by January 11, 1999 0 comments

Price, performance, and
features are the three broad parameters that you consider while buying a product. Taking
this into account, we decided not to declare a single winner this time. Instead,
we’ve come out with three best choices. The first is a card for the no-nonsense
gamer, willing to pay a premium for performance. The second is for a budget-conscious
buyer, willing to compromise performance for price. And a runner-up, giving all three
parameters equal importance.

For the first case, we found the Asus
AGP-V3800TVR Deluxe to be the perfect choice. An avid gamer couldn’t ask for anything
more. Great performance, a rich feature set, and a decent price is the best way to sum it.
The card comes with two games: Extreme-G2 and Turok, a pair of virtual reality glasses,
and a video-capture port with the necessary cables. The card supports all the Direct3D
features, and rocked the OpenGL Quake II tests.

uc99.JPG (8514 bytes)Asus AGP-V3800TVR Deluxe
Price: Rs 16,250
Chipset: nVidia RIVA TNT2
Video memory: 32 MB
Max refresh rate: 250 Hz at 640×480
Max resolution: 2,048×1,536
RAMDAC: 300-MHz Palette DAC
Source: Integra Micro Systems, 111 Humanyunpur, Safdarjung Enclave, New Delhi
110029. Tel/Fax: 11-6182259, 6177146, 6187246
If you’re more sensitive to price and
are looking for a card that suits your daily needs, with some light gaming as part of the
deal, then the XO AGP is the best bet.

uc99.JPG (8514 bytes)XO
AGP Card

Price:
Rs 1,650
Chipset:
SiS 6326
Video memory:
8 MB
Source:
Integra Micro Systems, 111 Humanyunpur, Safdarjung Enclave, New Delhi 110029.
Tel/Fax: 11-6182259, 6177146, 6187246

Rs 1,650
Chipset:
SiS 6326
Video memory:
8 MB
Source:
Integra Micro Systems, 111 Humanyunpur, Safdarjung Enclave, New Delhi 110029.
Tel/Fax: 11-6182259, 6177146, 6187246

The runner-up in the shootout, with an equal combination
of price, performance, and features is the ATI Rage Fury 128 with 32 MB
VRAM. The winner
in this category is again the Asus V3800. The ATI nevertheless proved to be a tough
competitor and would’ve been a great buy if priced lower. At Rs 20,000, it was the
most expensive card in the shootout. The card comes with a lot of bundled software, and
has a video-capture port.
ATI Rage Fury 128 (32 MB)
Price:
Rs 20,000
Chipset: Rage 128
Video memory: 32 MB
Max refresh rate: 200 Hz at 640×480
Max resolution: 1,920×1,200
Source: Integra Micro Systems, 111 Humanyunpur, Safdarjung Enclave, New Delhi
110029. Tel/Fax: 11-6182259, 6177146, 6187246
Other Participants
It didn’t perform as well as the other cards, but is priced well for its features.Asus AGP-V-3000ZXTV

Price: Rs 3,624

Features: Onboard video-decoder for live video from TV, VCR, etc; TV output port
for simultaneous TV and monitor display; free game Incoming

Chipset: ST/nVidia RIVA 128ZX

Video memory: 4 MB

Max refresh rate: 200 Hz at 640×480

Max resolution: 1,900×1,200

RAMDAC: 250 MHz

Source: Aditya Promoters, Khemka Centre, DDA Building, 2-5 Nehru Place, New
Delhi 110019. Tel: 11-6223810/11, 6452211/12 Fax: 6227979, 2931082

Asus
AGP-V3400TNT

Price: Rs 8,297

Features: Supports all Direct3D features; comes with a free game–Tulok

Overall an average performer. with hy refresh ratesChipset: nVidia
RIVA TNT

Video memory: 16 MB SGRAM

Max refresh rate: 250 Hz at 640×480

Max resolution: 1,920×1,200

RAMDAC: 250 MHz

Source: Aditya Promoters, Khemka Centre, DDA Building, 2-5 Nehru Place, New
Delhi 110019. Tel: 11-6223810/11, 6452211/12 Fax: 6227979, 2931082

Scored the highest points in 3DMark 99 Max and Business Winstone tests. Top-third performer but expensiveATI
Rage Fury 128 (16 MB)

Price: Rs 16,500

Features: Onboard video-decoder for live-video from TV, VCR, etc; TV output port
for simultaneous TV and monitor display.

Chipset: Rage 128

Video Memory: 16 MB

Max refresh rate: 200 Hz at 640×480

Max resolution: 19,200×1,200

RAMDAC: Information not available.

Source: Integra Micro Systems 111 Humanyunpur, Safdarjung Enclave, New Delhi
110029. Tel/Fax: 6182259, 6177146, 6187246

Creative Graphics Blaster RivaTNT

Price: Rs 12,000

Features: Comes with two games: Incoming and
Forsaken, software like Colorific for color matching and 3Deep for setting gamma values;
supports all Direct3D features.

Overall an average performer, with good features and softwareChipset: nVidia RIVA TNT

Video memory: 16 MB SDRAM

Max refresh rate: 240 at 640×480

Max resolution: 1,920×1,200

RAMDAC: 250 MHz

Source: Urja Communications 109 ‘C’, Esplanade Mansion, 144 MG Road,
Kala Ghoda, Mumbai 400001. Tel: 22-2048179, 2826997 Fax: 2826390

Volcano Voodoo
Banshee Graphic
A good performer in Direct3D tests, like 3DMark99 Max and 3D Winbench99. Doesn’t support OpenGL

Price: Rs 4,609

Chipset: 3dfx Interactive

Video memory: 16 MB

Max refresh rate: 250 Hz at 640×480

Max resolution: 1,600×1,200

RAMDAC: 300 MHz

Source: Aditya Promoters, Khemka Centre, DDA Building, 2-5 Nehru Place, New
Delhi 110019. Tel: 11- 6223810/11, 6452211/12 Fax: 6227979, 2931082

 

 

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