GeForce4 Ti4200 Shootout - IntroductionIntroduction
Since nVidia released their GeForce4 line of graphics chipsets, the most anticipated and sought after of them all has been the Ti4200. You can basically say that the Ti4200 is a budget, high-end graphics chipset. Its performance is too high to be classed as budget, however, its price is too low to give it the high-end label. This is precisely the reason why the Ti4200 has become so popular - It provides high performance and can be overclocked to near-Ti4600 levels, yet it sells for half the price!Video card manufacturers have been rather slow in bringing Ti4200-based cards to the market, as most of them decided to introduce their Ti4600/MX440 cards first, with the rest of the chipset range being released a month or so later. Now that most manufacturers have Ti4200 cards on the market or at least ready to hit the market, you can look forward to a plethora of reviews on Ti4200-based graphics cards in both online and print publications.We recently managed to obtain two Ti4200 graphics cards - The Abit Siluro Ti4200 and the Triplex Millennium Silver GeForce4 Ti4200. Thinking it was foolish to write up separate reviews on virtually the same product, we have decided to take a look at both cards in a "shootout" style comparison - finally giving you our own opinion as to which card is more worthy of your hard-earned dollars.Since both cards are based on the same chipset, performance is likely to be very similar if not identical. This means that manufacturers are relying on aesthetics, added features, software bundle, and most importantly, price, to make their card stand out in an already crowded market. Who comes out ahead? Read on to find out!
GeForce4 Ti4200 Shootout - SpecificationsSpecificationsTriplex Millenium Ti4200- Features
Powered by nVIDIA GeForce4 Ti4200 GPU 256-bit Graphics Architecture 128-bit 128MB DDR 8x16-4 ( 64MB DDR 4Mx16-3.3 ) memory on Board nFiniteFX II & LMA II Engine Video Processing Engine (VPE) AccuviewTM Antialiasing Engine nViewTM Display Technology Built-in TV-OUT & DVI Interface Up to 8 GB/sec Memory Bandwidth 4 Dual-Rendering Pipelines, 8 Texels Per Clock Cycle 4 Billion Texels/ sec Fill Rate Built-in Advanced Pixel Shaders and Dual Vertex Shaders - Software Bundled
Installation CD Spiderman Severence: Blade of DarknessAbit Siluro Ti4200- Features
NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti4200 GPU nfiniteFX II Engine for full programmability Accuview with high resolution antialiasing nView delivers multiple displays Lightspeed Memory Architecture II for unmatched performance New dual programmable Vertex Shaders Advanced programmable Pixel Shaders 4 Billion AA samples per second fill rate 1.03 Trillion operations per second GPU Core Clock speed 250MHz 64MB/128MB high-speed DDR memory 8 GB/sec Memory Bandwidth API support Microsoft OpenGL 1.3 and DirectX 8.X 4 dual-rending pilelines, 8 textures per clock cycle Dual cube environment mapping capability High-quality HDTV/DVD playback GP 2X/4X with Fast Writes and AGP Texturing Support Integrated hardware lighting engine On-board TV-Out support up to 1024x768 resolution On-board DVI support up to 1280x1024 Optional Video-In support real time video capture, video compression and video editing - Software Bundled
Installation CD: Driver/3Deep/True Internet Color/ABIT SiluroDVD- ABIT SiluroDVD
To bring your DVDs and video files to life, we've included ABIT SiluroDVD.ABIT SiluroDVD combines the best visual and audio effects with advanced features such as time stretching, thumbnailed bookmarks, fully-adjustable zoom and pan, and much more. Take control of your video session with ABIT Siluro DVD.
GeForce4 Ti4200 Shootout - Features of the Abit Siluro Ti4200Features of the Abit Siluro Ti4200- Package Contents
Upon opening the box you are greeted with a driver CD, detailed User's Manual, DVI-to-VGA converter, TV-out cables, an S-Video extension cable, a Composite extension cable and a S-Video/Composite adapter. So basically, Abit include everything you need to make full use of your GeForce4's added features straight out of the box. If an extravagant software bundle is what you are after, the Abit Ti4200 is not the card for you. No games are bundled with the card, and the only piece of software available is Abit's own DVD playback software, SiluroDVD. While this is not a big issue for me as I would certainly rather purchase a card that lacks free software (which I would most likely already own), if it means the card will be priced cheaper. Of course, opinions regarding this matter will vary from person to person.- The Card
Abit have decided on a silver/blue colour scheme for the Siluro Ti4200. It features an attractive blue PCB with a shiny silver heatsink/fan unit cooling the NV25 GPU. Like all Ti4200 cards currently on the market, the Siluro Ti4200 features a core clock speed of 250MHz and a memory clock speed of 500MHz. The card also features 64MB Hynix DDR memory rated at 4ns. Something that is quite unusual for Abit is that there were no heatsinks attached to the memory chips. Abit obviously felt that the memory already ran cool enough and the lack of memory heatsinks also means a lower priced card.
The Siluro Ti4200 supports TV-out through a Phillips SAA7108E controller. Many graphics card manufacturers have been using the Phillips controller on their cards for some time now and it is regarded by many as one of the best on the market. For those that own digital LCD displays, the card also features DVI-out, supporting a maximum resolution of 1600x1200 at 60Hz.