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The ASUS V8460 Ultra
GeForce4 Ti4600 Power and ASUS Quality

By -Chris Angelini
May 10th, 2002


MadOnion's 3DMark 2001SE
DirectX 8.1 performance with Remedy's MaxFX Engine

3D Mark 2001 SE shows very little difference between PNY?s Verto and ASUS? V8460.  On the other hand, both GeForce4 cards outdistance the older GeForce3 by nearly 24 percent.  Overclocking the GeForce4 becomes effective at 1280x1024, where performance is increased by about five percent.  At lower resolutions, the overclocking gains are nearly imperceptible. 

3DMark 2001SE Anti-Aliasing Performance
Stress testing with AA

The effects of four-sample anti-aliasing are devastating with regard to performance, but the visual quality is nothing short of amazing.  Again, both GeForce4 cards performed identically, while the 64MB GeForce3 wasn?t even able to complete the tests at 1280x1024.  The bandwidth demands of such intensive anti-aliasing translates into bigger gains for overclocking, and the V8460 is able to score 10 percent higher clocked at 310/735MHz.


Overclocking The V8460 Ultra
Does the Copper Fan Sink really help?

As you've undoubtedly already noticed, we have added scores for our overclocked V8460 Ultra in all of our tests.  With more than 63 million transistors, it isn?t difficult to imagine how complex the GeForce4 core really is.  The result is a product that unfortunately doesn?t offer much headroom for overclocking, even on a .15-micron manufacturing process.  On the other hand, the 2.8ns BGA memory modules are a little more lenient.  Even though our V8460 Ultra was able to operate with a 325MHz core and 745MHz memory clock, we found that the card would only run stably clocked at 310/735MHz (compared to 300/650MHz, stock).  Apparently, the Copper Fan Sink doesn?t do as much for overclocking as we had hoped it would.



Chances are, if you are in the market for a GeForce4 Ti4600, price isn?t too much of an issue.  If it were, you?d probably be looking towards a GeForce4 Ti4200 or alternatively, ATi?s RADEON 8500 LE.  With that said, the ASUS V8460 is one of the more expensive GeForce4 Ti4600 cards on the market.  If the software and accessory bundle is of value, then the price is justified.  Otherwise, you could save $40-50 on a competing board.

It would have been great to see ASUS? engineers work their magic with the high-end Ti4600.  Similarly, we would have liked to see more headroom in the overclocking department (especially since ASUS claims that the Copper Fan Sink provides superior overclocking).  The GeForce4 is a complex card though, and based on its current manufacturing process it doesn?t have much headroom above and beyond 300MHz, so it is hard to fault ASUS for not making the usual innovative improvements.  Let?s face it , at the end of the day, this is still the fastest 3D card on the market.

If price isn?t an issue, ASUS? V8460 Ultra is certainly an attractive product.  However, if you?d like to save some money, there are a few other high-end GeForce4 Ti4600 cards that can be picked up for less but you may not get the kind of bundle Asus is offering here.  If overclocking comes as a second nature, a GeForce4 Ti4400 or Ti4200 will provide competitive performance as well.

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