Nvidia’s Titanium series consists of three new products, two of which are based around the GeForce3 core whereas the third heralds the return of the GeForce2 core.
GeForce3 Ti 500 - The GeForce3 Ti 500 is in essence a GeForce3 with its core clock increased by 20% to 240MHz, whereas the memory clock got a 9% boost to 250Mhz or 500MHz DDR. Naturally this makes for an overall faster graphics accelerator than the ‘old’ GeForce3. Apart from the increase in clockspeeds and the new name nothing has changed, no new features, no new add-ons. Naturally the GeForce3 Ti 500 is set to take the performance crown from the GeForce3 and provide stiff competition for ATi’s Radeon 8500 as a contender for the high-end desktop performance crown.
GeForce3 Ti 200 - The GeForce3 Ti 200 is actually the ‘budget-GeForce3’ as it features the same core as the original GeForce3 but it is clocked at 175MHz, which is 12.5% slower than that of the GeForce3. The memory is clocked at 400MHz, that is 60MHz below that of the GeForce3. As with the Geforce3 Ti 500 nothing else has changed apart from the decrease in clockspeeds and the new name, no new features, no new add-ons. This however puts the GeForce3 Ti 200 below the performance level of the ‘old’ GeForce3, a clear indication that Nvidia is aiming for the mainstream desktop market with this card.
GeForce2 Ti – The GeForce2 Ti heralds the return of the GeForce2, although clocked lower than the GeForce2 Ultra and slightly above the GeForce2 Pro, the GeForce2 Ti will deliver performance levels comparable to that of the GeForce2 Pro. So the GeForce2 Ti is basically there to close the gap and secure the performance crown in the low-end to midrange desktop market.
So what’s the deal here? By the looks of it Nvidia is playing the name-game again, as with the GeForce2 Pro, Ultra and MX they’re trying to rebrand some of their current products with a slightly increased or decreased clockspeed and naturally at a new pricepoint. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, just as long as you keep in mind that the old GeForce2 Ultra and GeForce3 offer stiff competition for Nvidia’s new Titanium series. Nvidia wouldn’t be Nvidia is they didn’t see that problem early on and thus they’ll do exactly what they did before with, for example, the GeForce2 Ultra, they’ll simply increase the price and thus manufacturers will automatically move towards the cheaper Titanium series.
Fair play? Depends on your perspective, just don’t expect that a card carrying a GPU from the Titanium series means you automatically gain in performance. If you currently own a GeForce2 Pro or Ultra or a GeForce3 there really isn’t a need to upgrade to a GeForce2 Ti or a GeForce3 Ti 500. However Nvidia will make sure that the GeForce2 Pro and Ultra as well as the GeForce3 will be quickly replaced by their Titanium series, thus is you happen to come across one at a sale, you might get a good deal on it as the Titaniums will undoubtedly be priced higher upon introduction.
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