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X-Micro Impact T4200 Video Card Review - Testing

With the release of the GeForce4 Ti series video boards, the world has had some very good graphics adapters. But not everyone can afford the US$400 entry fee for the Ti4600. Come join Mike "Darthtanion" Wright as he takes a look at the X-Micro Impact T4200 Video Card. It features the Ti4200 GPU and is available on the streets for half the cost of its big brother. Can this be the "Sweet-Spot" of price -vs- performance? Let's find out!

| NVIDIA GeForce GPU in Video Cards | Posted: May 21, 2002 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.0%Manufacturer: X-Micro

Testing

 

Testing will consist of a few simple programs that will show just how well this card can handle the chores of graphics processing. The test system has not been overclocked since we want to see how well the video card can do, not an overclocked system. Here's what we're testing on:

 

EPoX 8KHA+

 

Athlon XP 1800+

 

512MB Crucial PC2100 DDR

 

Seagate Barracuda IV 40GB Hard Drive

 

Sound Blaster:Live

 

Hitachi CM814 21" Monitor

 

Windows XP Professional

 

VIA 4-in-1 drivers v4.38

 

nVidia Detonator v28.32

 

DirectX 8.1

 

Benchmarking Utilities/Programs

 

3dMark2000

 

- Default settings

 

- All tests run

 

3dMark2001

 

- Default settings

 

- All tests run

 

Quake III Arena

 

- v1.11 with Demo001

 

Quake III Arena testing was done with these settings:

 

- GL Extensions: On

 

- Full Screen: On

 

- Lighting: Lightmap

 

- Geometric Detail: Slider bar set to MAX

 

- Texture Quality: 32 bit

 

- Texture Filter: Tri-Linear

 

- All "Eye Candy" enabled

 

For comparison purposes, I'll be running the same tests on a Prolink GeForce3 video card as well. Since this is the same general level card that a lot of people still use, it will give us an idea as to how it compares. Also of note is that the GeForce3 board has been overclocked to 230 core and 500 memory. Who said that life was fair?

 

3DMark2000

 

While the older 3DMark2000 has limited usefulness, it is still fun to see just how well a modern system can score when running it. It was the cream of the crop for some time, but has been outdated since the GeForce3 Titanium series cards hit the market. Since then, the newer versions have been more informative. But hey, I like the big numbers.

 

 

 

The top screenshot is of the GeForce3 card. Considering that both cards are running at 500MHz memory speeds during this test, we're seeing just how much difference the new GeForce4 GPU creates. But now that we have that out of our system, lets take a peek at something more up to date.

 

3DMark2001

 

3DMark2001 is a synthetic Direct3D benchmark that is compatible with DirectX 8. It takes full advantage of the Geforce3/4 and DirectX 8 enhancements. 3DMark2001 has become the world's most used benchmark and is by far the most popular gamer's benchmark.

 

 

 

Again, the top screenshot is of the older GeForce3 board while the bottom shows the X-Micro T4200. Remember on the front page and the picture of the retail box? Remember the remark on it that states "Pure Adrenaline"? I think we're beginning to see what they were talking about. When we consider in the fact that both boards have DirectX 8 support built in the chipset, we are beginning to see just how much power comes with the modern video board. Over 1200 points difference between the two!

 

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