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MSI GF4Ti4400-VTD Review - The Card

Everyone has been raving about the GeForce4 Ti4600 cards since they hit the market, but they're EXPENSIVE! So what is a hardcore gamer on a limited budget to do? Come join Asher "Acid" Moses as he takes a look at the MSI GF4Ti4400 Video Card. It's just possible that the question asked above will have a very nice answer, and at about US$100-150 less than the monster Ti4600 too.

| NVIDIA GeForce GPU in Video Cards | Posted: May 3, 2002 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.5%      Manufacturer: MSI

- The Card

 

 

The first thing I thought I would mention is that, like all GeForce4 cards currently on the market, the MSI Ti4400 is based around nVidia's reference design. The only difference between the MSI card and the reference design is that it features a slightly different cooling solution. The heatsink/fan unit is quite large and features an assortment of fins to increase the surface area, which as some of you may know also increases cooling performance.

 

 

The MSI GF4Ti4400-VTD runs at a core clock speed of 275MHz, which can be compared to the 300MHz clock speed of its bigger brother, the Ti4600. It also features 128MB of Samsung DDR SDRAM that runs at 550MHz and is rated at 3.6ns. The card does not feature memory heatsinks, however. This is because it uses MicroBGA chips that do not produce enough heat to justify including them. The memory chips are in an 8x32MB configuration, with four chips placed on the back of the card and four placed on the front.

 

 

Along with the standard VGA output, the card also features a DVI output and a TV output. The DVI output and VGA output allow for two displays to be run simultaneously, thanks to nVidia's nView technology. We were not provided with a DVI-to-VGA adapter to allow you to run two VGA monitors at the same time, however, it is my understanding that one will be provided with the retail package.

 

The TV output is provided through a Philips 7108 chip, which is regarded by many as one of the highest quality TV out chips available. Along with TV out support, the Phillips chip also provides Video-In and Video-Out.

 

 

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