ELSA

ELSA, a German graphics card manufacturer, began in the professional market but moved more into the consumer market in the 1990s and still exist in this market today. They had a strong partnership with S3 and later with nVidia during the DOS and early Windows era.

 

Winner 1000

Launched: 1996
Chipset: S3 Trio64V2/DX (86C775)
Bus: PCI
Core Clock: 65 MHz
Memory: 1 MB or 2 MB EDO SDR
Memory Clock: 65 MHz
RAMDAC Clock: 170 MHz
Price When New: ?

Drivers: Win 3.1, Win 95/98, OS/2 Warp, DOS



Winner 1000 T2D

Launched: 1997
Chipset: S3 Trio64V2/DX (86C775)
Bus: PCI
Memory: 2 MB EDO
FCC ID: KJGW1000T2D
Price When New: ?

The "Scenic Highway" feature connector at the top refers to an optional MPEG-1 audio/video decoder card which has the S3 Scenic/MX2 chipset on it.

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DOS Tools
Windows 95 Tools
Windows 3.1 Tools
Drivers: Win 3.1, Win 95/98, OS/2 Warp, NT 3.51, NT 4.0 (WHQL), NT 4.0 (for 386 CPUs)

Winner 1000 T3D

Launched: 1997
Chipset: S3 Trio64 3D/2X
Bus: PCI or AGP 2x
Memory: 8 MB
Price When New: ?

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Winner 1000 Pro

Launched: 1997
Chipset: S3 Vision864
Bus: PCI or VLB
Memory : 2 MB
Price When New: ?

The VESA Local Bus version of the Winner 1000 Pro has a 64-bit memory path. The 1000 Pro has a 25-pin header that supports an optional MPEG daugherboard or TV tuner.

The S3 Vision864 is a good chipset for DOS and Windows compatibility.

 

Winner 1000 AVI

Launched: 1997
Chipset: S3 Vision864
Bus: PCI
Memory: 2 MB
Price When New: ?

 

Drivers: Win 3.1, Win 95/98, OS/2 Warp, NT 3.51, NT 4.0, DOS

Winner 2000

Launched: 1997
Chipset: S3 Trio64 V2/DX
Bus: PCI
Memory: 4MB (+ 8 MB?)
Price When New: ?

Some variants of the Winner 2000 come with the memory expansion slot and some don't. Perhaps if the board itself is fully populated they didn't add the slot but if you bought the 4 MB version (2 memory chips on the board) you got the expansion slot.

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Winner 2000 AVI/3D

Launched: 199
Chipset: S3 ViRGE VX
Bus: PCI
RAMDAC Clock: 220 MHz
Memory: 4 MB EDO VRAM
Price When New: $349

The Winner 2000 AVI/3D supports 1280 x 1024 resolutions in True-Color mode (16.7 million colours) with a 76 Hz refresh rate. For High-Color model (65,000 colours) resolutions can go up to 1600 x 1200 at 85 Hz.

As far as 3D performance goes, this is better than most S3 ViRGE VX-based boards, but that's not saying much - it's pretty poor.

 

Winner 2000/Office

Launched: 1997
Chipset: 3dlabs Permedia 2
Bus: PCI
Memory: 4MB or 8 MB SGRAM
RAMDAC Clock: 230 MHz
Price When New: ?

Like other ELSA "/Office" cards, the Winner 2000/Office is pitched at business applications. It can display True-Colour graphics at resolutions up to 1280 x 1024.

The 4 MB version comes with a SODIMM slot for expansion up to 8 MB.

Unfortunately, as with all 3dlabs Permedia-based boards, DOS VESA compatibility is non-existent (the onboard VGA BIOS ROM has no VESA modes).

Regarding performance, the Winner 2000/Office is not quite as fast as a RiVA 128-based card. The drivers that came with the card are extensive: Windows 3.1, OS/2 Warp 4.0, NT 3.51, NT 4.0 (OpenGL driver). This last bit is important: OpenGL is *only* supported under NT 4.0.

3D performance is not great with this card, however.

 

Winner 2000 Pro/X

Launched: 199
Chipset: S3 Vision964
Bus: PCI
Memory: 4MB
Price When New: ?

 

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Winner II

Launched: 1997
Chipset: S3 Savage4 Pro
Memory: 16 MB or 32 MB SDRAM
Bus: PCI or AGP 2x
Price When New: ?

The Winner II came is two variants - the Winner II-16 and the Winner II-32, with the suffix denoting the amount of RAM onboard.

Supports resolutions up to 1920 x 1440.
Maximum V-Sync Rate is 75 Hz.

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Erazor

Launched: 199
Chipset:
Memory:
Bus:
Price When New: ?

 

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Victory 3D

Launched: 199
Chipset: S3 ViRGE (86C325)
Bus: PCI
Memory: 4 MB
FCC ID: KJGVICTORY3D
Price When New: ?

Some Victory 3D versions have memory slots for the rightmost four.

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Victory II-A16

Launched: 199
Chipset: 3dfx
Bus: AGP 2x
Memory: 16 MB SGRAM
Price When New: ?


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Trio64

Launched: 199
Chipset: S3 Trio64
Memory: 1 MB or 2 MB
Bus: PCI
FCC ID: JDF-764PCI-001
Price When New: ?
Known Board Revisions: A1

 

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Erazor II

Launched: 199
Chipset: nVidia RiVA TNT
Core Clock:
Memory: 16 MB SGRAM
RAMDAC Clock: 250 MHz
Bus: AGP 2x
Price When New: ?

Erazer II is ELSA's consumer market-oriented card featuring nVidia's RiVA TNT chipset. At the time of release ELSA also launched Synergy II which is the same card but has specific drivers for professional applications. Unlike other cards based around this chipset, ELSA moved away from nVidia's 'reference' design. It is on a smaller board and has a fan to cool the chipset (though some version of this ELSA card only have a heatsink).

The card supports a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080 at 16 bits per pixel colour depth.

It was bundled at launch with the game Recoil and a Game Sampler CD consisting of 20 demos.

Performance-wise, Erazor II is very similar to the STB Velocity 4400, another TNT-based card, though the SGRAM on the Erazor II ought to give this card a slight lead.

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Erazor III

Launched: 199
Chipset: nVidia RiVA TNT2 Pro
Memory: 32 MB SDRAM
RAMDAC Clock: 300 MHz
Bus: AGP 2x and 4x
Price When New: ?

Erazor III is ELSA's answer to those looking for a decent card based around nVidia's RiVA TNT2 chipset. The card has 128-bit 2D acceleration with an optimised pipeline for 8, 16, 24 and 32-bit colour depths.

It supports Direct3D, OpenGL 1.1, DirectX 6.1.

There was a separate version of the Erazor III that got a video-in port as well for video capture.

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Erazor III LT

Launched: 199
Chipset: nVidia RiVA TNT2 Pro
Memory: 32 MB DDR
Bus: AGP
Price When New: ?

 

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Erazor III LT-A32

Launched: 199
Chipset: nVidia RiVA TNT2-M64
Memory: 32 MB
Bus: AGP
Price When New: ?

 

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Gloria 3D

Launched: 199
Chipset:
Bus: PCI
Price When New: ?


Gloria 4

Launched: 199
Chipset:
Bus: PCI
Price When New: ?


Gloria Synergy-4 / Synergy-8

Launched: 1997
Chipset: 3Dlabs Permedia 2 (TVP4020)
Bus: PCI
Core Clock: 83 MHz
Memory: 4 MB or 8 MB
RAMDAC Clock: 230 MHz
FCC ID: KJGP2EASY
Price When New: ?

The Synergy-4 and Synergy-8 (4 MB and 8 MB versions respectively) are DirectX 5-compatible and OpenGL 1.1-compatible graphics cards designed for Windows 95/98 and NT 4.0. They have a pixel fillrate of 83 Mpixel/s and a texel fillrate the same.

This card was sold to the OEM market, specifically Compaq.

Gloria Synergy+

Launched: 1998
Chipset: 3Dlabs Permedia 2 (TVP4020)
Bus: AGP 2x
FCC ID:
Price When New: ?

This card was sold to the OEM market, specifically Compaq.

Gladiac 511 TV-Out

Launched: 199
Chipset: nVidia
Bus: AGP 4x

Price When New: ?

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