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Abit's Siluro GeForce 4 Ti 4200
A Sub $200 Power-House!

By - Robert Maloney
May 23, 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 Abit Siluro GeForce 4 Ti 4200
Is that your video card, or are you just happy to see me

Here we have our first glimpses of the card. As you can see, it?s got a sturdy looking heatsink/fan covering the NV25 GPU, and 64MB of Hynix 4ns DDR memory, all set against a blue PCB. To save costs, and therefore pass them on to the customer, the card consists of a 6 layer PCB as opposed to the 8 layer PCB used on the Ti 4400 and Ti 4600. There are also fewer capacitors populating the board, since perhaps less voltage regulation circuitry is needed due to the lower clocked CPU and memory. There also aren?t any heatsinks on the memory chips, but this isn?t really holding back this card from overclocking, as you will see later on in this review.

  

Oddly, you might also notice that there is a small capacitor between the DDR chips, which makes it harder to place after-market heatsinks, like the ones put out by Thermaltake onto the RAM properly, unless you cut the heatsinksin half. On the bracket, we found the typical 15-pin VGA and S-Video ports, as well as a DVI connection. We pulled off the Heat Sink and Fan assembly for a quick check and were relieved to see that they applied a nice layer of thermal paste for proper heat dissipation. Also, the card is noticeably shorter than its cousins by a good two inches.

        

Installation was a snap as usual. Users will simply take the old card out, put in the new, and let Windows do its voodoo, after you feed it the driver CD. We used Nvidia Reference drivers, version 28.32, which is the latest ?official? release of their Detonator XP series. The system was set at 1024x768, 32-bit color, and V-Sync was turned off. By default, Windows XP loads the desktop with the best visual appearance settings, which could adversely affect the benchmarks. With our test system, we set the desktop settings for "best performance" to reduce any unnecessary load. Once this was all done, we went on our merry way to benchmark this card in OpenGL and DirectX, but first we offer you a few screenshots...

 
Screenshots
An quick appetizer before the main meal

Since there have been a number of great movies coming out, I thought I would post some pics from related games such as Activision?s Spiderman ? The Movie, and Lucasart?s Jedi Knight 2, as well as the final boss from Microsoft?s Dungeon Siege.

   

While they may look like they were taken from cutscenes, rest assured that these are all in-game shots. For each of them, I had all graphics settings turned to the maximum at 1280x1024 resolution, with 4x anti-aliasing and 32-tap Anisotropic filtering being used.

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

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