|Canopus Spectra 2500 - Part 6
You want 32-bit true colour? Here's
Incoming running at your dreamed resolution. Everything was crisp and beautifully
After vigorously testing and using the Canopus Spectra 2500 as
my daily video card for a week, I felt that I had deprive Michael of his happiness long
enough and ought to return it already. :P
It wasn't so much a tearful farewell, but I can already
feel the diminished power in my system (I'm getting better at exaggerating!) the moment I
pulled it out of the AGP slot!
The Spectra stood well in all the tests I field it in. In the OpenGL tests using
Quake 2, it was scoring close to the Voodoo2 at 640 X 480, but it gracefully rose to the
occasion as we upped the resolution to 800 X 600. Beyond that, the single V2 could not
When using Forsaken as the Direct3D benchmark tests, the
Spectra 2500 has absolutely no match at all. It holds the D3D throne with a mind blowing
framerate of 135.18 fps.
Experimenting with all the clock rates, I had found that the
120/105mhz setting was the best and most reliable. Using this clock setting, the card
completed all the tests beautifully and competently.
However, for most users, I wouldn't recommend overclocking
the Spectra's default 112/95mhz clock. The Spectra already runs everything beautifully
without overclocking. The excess heat and the added instability will not be worth it.
Who is it for ???
This must be the most exciting board since the debut of the V2. In fact, this IS
THE MOST EXCITING TNT board that will be hitting town soon!
Expected to debut at a price point of S$350 - S$375, its
rich feature set and explosive performance is going to give the competition a run for
But the question still lingers... who is it for exactly?
Well, GLIDE games are still in abundance and GLIDE
continues to be the choiced API for many game developers. So if you're very into gaming,
you WILL still want a Voodoo 2 card to stick around in your PC. Otherwise, you must pray
very hard that D3D will quickly establish itself in all game segments now that DirectX6 is
I think Canopus understands that the Voodoo2 still has lots
of shelf life left and will remain as the gamer's favourite 3D card. So aside from telling
people what everyone already knew the Spectra to be - the BEST 2D/3D solution you can find
- they are once again positioning it as the ultimate companion for the V2 (something which
the WitchDoctor was a test bed for).
Coupled with a reverse passthrough and a direct-path
connector, Canopus wants to attract the hardcore gamers who can't get enough of their
Voodoo2 boards. The Spectra gives them a reason to lust for a 21" display with its
max resolution of 1920 X 1440 and the promise of unparalleled screen clarity using
WitchDoctor technology. Finally, it'll bring to everyone the opportunity of big screen
gaming for ALL games.... D3D and GLIDE inclusive.
If you think you can picture yourself as one of these
chaps, the Spectra has found its master.
Special Thanks to Mr
Michael Tan of Convergent Systems
for the provision of the Canopus Spectra 2500.