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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

Since I consider myself as a "hardcore gamer", I am always more interested in real-world scores with current games, that Q3 numbers or synthetic benchmarks. I like something that gives us a more precise showing of what kind of performance to expect with today's games. To do so, I used Serious Sam and Jedi Knight 2 for OpenGL testing, and Comanche 4 for DirectX.

Serious Sam: The Second Encounter
Move over Duke Nukem, the new Alien-bashing king has arrived

 
First on my list was Serious Sam: The Second Encounter. Still hung up at the cliffhanger end of the first game, I wanted to see what I could expect when playing the second one with these new video cards. I configured the game to use OpenGL and ran the "Little Trouble" demo using the "Maximum Quality" script, created by the folks at Beyond3D, to max out the texture and filtering quality.  We use these scripts because the game will actually try to optimize the engine for whichever card you are using. By using this script, we used the same parameters for all tests...

All cards produced nice results, and the Radeon overtook the GeForce 3. Once we moved up to the higher resolutions, the performance delta between the Ti 4600 and the 4200s begins to truly manifest itself, although the difference between the two 4200s is minimal, 3fps at best. The Radeon and the GF3 cards really start to drop off at 1600x1200.

Novalogic's Comanche 4 Benchmark
Direct 3D Testing on a leading edge Flight Sim

Next up was Novalogic's Comanche 4 Demo. Comanche 4 makes use of DirectX8 Pixel and Vertex shaders, and is a useful tool for testing performance under DirectX 8. As the demo comes with built-in benchmarking routines, it is very easy to use and truly one of the better demos to watch, especially after running so many tests. (Ed. Note: After almost 4 years watching Quake 3 timedemos, a variety in benchmarks is welcome.)

In the first graph, all three of the GF4 cards ran neck and neck, and it's obvious that at 1024x768 the limiter is probably not the video card, but instead the CPU.  Once we start running the demo at higher resolutions, however, we can see where the faster core speed, and the more ample RAM on the Asus card really make a difference. At 1600x1200, the Asus Ti 4200, with 128MB, has the Best Data Ti 4200, with only 64MB, beat by over 6 frames per second.  The Ti 4600 ruled the roost though.

Jedi Knight & Max Payne

Tags:  Asus, F4, GF, UX

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