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The OCZ Titan 3 graphics card

Mr. Bond, your GeForce3 is ready
— 12:20 AM on October 18, 2001

ModelTitan 3

How does OCZ's overclocking stack up against a stock GeForce3? How does OCZ manage to keep everything stable and cool at higher speeds? Read on to find out.

The card
OCZ caters to the 'serious PC enthusiast,' so its Titan 3 is pretty swank. Unlike other video card manufacturers, who try to dazzle you with glaring PCB colours and matching heat sinks, the Titan 3's all about performance and functionality. On a plain green PCB, OCZ has installed the original Blue Orb as a GPU heat sink/fan, plus some pretty trick individual copper RAM heat sinks.

Unlike the rest of the card, the back is pretty barren

More heatsinks than you can shake a stick at

The Blue Orb towers over the rest of the card

Unlike other GeForce3s, which use a neutered version of the Blue Orb, the Titan 3 has the real deal. Of course, the tallish nature of the Blue Orb means that you'll immediately lose the PCI slot adjacent to your AGP slot. Additionally, you'll want to plug the Blue Orb's fan header directly into your power supply with the provided cable, just to be sure. Noise-wise, the full Blue Orb is obviously louder than its smaller sibling. This noise shouldn't be an issue, though, as it's barely audible over most CPU fans.

Mmmm, copper ramsinks

Further bucking the trend in GeForce3 boards, the Titan 3 has individual copper heat sinks on each of its eight RAM chips. The copper heat sinks are tallish compared with the heat sinks you'll find on other boards, but they're still dwarfed by the massive Blue Orb. Given their taller fins on the individual heat sinks, the surface area should be comparable to that of the more popular integrated RAM heat sinks, which have shorter fins. The extra labour associated with installing these individual heat sinks obviously pays off here: the Titan 3's stock memory speed of 515MHz is the fastest on the block, even against the newer Titanium 500.