We have an interesting product for review today. It is the Synergy
II from Elsa. Since I have not already reviewed any Elsa
products I feel that I should do a background of the company.
That is basically what this intro is. So, if you are not interested
in that you should just skip to the review section. The graphics
card biz is a market in which Elsa first entered when they were
founded in 1984. They have always been considered a market leader
in workstation graphics and are continuing that reputation,
to this day. They are based in Aachen, Germany and do much more
business in Europe than in the USA. Elsa is one of the biggest
if not the biggest player in the graphics card industry in Europe.
You may not have heard of them, but their U.S operations are
really gained a lot of popularity with their Elsa ERAZOR
II, based on the TNT2 chipset. They have continued that
trend and have really started to make a big dent in the US market.
I felt that I should mention that in Europe that produce a whole
line of products. So as you can see the European market is big
to their success. I hope that someday they bring those products
to the US, so that I can review more Elsa products. Well anyway
back to the Elsa company info. They start their operations in
the US in 1989, that is 10 long years ago. So, there is not
really any reason for you not to have heard of them. As I was
saying earlier, Europe and Asia are big markets for them as
they have 40 U.S. employees and 550 employees worldwide. I think
that fact speaks for itself. Last year they recorded $168 million
US dollars in revenue which is not bad at all. They are also
publicly traded on the Neuer Markt of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange,
for those of you that want to buy some stock in this great company!
Onto the review………finally….=).
section should always be small because if the product is not
easy to install then the company didn’t spend time on it. At
least, that is how I view it because the end-user is the one
that suffers. I opened up my case and easily removed my tnt2
and inserted my Elsa SYNERGY II. It went into the AGP
slot easily. I had no problems installing drivers from the CD
that Elsa provided me with. That’s it. Nothing more to say on
this because it was so easy. That means that you can expect
a good product. (Here is a pic of the SYNERGY II box