As the dust settles...
|Video Cards Side by
- Nice blue PCB
- Best overclocker of
- Most expensive card
Small software bundle
- No DVI to Analog
PixelView GeForce4 Ti4200-8x
- Fastest performing videocard at stock
- 3.3ns EtronTech DRAM
- Only 64 MB of memory
No DVI port
GeForce4 Ti4200-8x OTES
- Pretty PCB colour
Revolutionary GPU cooling
- Good stock
- GPU cooler is very loud
- Takes up two expansion slots
- Despite innovative cooler, core does not overclock
|MSI GeForce4 Ti4200-TD8X64
- Red PCB
- Awesome software bundle
- Most inexpensive card
- Only 64 MB of memory
The move to incorporate 8x AGP technology into the GeForce4
Ti4200 core has very much been a "keeping up with the Jones's" type move.
If ATI and SiS are going to cash in with the latest 8x AGP "buzzword", you can
surely bet nVIDIA is not going to sit idly by, and even seven months after the GeForce4 Ti4200
was released, it still remains as an excellent value/mainstream GPU. Of the four
cards we tested, each perform very well, but it's the extra things done
which will "separated the boys from the men".
We were extremely impressed by how MSI is able to bundle so
much software with their card, yet keep the price to a minimum. Prolink, a much
more value-oriented card, comes with one of the fastest stock Ti4200's
cores out there. Sure the PixelView GeForce4 Ti4200-8x is not much to look
at, but then sometime performance really is more important, and the bare
essentials are all that you need.
We like it when a company like Abit goes out of their way
to try and improve their videocard with a touch of revolutionary high-tech
cooling. It shows that the company is trying to make their cards better through
innovation, and goes quite far in terms of their dedication to quality.
Unfortunately, the OTES proved to be a little too loud compared to the other
cards in this roundup.
Albatron's entry into the roundup goes
to show you that the most elaborate cooling solution can sometimes be just
for show. Albatron's Ti4280PV had the smallest GPU cooler of the bunch, and
yet it also had the highest core overclock, and performance
almost equal to that of ABit's Ti4200-8X OTES.
In the end we are left with four cards whose performance is
very closely spaced, and the decision of which is best is all that much harder.
Though with an aging core like the nVidia Ti4200, I think value is of first
consideration, followed by performance, and then features.
In that sense, if you're in the market for a well rounded
Ti4200 with 8x AGP and a decent software bundle, check out the MSI
Ti4200-TD8X64. MSI's card is not the fastest one here, but it is easily the best
value of the bunch, with good stock performance and an excellent software
bundle. Prolink's PixelView GeForce4 Ti4200-8x is a plain and simple performance
videocard that deserves honorable mention as well, and had the price
of the Albatron been a little lower things might be different. Albatron's card
has that little bit of extra performance thanks to the 128MB of memory, but
costs the most of the four Ti4200-8X video cards we tested.
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