NVIDIA GeForce2/3 Titanium Roundup - January 2002by Matthew Witheiler on January 30, 2002 9:33 PM EST
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When NVIDIA announced their GeForce Titanium product line in October of last year, choosing the right video card for your system became infinitely more difficult. Moving in the same direction that NVIDIA moved in with the GeForce2 MX series cards, the Titanium series GeForce cards segmented NVIDIA's GeForce2/3 product line into no less than 12 distinct chips: GeForce3 Ti 500, GeForce3, GeForce3 Ti 200, GeForce2 Ti 200, GeForce2 Ti, GeForce2 Ultra, GeForce2 Pro, GeForce2 GTS, GeForce2 MX 400, GeForce2 MX, GeForce2 MX 200, and GeForce2 Go. The immense product line left user's heads spinning when put to the task of choosing which GeForce2/3 card to use.
Things don't necessarily get easier once a particular chip is decided upon. Sure, once you know what NVIDIA chip you want in your system the playing field is narrowed. The problem you are now faced with is deciding what manufacturer you want to go with. With NVIDIA's success in the market, it seems that there are almost a limitless number of GeForce2/3 solutions out there; from small Taiwanese companies to large North America corporations.
Choosing what manufacturer to go with is often the most difficult part of the game. Many cards based on the same chip share similar features and essentially identical speed. Some users are left making decisions by how the box looks. Others narrow down their desired card by price.
This is where AnandTech can step in and offer you a helping hand. We took a collection of 17 NVIDIA Titanium series video cards and compared them to each other The collection consists of: ten (10) GeForce3 Ti 500 cards, four (4) GeForce3 Ti 200 cards, and three (3) GeForce2 Ti 200 cards. We gathered these cards from a variety of popular graphics card manufacturers in order to represent a diverse group of products. All this was done in an attempt to help you, the consumer, find the right NVIDIA GeForce Titanium series card for you.
Before you continue reading, bear in mind that the goal of this roundup is only to help determine which card within a series is best. We recommend that you read up on the Titanium product line just in case you need a refresher on the GeForce2/3 Titanium cards, as the details and benefits of each chip are discussed here.