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Which GF3 to buy?

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Berg

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Joined
May 1, 2001
Question for you. Elsa has dropped their price to the same as the VisionTek's. Herc's card is still a 30 bucks more but my question is: Elsa has the 3.8 ns, released 2 weeks later then the others, but always had improved on Nvidia's Ref Boards. VisionTek also has the 3.8 ns DDR, 1st to ship, but a cheesy fan. Or the last is Herc's w/o the 3.8 ns(4.0) but the killer Blue Orb fan already installed. I know the DDR difference makes a gap in overclocking. I saw people at x-bit labs overclock the VisionTek to 240/540 because of the DDR but without stock cooling. Where to turn? Just wanted an unbiased opinion of which to invest into.

 

Placid

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Mar 13, 2001
Location
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If plan to overclock maybe the hercules.
Since it already has a modified blue orb.
Or buy the visiontek and add a blue orb.
I dont think you will go wrong with any of the 3 boards you list.
 

Jason

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Joined
Apr 15, 2001
Berg (May 01, 2001 11:05 p.m.):
Question for you. Elsa has dropped their price to the same as the VisionTek's. Herc's card is still a 30 bucks more but my question is: Elsa has the 3.8 ns, released 2 weeks later then the others, but always had improved on Nvidia's Ref Boards. VisionTek also has the 3.8 ns DDR, 1st to ship, but a cheesy fan. Or the last is Herc's w/o the 3.8 ns(4.0) but the killer Blue Orb fan already installed. I know the DDR difference makes a gap in overclocking. I saw people at x-bit labs overclock the VisionTek to 240/540 because of the DDR but without stock cooling. Where to turn? Just wanted an unbiased opinion of which to invest into.


always go hercules and sand down the bottom of the factory orb on it :) youll get great performance
 

Sony

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May 2, 2001
I say Hercules, all my friends have had good luck with them, they are good at overclocking and reliable. My friend has his Hercules 3D Prophet II GTS overclocked by I don't know how much but his AMD Athlon thunderbird 1ghz
chip is overclocked to 1.33ghz but I don't know what the multiplier settings are.
 

Nagorak

Senior Member
Joined
Dec 19, 2000
I'd say Hercules, but go with their 3D Prophet 4500 instead of their 3D Prophet III.
 

Stolid

Member
Joined
Jan 7, 2001
Visiontek, you can upgrade the fan easily, upgrading the memory is a bit more difficult. They're a pretty good name in my experience, and those .2 ns just might be the edge you want for Aquanox later. Hercules may be a good brand, but I'll go with the good brand that has better equipment.

Stolid