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As we bring the benchmarks to a close, we have one more round of scores for you. This time we set Anisotropic filtering to 8X, otherwise know as 64-Tap by nVidia's standards, and gave the two cards one last at bat.
Both cards maintained triple digit scores at both 1024x768 and 1280x1024, showing that they have no problem increasing overall image quality in Quake 3. We'll give it one more shot at 1600x1200 to see if there are any surprises.
Even though we effectively doubled the degree of anisotropic filtering, neither card's scores dropped more than a few FPS when compared to the 32-Tap results on the previous page. In the end, both cards rolled through the benchmarks unscathed, proving the Siluro Ti4200 OTES is the real deal.
As we wrap up the review of the Siluro GeForce4 Ti4200 OTES, we are left feeling a little empty. While the Siluro GeForce4 Ti4200 OTES really got our attention right out of the box, once we began our testing, our elation began to fade. Don't get us wrong, when you take a look at the performance of the Siluro GeForce4 Ti4200 OTES versus a Ti4600, this card was very impressive. Throughout the benchmarks this card posted impressive scores at both default and overclocked speeds. It's the OTES cooling system that left us feeling a little unfulfilled.
Clearly Abit has put a lot of effort into designing a unique cooling package for the Siluro GeForce4 Ti4200 OTES. While heat-pipe systems have been widely used for quite some time, the OTES cooling system yielded little advantage over stock cooling with the current GeForce4 GPU. When we compared the overclocking scores of the Siluro GeForce4 Ti4200 OTES to a standard Siluro GeForce4 Ti4200, we walked away with a mere 5MHz edge. Now factor in the 7200 RPM fan that make the Siluro GeForce4 Ti4200 OTES sound like a leaf blower, and we are left wondering what the advantage of the OTES system really was. While it does help keep the GPU running cool under normal conditions, we believe the benefits of the OTES are wasted on the current GeForce4 GPU. We are mostlikely seeing the limits of air cooling on this GPU and feel that OTES may be more beneficial for future GPUs. With that said, it's difficult to recommend this card over the standard Siluro Ti4200. With the use of Coolbits, the original Siluro Ti4200 will offer the similar gains to the Siluro GeForce4 Ti4200 OTES with a lower price tag and a lot less noise.
We found the performance of the Siluro GeForce4 Ti4200 OTES to be terrific. However, the inclusion of antiquated software and the minimal effects the OTES cooling system had on the card's overclocking potential makes it difficult for us to recommend. We'd also prefer to see a 128MB version of the card, allowing the card to level the playing field with the Ti4600. At this stage of the game, we recommend sticking with a standard Siluro Ti4200 and use Coolbits or Powerstrip to overclock it. But don't give up on the OTES cooling system, we have a feeling that this is going to be more impressive as future GPUs are released.
We give the Abit Siluro GeForce4 Ti4200 OTES a Hot Hardware Heat Meter Rating of an 7.5.
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