Inno3D iChill GTX275 ReviewRHKCommander959 - May 12, 2009
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Opening up the Installation Kit reveals the installation software and a very basic method of installation. The disk is very generic and comes with older 177 drivers for the video card, Direct X 9.0, a manual, and Badaboom. Generally, it’s a good idea to use the latest drivers direct from the manufacturer's website; these old drivers won't be used in this review. Installation is a breeze for all of the software; Badaboom is only a trial program, however. Once the Nvidia drivers are installed, users can adjust an array of settings for anything graphical, including settings for each game, many monitor settings - including, but not limited to, orientation, resolution, color adjustment - and more. The video card can also be overclocked and the fan speed adjusted through the performance tab, and a stability test is also built in to check how well the system is running. The test can be run from a couple minutes up to two days, with five options (CPU, Memory, PCI-E Bus, Disk, and GPU) that can be run together or individually.
Badaboom is a converter and compression program to transform DVDs and other media onto compact devices, such as the iPhone, or even to the Internet through the likes of YouTube. The main point of this program is that it does the process of conversion faster than competing programs with help from the Nvidia architecture.
One of the two free games, Warmonger, is already free to download but comes in at a hefty size of basically a CD; for some that could take a while, but high speed Internet makes it easy. The game itself is simple – shoot, duck, run, jump. Graphics boosted by PhysX with flags that can be torn up, walls and floors that can be shot up with realistic effects – a great looking game, but very basic too. The game now uses GameSpy’s Comrade service to play online, with offline quick matches against bots also being an option.
Running the game with settings at the max on this system is extremely easy and smooth; the cloth is tearable, fire looks realistic, and lighting effects also fill the atmosphere with realism as tiles reflect and show texture. Some walls and floors can be shot through to reveal secret pathways that can be used to flank opponents. Overall the game looks good, but it’s really just a quick FPS with a handful of weapons and two teams – Red versus Blue.
The next game that came with the video card is called Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts, a Strategy game. Installation is again easy, during which a game clip loops continuously showing tanks and troops running around.
Many features are locked, requiring other Company of Heroes games (Tales of Valor) to be owned. To be capable of online play, users must go through a barrage of updates, some larger than 100MB; all the while the downloading will cease if the screen loses focus, only to resume again when focus is given back to it. Once finally installed and ready for play, the game resembles the board game Risk without the countries, or the Command & Conquer series. The game is a three-dimensional Real Time Strategy game set in World War 2.
Now that the card is unloaded and software installed, it's time to take a look at technical details about the card, and start testing it!