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I recently built my second PC from scratch,and this is one of the components that i have great pride in.I will write this opinion in very simple and concise language,apart from the few technical quotes. I have always liked the quality of cards that nvidia makes,and my first PC has a geforce 2 video card.when i powered up my pc,installed and played Myst III:Exile and warcraft 3,i was just awestruck at the quality of graphics!! Below is an excerpt from the manufacturers site,on the awesome power of this adapter. GeForce4 Ti 4200 Vertices per Second: 113 Million w/ AGP 8X Fill Rate: 4 Billion AA Samples/Sec. Operations per Second: 1.03 Trillion Memory Bandwidth: 8GB/Sec. Maximum Memory: 128MB In very simple terms,this card is good..very good !! This graphics card is suitable for even the most demanding gamer or 3D artist,who want a bang for their buck. It is also very simple to overclock,though one may lose the warranty on it by doing so,so please check first before you try (personally i have not overclocked mine). It has 128 MB memory and this makes game playing or 3d rendering very fast and very smooth.I did a benchmark of this card using 3Dmark,and the results i got were astounding.Keepinh in mind the fact that i have not done any tweaking whatsoever,i got a score of nearly 9000 3D marks ! quite impressive id highly recommend this card to any gaming enthusiast oh and it comes in a box with 7 Cd's..6 of those are games!
The card I am basing this on is the Leadtek Winfast 250TD card, and was in a P4-1.6ghz system with 768mb of memory. The technical facts: It is dual monitor capable card with video in and video out connections. It has 128Mb of memory and is based on the NVidia Geforce 4 Ti4400 chipset. The Package: The card came supplied with 3 games (Aquanox, a Rogue Spear game and a Racing game), a disk with 6 demo games, a Driver CD which also includes DVD playback software, video capture software and some other tools for the card. Performance: I used the 3D Mark SE package from mad onion to get a benchmark score. At the default settings I managed to get a result of 8000+ which is apparently very good. In the original Quake, I did a demo test which returned a score of 120 at 1280x1024. I also tried various other games such as Quake 3 (was giving 75fps at 1280x1024) and the end result was that you can basically increase the resolution of all your games without performance loss. Ok, now that the technical stuff is out of the way, how does it really perform? The video-in I couldn't get to work although I've not tried very hard. The video-out however, works a treat and basically can mirror what is on your monitor. The DVD playback software is pretty good and with the tv-out, you can watch it on your TV and the picture quality is as good as any DVD player. Overall games performance is much better with more crisp 3D grahpics, and more detail where the increased memory of the card is supported (Neverwinter Nights springs to mind). The windows desktop performance doesn't really get much of an increase in performance except when you have a background picture, where it doesn't seem to cause as much slowdown. Overall, if you have an older graphics card, are a keen gamesplayer or do lots of graphics work, or even need a good graphics card that can have 2 monitors attached, I would
Introduction and Background ----------------------------------------- About a mounth ago I bought one of these cards and I have not looked back since. At present the GeForce 4 Ti 4400 is the second fastest graphics card chipset available at present. (The chipset is the basic chip and design of a graphics card which is produced by one company, in this case nvidia, and which is then incorporated by another company, in my case asus, into the graphics card). The Geforce 4 series was released a few months ago to compete with ATi's new 8000 series chipsets which had stolen nvidia's crown for fastest home graphics card chipset. The Geforce 4 series consists of 6 different graphics card chipsets. 3 Low end cards the MX 420, 440 and 460 and 3 high end cards the Ti 4200, 4400 and 4600. In both cases the higher the number the better the card. Why the Best of these card (in my opinion) is the Ti 4400 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ---- If one is buying a card for themselves I would suggest that in any case one should stay clear of the lowest card in each set (low and high.) The reason for this being is that they are designed for OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) these are companies such as dell or compaq who make little or none of their products and mearly rebrand and assemble. Obviously these companies want cheap components and so products marked OEM are either without something like a box or manual or bundled software which is not a problem, or as in this case to make them cheap they are vastly stripped down versions and in my opinion are stripped down more than the price. Also just because it is a Geforce 4 does not mean it is better than Geforce 3 or even Geforce 2 since the mx 420 is slower than almost all of the geforce 2 cards so do not let the name full you. So that leaves four cards the MX 440 and 460 and the Ti 4400 and 4600. There is nothing wrong asuch with the
MX cards and if one is on a tight budget they are the cards to go for however also do not expect them to play all the latest games with all the trimmings. For me that rules them out and leaves only the Ti 4400 and Ti 4600. Ti 4400 vs 4600 ''''''''''''''' 9;'''''''''''''''' ;''''''''''''' There key features are both identical and are as follows. nfiniteFX II Engine (Not a very big step but improves graphics slightly anyway.) Accuview Antialiasing (AA) (A method of improving the picture quality) would result in about a 50 - 60% drop in frame rate which for most would be unacceptable but with the Geforce 4 this drop is now about 20% which is much more acceptable). nView Display Technology This feature I have not found very useful allow I see how it could be. In the past if you had multiple monitors they acted speerately allthough you could move the mouse and windows between them. With this feature it can make the two monitors act as one with an elogated start bar. This difference is quite subtle and is probobly not very useful for most.) The features listed here are the only main improvements over the Geforce 3 apart from the speed difference which is not that great. (I would allways suggest buying a geforce 3 over a geforce 4 but if one allready has a geforce 3 I see no real point in upgrading unless you 'need' the latest graphics card.) Having allready said the features are Identical between the Ti 4400 and 4600 I will come to the main difference, speed. The speed difference is noticable but small (about 10%) but when in most games one is getting over 100 frames per second this is not very noticable. However the price differecne between the 2 is at about £100 with the Ti 4600 costing arroun
d £280 and the Ti 4400 arround £180 (I bought mine from www.itbutikken.co.uk)and considering one can overclock the Ti 4400 to run at the speed of the Ti 4600 (of course one can overclock the Ti 4600 more but that is not the point). I am now getting a score of 10582 with 3dmark 2001 Second Edition with an Athlon xp 1800+ processor. More Information about the Ti 4400 ------------------------------------ Overall this card is blisteringly fast and can run almost any game with all the special effects at an amazing speed. I find myself almost allways playing games at over 100 frames per second. (Most monitors can only show about 80Hz (refreshes per second).) Most geforce 4 Ti 4400 cards come with a DVI port (LCD port) and a VGA port with a DVI to VGA converter so one can run to screens on one card. Most cards also have video out facillity and some also have video in and 3d glasses as options as well. Conclusion ----------- At the moment this card in my opinion is the card to buy. It is very fast (faster than everything except the Ti 4600) and has all the features and options anyone could want. At the moment the other chipset manufacturers like ATi are just not fast enough to compete with this card. However in a few months I am almost certain a new ATi card will come out and that will change every thing. However at the moment this card is in my opinion the best value high end card and unless one has money to burn or simply have to have the fastest card this is the card to buy.
Lets get straight to the point. nVidia's flagship card the GeForce 4 Ti4600 is the most powerful graphics card ever made. This is an actual fact; the Ti4600 can produce more processing power than the world had altogether in 1985. Impressed? No? Okay. The Ti4600 graphics card can render 136 million vertices per second, has a fill rate of 4.8 billion AntiAliased Samples/Sec, oh and did I mention it can perform 1.23 trillion operations per second. Those figures may or may not of made any difference to you but either way those numbers are pretty big. Along with the impressive specs of the GeForce 4 they've also shined up their old technology and introduced Lightspeed Memory Architecture 2, nfiniteFX 2 engine, Accuview Antialiasing and nView Display technology. Light Speed Memory Architecture 2 (LMA2) nVidia figured that improving the clock speed of the GPU would make the cards even more expensive they instead decided to increase efficiency of the power that they currently had. They did it and they did it well, they've managed to increase the amount of data that was being stored and travelled in this card so that the GPU could process it more efficiently by 300% from LMA 1. The result was a higher bandwidth (Ti4600 can do 10.4GB/sec!) and smooth flowing graphics at high resolutions without loss of performance. nfiniteFX 2 engine The dual vertex shaders allows faster 3D tectures to be rendered which is reflected by the figures above and on the games. This engine has the same idea as PlayStation 2's "Emotion Engine" which gave characters and environments a life-like feel (think of the movie Final Fantasy and how the characters were moving just like real people). Accuview Antialiasing (AA) This feature was built into GeForce 3 and made images being displayed more sharper without the jagged edges, but the hardware just wasn't there to support it as turning this feature on in games dragged th
e frame-rate to sluggish levels which isn't what you want. The GeForce 4 has a new system for this and they say you wont need to ever turn Antialiasing off ever again and they got me to back them up on that. AA does impact the performance slightly and you'll never notice. nView This is nVidia's answer to multiple monitor support. Providing unprecedented control of the desktop. A feature that has longed to be found in Geforce cards is the ability to use more than one display with it. You can now have any combination of monitors plugged in such as flat panel monitors, CRT monitors, TV screen which is all controlled bia its software. Put simple if you want the best and you can afford it then GeForce 4 is currently the best that you will find and theirs no doubt about it. Well for now it is at least. nVidia's trademark is to release a new card every 6 months so grab them now while they're hot or before ATI come out with a card that'll make your mouth water even more. If you're looking to buy a card now and dont wanna wait (not that theirs much use in waiting)_ then GeForce 4 is the way to go. Dont think, dont wait just buy or theirs gonna be a new one out there before you can say Accuview Antialiasing. You can never keep up unless you have the cash!
I have had my GeForce 4 Ti 4400 for just about a month, well I paid for it over a month ago. Thing was I had heat problems, or at least what seemed to me to be heat problems. The company I bought it from sent me out a lovely new one so they must have agreed with me anyway. My first impressions of the card were overall very good; I bought the MSI distribution of the chipset. All seemed well, the only thing that this one doesn?t have that others do is a DVI to analogue converter which most other card do have and it?s very handy to have. Especially if you have two analogue monitors and want to run them off the one PC. I didn?t buy this card for petty things though! Oh NO! It was for games, games and more games. Hopefully to be able to play them at high detail levels as well. I can?t test out the performance at higher resolutions than 1024x786 because I use an LCD panel instead of a CRT monitor. Just because I need desk space and I basically love them. One thing to make sure of before buying this card is that it won?t feel lonely, in order for it to perform to the best of its ability it needs some nice hardware around it. There is really no point in putting this card in a PC with less than around 256mb of RAM or a processor of over 1GHz. What is the point of having the same amount or less system memory than dedicated video memory? I would also advise either RDRAM or DDR RAM because they will both allow the card to perform well. This is the system I was running when testing the card and what I am currently running: AMD Athlon XP 1700+ MSI K7T266 Pro-2RU 512mb DDR RAM CAS2.5 IBM Deskstar 40 GB 60GXP 16x ASUS DVD drive 16x10x32x LG CD-ReWriter Creative SoundBlaster 5.1 Live! Player 15? LG Flatron 563LE Running Windows 98SE The first game that I have been playing on this card that really requires the enhancements on this card will be Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix. As far as I have read it is based on
the old Quake III engine, but it has been tweaked to give better detail and smoother surfaces. It also means it requires a better graphics card hence the GeForce 4 Ti 4400! When you open the box there is a stack of 7 CDs. Yes 7! There are 3 full games (all of which are over a year old sadly) 4 pieces of software including DVD playback software and one games demo disc. A pretty full package if you ask me. Most of which I sadly won?t use, because there is only one of the games that interests me, No One Life?s Forever. I may at some stage during the summer try out the other two games, Sacrifice and Aquanox, but only if I get bored with GTA3 and Soldier of Fortune 2: Double Helix. The first thing that struck me when I took the card out of the box was the size of it, I can actually see some people with micro-ATX cases having problems with the size of this card! It also has a pretty cool looking heat sink on it, but on closer inspection it looks slightly shabby and incapable of doing its job. I would rather something that done the job better, because I think this is what was causing my heat issues. Also I was not intent on changing the heat sink and risk voiding my warranty if something else goes wrong. The installation was very easy, as long as you remember to remove the old drivers for your card. Unless your old card is by nVidia (from TNT) and you keep the drivers updated regularly, you could theoretically be able to lift the old one out and put the new one in no problem. Good practise is to uninstall and reinstall the drivers though. One thing I would say is before you go to install this card is to look on the internet for the latest released drivers, they don?t have to be from nVidia?s site, there are often Beta releases available from 3rd party sites. When installing these new drivers you notice there is a new thing nVidia has now created. It?s called nView, and in case you haven?t heard of it before, it allows you to work with mu
ltiple desktops at the click of a button on one monitor. For me it is useless because I am hardly ever working with that many windows, but I can see it being of some use for some people. This nView software can used to manage two monitors with relative ease. If you have a CRT monitor and a digital flat panel, then the chances are you can connect the two to this card with no problems straight out of the box. You may need to purchase a DVI to analogue converter though. This can be good fun if you want to let your kids get on watching a DVD while you get one with some work (or vice versa). Well I think that should cover the installation, now onto the features. One thing I really love about this card is the fact that it supports hardware Anti-Aliasing, not many people really understand what this is, but it basically smoothes the lines created in the processing of an image by the graphics processor. It does have a huge hit to performance though. This card thankfully has such a high performance normally that even when using anti aliasing the card still plays games flawlessly (unless you use a resolution of something like 1600x1200). The first game I actually played on the card was Flight Simulator 2002 from Microsoft. I was absolutely amazed at what the card was producing, and then when I enabled 4x Anti Aliasing in the display properties, I noticed the massive difference it made to the graphics. My friend has a GeForce 2 MX and he plays Flight simulator 2002 on his PC and the difference in performance is amazing almost mesmerising. Especially when you start downloading extra packs off the internet for the game, the GeForce 2 starts to stutter, but the GeForce 4 is still going strong. One thing I have been noticing about the GeForce 4 cards from the benchmarks on other sites is that if you work at 1024x786, then there is no point in having either the 4400 or the 4600, the Ti 4200 will do just as good a job. This is because there is very
little difference in the performance of the cards at this resolution, it is only when you go up to higher resolutions that you will begin to notice the difference. This card has been released only a short time after the previous flagship card from nVidia, the GeForce 3 Ti 500. This is very disheartening for people who had already splashed out on one of these. I would say don?t bother changing to this card though because until some new games come out that will use the new features on this card. I personally was previously using a lowly Kyro 2 card, so this is a major step up in terms of performance (and price for that matter). This card is by no means aimed at the budget end of the market. There is another series of GeForce 4?s for that; the mx400 series is aimed at the budget market (these cards retail at under £100). The Ti cards are firmly set in performance, and this they certainly do! They have become the best performing cards on the market, but again unless you play up-to-date games or have an ancient video card, there is no point in buying this card. I am one for the games. I purchased my GeForce 4 Ti4400 for £240, but the different distributions are slightly different in price, yet they all perform similar. I am overall very satisfied with my GeForce 4, I just hope that they don?t bring out something new for the next 6 months to give me time to save up for it. I also hope that the games developers catch up pretty soon with the hardware, at the minute there is all this fantastic hardware out there but very few games that utilise it to the max. The first game that will I feel with be the long awaited Doom 3 (yes I love First-Person-Shooters). If you got £250 to spare then go ahead and buy this card, if you play games or just want to boast. I have been pretty pleased with this cards ability at both! I wouldn?t advise going for the Ti 4600 because it offers little in the way of performance gain over the 4400, yet the prices
are very different. The Ti4600 doesn?t even have any extra features, the Ti4400 can even be overclocked (something I didn?t try) to speeds similar to that of the Ti 4600.