Chaintech GT61 Special Edition Graphics card

This graphics card is definitely aimed at the hardcore enthusiast who wants the latest and greatest, regardless of price. It features NVIDIA's fastest GPU - the GeForce4 Titanium 4600 - comes with 128MB of DDR SDRAM and can provide resolutions up to 2048x1536 with 32-bit colour depth at a refresh rate of 60Hz. Its clock speed is 300MHz, while the memory runs at a blistering 650MHz.

The bracket connections include a standard VGA port, a DVI port and an S-Video port that can be used for TV-out and TV-in functions. Heatsinks are attached to each memory chip, and a heatsink and fan are used to cool the GPU itself.

The card was tested on an AMD Athlon XP 2000+ based system, running a Gigabyte GA-7DXR+ motherboard and 512MB of DDR SDRAM under Windows XP Home. At the card's default clock and memory speed, 3DMark 2001 SE scored 10040 marks, and in Quake III it clocked 140fps at a resolution of 1600x1200 with 32-bit colour depth.

Inexperienced users should take note. This card comes with an overclocking utility, and Chaintech makes it clear in the documentation that if you play with this utility - which can manipulate the chip and memory speeds up to 375MHz and 815MHz, respectively - and you end up damaging your card, the warranty will be voided. Pushing the memory speed up too high will cause visual artefacting and lead to instability. Proper cooling measures should be employed.

In brief:

Chaintech GT61 Special Edition

Will provide great gaming performance at high resolutions and is perfect for enthusiasts who look to get the absolute most from their graphics hardware.

Price: $799.

Phone: (02) 8748 8891.

(08) 9244 2888.

URL: www.protac.com.au.

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Elias Plastiras

Elias Plastiras

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