking
120/166MHz (default)
- passed all tests

135/180MHz - passed all tests

135/183MHz - passed all tests

140/190MHz - Windows desktop corrupts and system hangs.

Impressive enough, the Erazor X seem to edge out the Annihilator by a teeny bit in terms of overclocking stability, sustaining up to 135/183MHz, while the latter made it to 135/180MHz. It is important to note that your mileage may vary and I conclude that both cards are just as capable.

Erazor X2
It seems that ELSA was pressed to release this board, so as to match competitors who had shifted shipment before the end of December last year. Perhaps, this explains the employment of the reference design.


Active heatsink combo


Infineon 6ns DDR SGRAM


Rear bracket with both video-out and TV-out connectors

Affixed on the board are 8 pieces of the same Infineon 6ns DDR SGRAM you'll find on every shipping GeForce PRO card. Thus, it would not be surprising if there are no significant differences in performance nor overclockability compared to other cards.

Here’s a breakdown on how the Erazor X2 performed in terms of overclockability, against the Creative Annihilator PRO.

Creative Annihilator PRO DDR
120/301MHz (default)
- passed all tests

145/360MHz - passed all tests, but encountered minor and sporadic Q3A menu screen corruption.

150/360MHz - texture ‘sparkling’ in 3D Mark 2000 , hung near the completion of test.

ELSA Erazor X2
120/301MHz (default)
- passed all tests

145/360MHz - passed all tests, but encountered minor and sporadic Q3A menu screen corruption. Very slight texture ‘sparkling’ in 3D Mark 2000.

150/360MHz - texture ‘sparkling’ in 3D Mark 2000, hung near the completion of tests.

You get particularly anxious whenever you have to take things this far. At 145/360MHz, both cards were seemingly stressed out; but they performed admirably and completed all the benchmarks I threw at them.

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