The pads we were sent to review are the Black and the Clear speed pads, there are other funky colors available such as yellow, green and transparent blue. On opening the thin cardboard sleeve that survived its trip from Germany quite nicely I was greeted with these nice looking pads, the Speed pads are reminiscent of Everglides Gigantica pads but are much much thinner.
Of the cards tested, your attention will most likely be riveted on the MSI
and Abit cards, both of which feature some pretty funky cooling solutions.
MSI's TOPTech cooling system you've already seen in our 4600-8X article, and
we were gratified to find that MSI didn't downgrade their cooling for the
lower end card. The beautiful monstrosity sitting atop the Siluro 4200 card
is Abit's latest pride and joy. The OTES acronym stands for Outside Thermal
Exhaust System and you can see that herein lies the precusor, if not the
inspiration, for the GeForce FX's cooler.
Overclocking the VT2D8X and finding the most stable maximum setting took next to no time at all. A speed of 325MHZ graphics core and 702MHz memory is the best I was able to achieve. Compared to the stock timings of 300-Core/650-Memory, these numbers are not really staggering. Since the Ti4800 is the high-end chipset of the GeForce lineup, this falls into the standard pattern of performance we've seen in the past with cards that have reached the end of their headroom.
So what else is so special about this card you ask? This thing is an absolute BEAST with the Zalman cooler pre-installed and the clock speeds of this card are at almost insane levels. Well above any current product shipping from ATI. From OCSystem, the card comes clocked at a whopping 415MHz Core and 730MHz Memory. If you were looking for the highest performing card available today, this would be it.
Even having a high performance mouse pad may not be enough to get super slick response out of your mouse. What do you need then? Perhaps this new product from the makers of the X-Trac mouse pads may be it. Enter, X-Trac Eels. Continue on as we take a look at this new contender in the Teflon tape arena.