Canopus Spectra 2500 - Part 1

By Wilfred

Hardware One

This must be the thousandth time the Canopus Spectra 2500 is reviewed. But all the reviewers (including myself) haven't seem to have enough of this spect(r)acular video card.

It is a card designed for 2 groups of people. One will be for Voodoo 1 upgraders who're seeking the best all rounded performer that packs a heavy punch in both 2D and 3D acceleration. The other is for the high-end gamer who craze for beastly graphics performance, wanting to fulfill their fantasy of owning the Spectra and the sheer exhilaration of running it along with a pair of SLI Voodoo2 cards! (Take a look at the Spectra's .PDF advert!)

Even when the final TNT chip wasn't the V2 killer it was meant to be, this card is no pushover! It is the clever consolidation of every tried and tested innovation that Canopus' engineers have ingeniously put into their line of award winning graphics cards...

Think about this. What do you get when you put the world's fastest 2D/3D chip with a high-quality TV-Out, gamer-friendly utilities, Witchdoctor reverse passthrough (for V2s), Direct-path connector (for Pure3D IIs) as well as a stern looking metallic heatsink/fan ??? Don't know ?!

Throw in 16Mb of high speed SDRAM, the exclusive ability to run at 1920 x 1440 in 16-bit colour as well as the capability to expand with a Video-in add-on for video capture. There! You got yourself the most feature rich RivaTNT card that stands head and shoulders above the competition.


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Special Thanks to Mr Michael Tan of Convergent Systems
for the provision of the Canopus Spectra 2500.