VisionTek XTasy GeForce4 Ti4400

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The VisionTek XTasy GeForce4 Ti 4400
Compelling performance without the price tag

By -Dave Altavilla
April 9, 2002

 

We aren't going to bother covering the drivers for this card.  You've seen them several times here in previous articles.

Setup and Installation of the VistionTek GeForce4 Ti4400
Piece of cake

These days, what could be easier than setting up a new graphics card?  We really have no earth shattering details to bestow upon you here.  Users simply uninstall the drivers for their old graphics card, power down the system, install the GF4 Ti 4400, power up and feed the OS the new VisionTek driver CD, when the auto install asks for a driver.  At that point, you are in business.  Setup of the VisionTek GeForce4 Ti4400 was quick and painless with not even so much as a glitch to report.

The drivers that came with our card were based on the NVIDIA 27.51 driver release.  Since our recent testing with NVIDIA product has been with version 27.50, we used that driver for our benchmarks.  Recently, NVIDIA released version 28.32 but at the time of testing, these drivers were not available.

 
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NVIDIA's Grace Demo

We're back with more NVIDIA "eye candy" in this segment.  One of the benefits of having seemingly unlimited resources like a company NVIDIA's size, is that they can really dig in and "evangelize" a new product or feature.  Well, since we're sipping a little NVIDIA Cool-Aid here so to speak, let's have a look at some renderings of NVIDIA's "Grace" Technology Demo on the VisionTek XTasy GeForce4 Ti4400. Here is what NVIDIA has to say about their "Grace" Technology Demo:

"The dancer uses NVIDIA?s nfiniteFX II Engine to add motion to her body, bumps to her face, sparkles to her dress, and variation to the bubbles. Her body animates and bends using Vertex Shaders, freeing the CPU to calculate the cloth and bubble physics.  The second-generation Pixel Shaders of the nfiniteFX II Engine are used to add her reflective engravings and give detailed bumps to her face. Point sprites are used for the bubbles and 3D textures are used for animating the sparkles on her dress."

   

Stunning visuals for sure are shown here, courtesy of next generation 3D Graphics Processors, like the VisionTek XTasy GeForce4 Ti 4400.  To see this NVIDIA created dancer in motion on your PC monitor, is really an impressive demonstration of the technology.  She moves as smoothly and fluidly as she looks.  It must be a great time to be a game developer with tools like the GeForce4 Ti4400 at your disposal.

2D Desktop Image Quality:

Just a quick comment here on 2D desktop image quality.  For a while we were skipping this section in general because decent 2D quality for desktop work is almost a given.  However, all cards are not created equal here.  Components selection especially with respect to filtering of video signals, is essential for decent 2D output at high refresh rates and resolutions.  The VisionTek XTasy GeForce4 Ti4400 did not disappoint here and images were stable and crisp all the way up to 1600X1200 on our 22" Mitsubishi test monitor.

 

Overclocking The VisionTek XTasy GeForce4 Ti 4400
Ti 4600 speeds and slightly beyond

In this section, we intend to show you just what top end over-clocked speed the VisionTek Ti 4400 board could hit, with good stability an no visual artifacts.

With just a simple adjustment of the clock slide in the NVIDIA "clock frequencies" tab, when activated by the "coolbits" registry tweak, we were suddenly at GeForce4 Ti 4600 performance levels and even a little beyond, with full stability.  Again, our standard disclaimer applies here.  Your results may vary as all boards in production may not yield identical results.  This was just our personal experience with the product.

Test Setup, Quake 3 With and Without AA and Anisotropic Filtering

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