MSI GF4Ti4400-VTD - Introduction
MSI GF4Ti4400-VTD - SpecificationsSpecifications- Chipset Features The nVidia nfiniteFX II Engine enables a virtually infinite number of special effects that deliver the next leap in realism to 3D graphics Dual programmable Vertex Shaders Advanced programmable Pixel Shaders nVidia Lightspeed Memory Architecture II nVIDIA Accuview Antialiasing 3D Textures Shadow Buffers 4 dual-rendering pipelines 8 texels per clock cycle Dual cube environment mapping 128MB high-speed DDR RAM memory High-Definition Video Processor (HDVP) AGP 4X with Fast Writes AGP 4X / 2X and AGP Texturing support 32-bit color with 32-bit Z/stencil buffer Z-correct true, reflective bump mapping High-performance 2D rendering engine Hardware accelerated real-time shadows True-color hardware cursor Integrated hardware transform engine Integrated hardware lighting engine High-quality HDTV/DVD playback TV-Out and Video Modules Multibuffering (double, triple, quad) for smooth animation and video playback Microsoft DirectX and S3TC texture compression nVidia Unified Driver Architecture (UDA) Up to 8.8 GB/sec. memory bandwidth 125 million triangles/sec. setup engine 4.4 billion AA sample/sec. fill rate 1.12 trillion operations/sec. - Compatibility Complete Linux drivers, including full OpenGL Microsoft DirectX optimizations and support Complete OpenGL 1.3 and OpenGL support WHQL-certified Windows XP/2000/NT/ME/98/95 Windows XP/2000/NT/ME/98/95 display drivers Microsoft DirectDraw, Direct3D, Support operation system under Windows XP/2000/NT/ME/98/95 Linux compatible API support OpenGL 1.3 and lower Microsoft DirectX 8.1 and lower
MSI GF4Ti4400-VTD - Packaging & Software BundleTaking A Closer Look- Packaging and Software BundleThe review board we received from MSI was not the retail package, and we only received the card itself. However, The retail card comes with a large assortment of accessories that I feel many of you would like to know about. As far as games are concerned, the MSI GF4Ti4400-VTD is bundled with No One Lives Forever, Aquanox, Sacrifice and a 7 in 1 Games Collection that consists of Ballistics Demo, Tom Clancy's Rogue Spear: Black Thorn Demo, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Demo, Comanche 4 Demo, Fallout Tactics Demo, Swat 3: Close Quarters Battle Demo and Serious Sam: The First Encounter.That is not all the software the comes with the card though. There is also an assortment of applications including WinProducer v2.0 (video editing utility), WinCoder v2.0 (video format transferring utility) and MSI DVD (DVD playback software). Also included with the card is a 1.8m S-Video extension cable and a 9-pin mini-extended connector to 4 port video connector cable.This is the most elaborate software bundle I have ever seen included with a video card and it ensures that you will be able to unleash the full power of your GeForce4 straight out of the box!
MSI GF4Ti4400-VTD - The Card- The Card
MSI GF4Ti4400-VTD - Benchmarking: Quake 3 Arena- Test SystemProcessor: Intel Pentium 4 2GHzMotherboard: Abit BD7-RAIDMemory: OCZ 256MB PC2100 DDR SDRAMVideo Card: MSI G4Ti4400-VTD, Abit Siluro MX440, Abit Siluro Ti200Hard 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.
MSI GF4Ti4400-VTD - Benchmarking: 3DMark2001 SEResults - 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.
MSI GF4Ti4400-VTD - Benchmarking: Max PayneResults - 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.
MSI GF4Ti4400-VTD - Overclocking & ConclusionOverclockingWe overclocked the card using one of the most popular video card overclocking utilities, PowerStrip. We were able to get the card to run stable at a core/memory clock speed of 303MHz/680MHz using the default cooling that comes stock with the card. This is a very impressive overclock and considering the fact that the Ti4600 runs at 300MHz/650MHz it would be a much wiser decision to purchase a Ti4400 and overclock it to Ti4600 speeds rather than purchasing the more expensive Ti4600 which is already running close to its limit.ConclusionOverall, I was very impressed with the MSI GF4Ti4400-VTD. It features the most elaborate software bundle I have ever seen included with a video card, provides high performance and is feature packed. The DVI and TV outputs were a nice addition for those that like to run dual monitors, an LCD monitor or just display their desktop onto their television. The Video-In and Video-Out (VIVO) functions are also great for the high-end gamer that also likes to do some video editing.The card proved to be a great overclocker, being able to run past Ti4600 speeds with no signs of artifacts or instability. At a price of around US$300, the card is quite expensive and might be out of reach for some of you. However, if you want a feature packed, high performing video card and can't afford a Ti4600, I highly recommend you check out the MSI G4Ti4400-VTD.- Pros High performance Excellent software bundle TV and DVI outputs VIVO Great overclocker- Cons High priceRating - 9.5/10 and TweakTown's Editors Choice Award
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