I have both the Elsa Gloria III and the Elsa Gloria DCC, and the Gloria DCC has a 70 to 150 percent boost in performance compared to the Gloria III in DCC applications that I use every day. I hope you are more careful in your future comparisons as these reviews may turn potential buyers away from good products.
V.P., Energy Transport Technologies
The Elsa Gloria DCC wasn't commercially available when we commenced reviewing the GeForce3 card. In any case, the purpose behind this particular article was to see how the GeForce3, a popular "gamers" graphics board, could handle professional 3D applications. Certainly this was a question on the minds of many of our readers-especially as the GeForce3, at $400 or less, is appealingly affordable. (The Gloria DCC, for example, lists at $999.) The GeForce3 actually did quite well-our author notes the absence of support from 3D applications rather than a lack of performance on the card's part. In any case, we're glad you mentioned the Elsa Gloria DCC. Look for a review of it in the months to come.
While I typically enjoy the non-platform based reviews that you publish, I was rather disappointed when I read the review of the Nvidia GeForce3 on pg. 60 of the September 2001 issue. You stated that the minimum system requirements for the board were an Intel or AMD-based machine with an AGP slot supporting Windows 98/NT/ME/2000.
I have had an Nvidia GeForce3 in my Apple Graphite 733mhz G4 since it was unboxed five months ago. It has been the only 3D card that could replace my 3DFX Voodoo5 board, including the GeForce2.
Now, if only we could convince Nvidia that it needs to mature its drivers before introducing a new generation-and abandoning its previous generation-of video cards, we would really have something here.
You're absolutely right. The author had noted that both Macintosh and Linux support were available, and this statement was removed due to an editing error. We're glad your G4 has been ignoring our minimum specifications.
The Liquid Faces plug-in listed on pg. 82 of the August 2001 issue runs on Windows, Linux, and Irix operating systems. The correct name of the manufacturer is Eyetronics at www.eyetronics.com.
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