We all know the pattern by now. Yet another company sends out yet another almost identical GeForce3 video card, based on the reference design so painstakingly that we all begin to wonder why we bother reviewing more than one of the series; and you start reading it, go straight to the benchmarks, find nothing new, and ultimately decide it's all a matter of what costs more and what company has the best reputation. But occasionally, if you're lucky, one of the companies producing GeForce3 cards surprises us and gives us something that distinguishes itself in some way; and the folks at OCZ have done just that.
Having less of a history to rely on in competing with companies like Guillemot/Hercules, Leadtek, and ELSA, OCZ knew it would have to set itself apart from the others if it wanted to wow anyone with its GeForce3 offering. And having evaluated and tested the card, we can say that we were sufficiently wowed. Choosing to cater to people who want to squeeze every last frame per second out of whatever video card they're using, and who are willing to void their warrantees to do so, OCZ has created a GeForce3 card built specifically with overclockers in mind, as this is the target market of most of their products.
Having found a card that is sufficiently different from other GeForce3's, we will focus on the differences. The basic features that are common to all GeForce3 cards have been covered more than enough times that most of you will just skip over them anyway. So rather than beat a dead horse, bury it, dig it up, and beat it all over again, I'll just refer you to our recent ELSA Gladiac 920 review, in which Vince Freeman more than adequately covered the basics. This review will focus on what makes the OCZ Titan 3 different.
For starters, let's take a look at what you get when you buy an OCZ Titan 3 GeForce3 cards.