When thinking about buying a new graphics-card, most people often only think of the big players like Elsa, Asus or Creative. But they're not the only ones producing graphics-boards - especially nVidia-based products are popping up all over the place. Most of the boards are pretty much the same since almost all manufacturers use nVidias reference-design-board - including the big players. It would however be wrong to count the less known and smaller manufacturers off - because sometimes, as is the case with Absolute Multimedias Outrageous 3D GeForce 2 GTS board, small differences can be really powerful.
Absolutely Outrageous Details
The first thing I noticed when I took the Outrageous 3D GeForce 2 GTS out of its box was its weight. Absolute Multimedia equipped its flagship with four massive memory heatsinks, two on each side of the board. These babies along with the special "ICE-BOX"-cooler-fan not only make this board a heavy-duty piece of hardware, it will also make this card overclockers best friend. (Please note that the "ICE-BOX"-cooler as well as the heatsinks can't be seen on the photos used on these pages; the press material wasn't that up to date I guess)
Now that we took it out of the box, let's talk about the installation. Even for beginners, installing an AGP-graphics-card should be no problem. Just to be sure, Absolute Multimedia included a small video detailing the installation-waypoints to video-board-heaven. As for the drivers, Absolute Multimedia is using slightly changed reference ones. Apart from stating the correct name of the board, the "CoolBits"-registry-tweak is enabled by default; another example of their dedication to the overclocker-community.
After installation, we naturally can't wait to feed the beast. Absolute Multimedia included an impressive set of software: A full version of the WinDVD 2000, one of the best software-solutions for DVD-playback, makes use of the GeForce 2 GTS' hardware motion-compensation, MusicMatch Jukebox is taking care of all multimedia-needs and last but not least, a copy of Soldier of Fortune makes the gamer happy. And as if that wasn't enough, there's still Absolute Multimedias unique "Software Choice"-program. Now what's that ? Read on and find out !