package (as with the other two Xtasy cards) only contained a
few things in addition to the card; a manual, and a driver cd
containing Nvidia's detonator drivers. No games or other software
come in any of the packages.
cards in the Ti family are almost exactly like their brethren
in either the GeForce2 or GeForce3 family, only sporting different
core and memory clock speeds. In the case of the Ti 500, this
card has a core speed of 240MHz, and a memory clock of 500Mhz
(250MHz DDR) using 3.8ns memory chips (which theoretically should
allow for frequencies up to about 520Mhz). This is only marginally
faster than the original GeForce 3 which was originally clocked
at 200MHz core, and 460MHz RAM.
Xtasy boards in this line up sport the same cooling scheme.
Two blue heatsinks for the memory chips as well a matching blue
heatsink and fan on top of the core. These heatsinks did not
look as big as the ones found on the earlier GeForce3 from visiontek.
board also comes with TV out as well as a DVI connector for
LCDs. The TV out is done by way of the very popular chip from
Conexant. The DVI display is powered by Silicon Image's Sil165CT64
chip which located on the backside of the board.
overclocking we tested the card for one hour playing loops 3D
maximum core overclock that we were able to achieve without
applying some type of super cooling was about 250MHz, 10MHz
over the stock speed. The memory was able to go as high as 550MHz
which is about 30Mhz DDR, or 15MHz effective over its theoretical