Chaintech AGT61 GeForce 4 Ti 4600

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The Chaintech A-GT61 GeForce 4 Ti 4600
Flashy Packaging with Substance!

By - Robert Maloney
May 2, 2002

There is an old saying that goes something like, "bigger is better".  This definitely seems to apply when talking about video cards. The GeForce 4 is the fourth generation in NVIDIA's GeForce line, and each new installment seems just that much bigger and better, than those that came before it. Today we are going to look at Chaintech's A-GT61.  This is Chaintech's "Special Edition" model using GeForce 4 Titanium 4600 technology, currently the flagship of their line of video cards. We feel this card is a beauty to behold, with its dark PCB board and golden heatsinks on front and back cooling the NV25 chip and ample 128MB of 650Mhz DDR RAM. The card itself is larger than most video cards, with a large number of capacitors at one end.  It's size somewhat reminds me of the original AWE32 from Creative Labs.  Although they have been delivering quality motherboards for sometime, Chaintech, hailing from Taiwan, is a lesser known player in the video card market. While their website is somewhat Spartan, their product line is not, ranging from the new GeForce 4 models all the way back to the Riva TNT2 series, including a standard version of the TI 4600 that retails for slightly less than the A-GT61, but leaves off the memory heatsinks. Lets take a closer look at the Chaintech A-GT61 and see what it can do:

Specifications and Features of the Chaintech GeForce4 Ti 4600
The gold at the end of the rainbow?

   

Chaintech GeForce4 Ti 4600

  • 300MHz GeForce 4 Ti GPU
  • 15-pin VGA, S-Video In/Out, DVI-I
  • 256-bit Graphics Architecture
  • AGP Interface ? 4x/2x support

NVIDIA nfiniteFX II Engine:

  • Dual programmable Vertex Shaders, faster Pixel Shaders

Lightspeed Memory Architecture II:

  • With 128-bit DDR Lightspeed Memory Architecture II provides nearly double the memory bandwidth of GeForce3.

Accuview Antialiasing Engine:

  • High-performance and stunning visual quality at high frame rates.

Output Jacks:

  • Standard 15-pin VGA
  • S-video jack
  • DVI-I port

Cooling solution:

  • on-board active heat-sink cooling fan
  • Memory heatsinks on front and back

Specifications:

  • Controller: NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4600
  • Memory 128MB DDR SDRAM
  • Core Clock 300MHz
  • Memory Clock 650MHz
  • 350MHz internal RAMDAC
  • API Support Direct-X, Open GL ICD for Windows
  • Connectors VGA, DVI, S-Video In/Out
  • 4.8 Billion Texels/sec Fill Rate
  • 136 Million Vertices/sec
  • 10.4 GB/sec memory bandwidth

Features at a Glance:

  • AGP 4x compatible with fast writes
  • 256-bit 3D and 2D graphics accelerator
  • NVIDIA nView display technologies
  • Lightspeed Memory Architecture II
  • Accuview Antialiasing
  • High Definition Video Processing Engine
  • TV Out connector
  • DVI connector

Package Contains:

  • Chaintech GeForce4 Ti 4600 Graphics Card
  • Installation Manual
  • Installation CD with NVIDIA Drivers, WinDVD, 3deep, and TurboGFX
  • S-video out cable, S-video in/out cable, and DVI-I/VGA adapter.
  • Bundled games: Aquanox and MDK2
     

 

In the box we found a standard S-Video cable, an in/out S-Video dongle, a DVI-I/VGA adapter and the installation manual.  Also present was a CD that included NVIDIA reference drivers, DirectX 8.1, a full version of Intervideo?s WinDVD, 3deep, TurboGFX and finally two games, Aquanox and MDK2.  Finding full versions of two games is always a nice bonus. Just for the record, WinDVD is a software DVD player that ranks up there with PowerDVD, 3deep is a monitor calibration utility that attempts to correct 3D lighting effects, and TurboGFX is Chaintech?s overclocking utility which worked well, but we did not use, favoring Coolbits instead.

 Setup and Screen Shots 

Tags:  GeForce, Tech, 460, chaintech, force, GT, AG, AI

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