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Test Setup

Big Little Sister - The GeForce4 Ti4200
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NVIDIA sent us a pre-production sample board of the GeForce4 Ti4200 with 128 MB of RAM. Originally, this board was clocked at 250/230 (460) MHz. After flashing to the newer BIOS we received from NVIDIA, the memory clock speed was reduced to 222 (444) MHz.

Currently, the 64 MB versions with their faster memory speeds of 250 (500) MHz are still unavailable. While a simulation of such a board is theoretically possible, it is hard to tell how big an impact memory size actually has on testing results. Our results from the GeForce3 Ti200 comparison (64 MB vs. 128 MB cards ) do not necessarily hold true for the GeForce4 series.

Nonetheless, we simulated a "smaller" GeForce4 Ti4200 by overclocking the memory of our 128 MB board to 250 (500) MHz. The results attained in such a configuration are not necessarily representative of the performance of a "real" 64 MB Ti4200, and should therefore be seen only as a preliminary indication. We will only be able to post any final results once we have actually had some 64 MB cards to test.

All tests were run on an ASUS A7V266-E motherboard (VIA KT 266A) with an AMD Athlon XP 2000+ processor.

Hardware
System 1 AMD AthlonXP 2000+
ASUS A7V266-E
VIA KT266A
133 MHz FSB
256 MB PC-266 MHz RAM CL2 (2x128 MB)
System 2 AMD Athlon 1200 MHz MHz
ABIT KT7A-RAID
VIA KT133A
133 MHz FSB
2x 128 MB CL2 PC133
Graphics Cards
Cards Tested NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti4200 128 MB Reference (250/444)
NVIDIA GeForce3 Ti200 64 MB (175/400)
NVIDIA GeForce3 Ti500 64 MB (240/500)
NVIDIA GeForce4 MX440 64 MB (270/400)
NVIDIA GeForce4 MX460 64 MB Reference (300/550)
NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti4400 128 MB (300/650)
NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti4600 128 MB Reference (300/650)
ATI Radeon 7500 64 MB Reference (290/460)
ATI Radeon 8500 64 MB Reference (275/550)
ATI Radeon 8500LE 128 MB Reference (250/500)
Drivers & Software
DirectX Version Direct X 8.1
OS Windows XP Professional
VGA Drivers ATI: v6.13.10.6037
NVIDIA: v28.32

Benchmarks

Max Payne

* 64 MB version simulated with a 128 MB card. Results published with reservations.

NVIDIA's drivers do an outstanding job in Max Payne. ATi's boards tag along at a fair distance behind the NVIDIA group. The gap between the Radeon 8500 and the GeForce3 Ti series only begins to close staring at 1600x1200. The GeForce4 MX cards are close on the heels of the Radeon 8500. The GeForce4 TI boards, meanwhile, are in a class of their own. Even the Ti4200 is positioned quite comfortably ahead of the GeForce3 Ti500.

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