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  • The Olympics are over.

    Done, dusted and if you were a member of the Romanian gymnastics team you were probably busted. Basically all that fun jam-packed into a three week period once every four years leaves something left wanting in your stomach doesn't it? Something a little more than the follow-on of the Paralympics… So if you're looking for yet more Olympic coverage and more from the Pocket Hercules look no further than today's decathlon proportion-like event. You see, we've carried the torch for 3D video cards for two years now, all the way from London to Los Angeles and then finally on to Sharky Extreme HQ in San Jose, the venue for our own 3D Video Card Olympics with a difference.

    The stakes are just as high but with you guys/girls being the judges we'll come clean. Banned substances have been used, we're talking cans and cans and yet more cans of Red Bull, plenty of crusty Pizza. Don't hold it against us but we're taken some of the very best 3D cards that we've received over the past couple of months and slotted them into two high-end 1GHz systems sponsored by golden AMD and Intel CPUs… We're talking really good tools here, almost as good as Michael Johnson's golden runners.

    Yes, masochists that we are, we stayed late all week to bring you this, dare we say it (yes!), groovy round-up of all the high-end video cards currently on the market. From the wide variety of GeForce2 GTS cards to the RADEON and Voodoo5, we did massive amounts of benchmarking and research to bring you this article today.

    We've spent a good couple of weeks planning for this event so here is the game plan. We will start with an introduction to the various technologies from three of the world's best 3D chip companies, NVIDIA, ATI and 3dfx and then move on to taking a close look at what criteria is included in the following categories: Performance, Image Quality, Full-scene Anti Aliasing (FSAA), DVD Performance/Quality, Ease of Use Installation and Price/Value.

    Finally, we'll move on to a more in-depth look at each card, in alphabetical order, and then we will present a detailed breakdown of how we chose our winner. Sit down with a can of Red Bull, the official SE-High End Video Card Olympic drink (don't let us catch you drinking sissy mountain dew or we'll throw you off the premises just like people caught drinking Pepsi in Sydney) and let the games of the 1st Video Card Olympiad begin.

    The contenders are, in alphabetical order:

    3dfx Voodoo5 5500 AGP 64MB SDR
    ASUS AGP-V7700 Deluxe 32MB DDR
    Creative Labs Annihilator 2 32MB DDR
    Hercules 3D Prophet II GTS 32MB DDR
    Leadtek WinFast GeForce2 GTS 32MB DDR
    PowerColor PowerGene GTS 2 32MB DDR

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