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Abit Siluro Ti4200 vs. Triplex Millennium Ti4200

Since nVidia released their GeForce4 line of graphics chipsets, the most anticipated and sought after of them all has been the Ti4200. It provides high performance and can be overclocked to near-Ti4600 levels, yet it sells for half the price which is precisely the reason why the Ti4200 has become so popular. Today Asher "Acid" Moses takes a look at two of these Ti4200's from Abit and Triplex to find out which is the best value for your money!
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Published Sat, Jul 6 2002 11:00 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Apr 7 2020 12:25 PM CDT
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GeForce4 Ti4200 Shootout - Introduction

IntroductionSince 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 - Specifications

SpecificationsTriplex 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 BundledInstallation CD: Driver/3Deep/True Internet Color/ABIT SiluroDVD- ABIT SiluroDVDTo 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 Ti4200

Features 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.

GeForce4 Ti4200 Shootout - Features of the Triplex Millennium Ti4200

Features of the Triplex Millennium Ti4200- Package Contents
The Triplex Millennium Ti4200 comes bundled with a driver CD, User's Manual, an S-Video to Composite converter and a Composite extension cable. I was quite disappointed at the lack of a DVI-to-VGA converter as those of you who plan on running dual VGA displays will have to go out and purchase one separately.However, making up for this downside are two full version games that allow you to harness the true gaming power of your shiny new GeForce4 straight out of the box. The two games are Spiderman and Severence: Blade of Darkness, both of which are relatively new and from what i've seen/heard, quite enjoyable as well.
- The Card
A major feature that Triplex boasts with the Millennium Ti4200 is that it is the first graphics card to feature a silver PCB. Triplex also go as far as saying that the silver coating can reduce your card's temperature by up to 15%. From our internal testing, we noticed a negligible difference in temperature between the Abit Siluro Ti4200 and Triplex's card. The decision to purchase Triplex's card because of its silver PCB should be based purely on aesthetics - nothing else. Adding to the attractiveness of the card is a silver heatsink/fan unit and silver memory heatsinks.
The Triplex Millennium Ti4200 is packed with 128MB Samsung memory rated at 4ns. As you will see from our testing, the extra 64MB provides a negligible performance increase in current games, however, as time goes on we are sure to see more and more games make use of the extra memory.Like the Abit card, the Triplex Ti4200 features both TV-out and DVI-out. However, Triplex have decided to use the Conexant CX25871-14 controller for their TV-out. During testing we found that both controllers performed quite well, however, the Phillips controller on the Abit card produced a slightly crisper image.

GeForce4 Ti4200 Shootout - Benchmarks - Quake 3 Arena

BenchmarkingTest SystemProcessor: Intel Pentium 4 2GHzMotherboard: Abit IT7Memory: OCZ 256MB PC2700 DDR SDRAMVideo Card: Abit siluro Ti4200, Triplex Millennium Ti4200Hard Disk: Quantum Fireball Plus LM 15GB 7200RPMDrivers: 27.20 Detonator drivers, DirectX 8.1Operating System: Windows 2000 ProfessionalSoftware Used: Quake III Arena, 3DMark2001 SE and Max PayneResults - Quake III Arena High Quality 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1600x1200 32-bit colorQuake III Arena is a real-world OpenGL benchmark that we have been using here at TweakTown for quite a while now because it has proven itself to be one of the best gaming benchmarks around to compare a range of different products.

GeForce4 Ti4200 Shootout - Benchmarks - 3DMark 2001 SE

Results - 3DMark2001 SE 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1600x1200 32-bit color3DMark2001 SE is the latest installment in the popular 3DMark series. By combining DirectX 8.1 support with completely new graphics (including the GeForce4), it continues to provide benchmark results that empower you to make informed hardware assessments.

GeForce4 Ti4200 Shootout - Benchmarks - Max Payne

Results - Max Payne High Quality 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1600x1200 32-bit colorMax Payne is a very popular, graphics intensive game that features full DirectX 8.0 support. Like Quake III Arena, Max Payne is able to run various time demos that test your system's performance under intense game play.

GeForce4 Ti4200 Shootout - Overclocking, Price Considerations & Conclusion

OverclockingWe overclocked both cards using one of the most popular video card overclocking utilities, PowerStrip. We were able to clock the Abit Siluro Ti4200 all the way up to 315MHz/625MHz core/memory, while the Triplex Millennium Ti4200 wouldn't go any further than 280MHz/580MHz. This is most likely due to the fact that the Hynix memory used on the Abit card is far superior to the Samsung memory used on the Triplex card as far as overclocking headroom is concerned. Price ConsiderationsFor the price-conscious buyer (most of us), the Triplex Millennium Ti4200 retails for around $AUD450 (around $US250), while the Abit Siluro Ti4200 can be purchased for $AUD380 (around $US215). The reason for the Triplex card being so much more expensive is firstly because it features an extra 64MB of memory, and secondly because it comes bundled with two full version games. ConclusionOverall, we were quite impressed with both cards and each had their own various strengths and weaknesses. While the Triplex card is both more expensive than Abit's and a poor overclocker, it features an extravagant software bundle, looks great and comes with an extra 64MB of memory that should come in handy in the future as games advance. That said, in current games the performance difference between 64MB and 128MB is negligible and if you are planning on upgrading your graphics card again in the not too distant future, it would be silly to spend the extra money for 128MB of memory.While you will all have your own opinions on which card best suits your needs, if I was to go out and buy a graphics card tomorrow I wouldn't think twice about purchasing the Abit Siluro Ti4200. This is because it is an excellent overclocker, has a great feature-set, and isn't expensive. Being a hardware reviewer and enthusiast, I also upgrade my system on a regular basis, thus rendering the Triplex Millennium's 128MB of memory useless to me.The bottom line is, unless you fancy Triplex's software bundle or don't plan on upgrading again for the next 8 months, it would be a waste of money to purchase the Triplex Millennium Ti4200 over the Abit Siluro Ti4200.Triplex is solely distributed by Oxygen Technology in Australia and New Zealand. Local distributor wanted.Abit Siluro Ti4200- Pros High performance Extremely low price Great overclocker Feature-rich- Cons Non-existant software bundle- Rating: 9.5/10Triplex Millennium Ti4200- Pros High performance Extravagant software bundle 128MB DDR Memory Feature-rich Looks great!- Cons Lacks DVI-to-VGA converter Comparatively high price Extra memory is useless in current games- Rating: 8.5/10

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