After all is said and done, what do we have here? On one hand we have is a modern video card that gives reasonable performance when set to its default speeds. On the other hand we have a raging animal that tries to break loose at every opportunity when we overclock. To be able to achieve speeds that are close to those of a Ti4600 card are amazing, especially when you consider that this little toy is retailing at half the price of its big brother.
Something else to consider is the ability to actually use antialiasing at a playable frame rate. This is something that hasn't really been possible before the GeForce4 Ti series cards came to town. As an example of this, I ran the default settings in Quake III Arena at 1024 x 768 x 32 with the popular Quincunx AA. As you'll remember, the standard FPS result was 177.5, and the result with the QAA was 158.8. This results in a smooth game that is still very playable. Even with the new AccuView Antialiasing the results are 154.1, and this is a 4x FSAA mode.
Bottom line... Unless you just have a whole boatload of money to give away, this card should be one of your main possibilities if you're looking to upgrade your video. With a price tag that is well within reason and the capability to clock at speeds that are nearly at the Ti4600 level, you just can't go wrong.
Very good performance levels
Outstanding overclocking potential
Not a lot of useless extra software
Speed adjustment utility installed with drivers
HSF could be better quality
Stray capacitor blocks one RAM sink
Rating - 9/10
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- X-Micro T4200 - Page 1 [Introduction]
- X-Micro T4200 - Page 2 [Specifications]
- X-Micro T4200 - Page 3 [In the Box]
- X-Micro T4200 - Page 4 [The Card]
- X-Micro T4200 - Page 5 [Testing]
- X-Micro T4200 - Page 6 [Testing Continued/Overclocking]
- X-Micro T4200 - Page 7 [Conclusion]
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