The Results- ATI, Matrox, and S3

ATI cards

Unlike NVIDIA based cards, where multiple manufacturers make the cards, ATI's ability to produce their own products provided for standardization around the board. Take a look at the table below, noting that each card comes with SBA enabled.

Card
SBA state
133 MHz
148 MHz
133 MHz SBA off
148 MHz SBA off
Enabled
Pass
Pass
Enabled
Pass
Fail
Fail

All In Wonder 128 Pro

Enabled
Pass
Pass

It seems that ATI cards are a bit less picky when it comes to working in overclocked systems with SBA enabled. The only card which failed our 148 MHz FSB test was the Rage Fury MAXX. At this speed, one of the two processors onboard the MAXX appears to have failed, as only 1/2 of the Quake III Arena scenes were being rendered. This made for quite an interesting display.

Matrox cards

Although Matrox cards are not considered the ideal solution for gamers, many still hold on to them for their superior 2D quality. Let's take a look and see how these cards perform in overclocked systems.

Card
SBA state
133 MHz
148 MHz
133 MHz SBA off
148 MHz SBA off
Enabled
Pass
Pass
Enabled
Pass
Fail
Fail

G200

Enabled
Pass
Pass

It is nice to know that the most game worthy of the Matrox cards, the G400 Max, seems to have no problem running in overclocked systems.

S3 cards

Of all the cards tested, we experienced the worst results with the Savage 2000. This card refused to boot when at 148 MHz or 133 MHz This is one card you don't want to put in a BX-133 system.

Card
SBA state
133 MHz
148 MHz
133 MHz SBA off
148 MHz SBA off
?
Fail
Fail
The Results- NVIDIA Based Cards Continued The Results- 3dfx

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