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Asus V8420 Deluxe GeForce 4 Ti 4200 Review
A Ti 4200 For Gamers & Video Aficionados...

By - Robert Maloney
October 16, 2002

Setup and Installation of the Asus V8420 Deluxe GF4 Ti4200
Is that your video card, or are you just happy to see me
 
With regards to the installation, there isn't much new here to note.  We didn't run into any major issues. It basically came down to inserting the V8420 into a vacant AGP slot. Once done, we booted into a fresh installation of Windows XP with Service Pack 1, which automatically installed a Microsoft approved version of NVIDIA's reference drivers.  We removed those, and installed Version 40.41. One re-boot later and we were up and running. If you're not familiar with NVIDIA's Detonator XP series of drivers, check out our recent article here.  We've covered these drivers before, so we won't go in-depth within this article.


Checking what was available on the other CDs included with the V8420, we found Asus DVD 2000, Intervideo WinCoder and WinProducer, and Cyberlink VideoLive Mail, as well as two full versions of Aquanox and Midnight GT/Rage Rally.  On the Driver CD, there are a few interesting utilities that I wanted to point out. Besides the Asus Enhanced drivers, needed to use the 3D glasses, I also found Asus' Tweak Utility, VideoSecurity and SmartDoctor. The Tweak Utility is an overclocking tool, which allow users to individually change the speed of the core and memory clocks. The VideoSecurity program lets you detect intruders or monitor a specified area using a video camera. Basically you define the area of a video stream you want "watched" and VideoSecurity will record the snapshot image files from the video stream that can be viewed later. SmartDoctor is a utility usually reserved for motherboards; it monitors the GPU temperature, fan speed, and voltage, and will notify the user should the fan malfunction. It also can be used to forcibly cool down the GPU while idle, ostensibly extending the chip's lifetime.

Screenshots
An quick appetizer before the main meal

     
THESE IMAGES ARE VERY LARGE - MODEM USERS BEWARE

For these screen shots we chose EA Sports' FIFA World Cup 2002, and The Thing, by Vivendi Universal. Each game was set up for play at a resolution of 1600x1200 with 32-bit color, and we cranked the Anti-Aliasing settings up to 4X.  Most games won't let you utilize these settings, but what we wanted to point out here was the benefits of turning the AA on at such a high resolution. For example, take a look at the crossbar in the FIFA picture. Perfectly straight, as it should be. The netting of the goal is shown in crisp, white lines with no blurriness. Then, check out the detail in The Thing. If you look close, you can see individual hairs in the main character on the left and can count the bullet holes that I put in the helicopter. It's this level of detail that brings games closer and closer to the graphical quality of CGI movies.

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

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