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The Chaintech A-GT61 GeForce 4 Ti 4600
Flashy Packaging with Substance!

By - Robert Maloney
May 2, 2002

Overclocking The Chaintech GeForce4 Ti 4600
Where you really stretch those dollars

Overclocking the GF4 using Coolbits, we found the sweet spot to be a Core speed of 320 MHz, and a memory speed of 725MHz, which is in line with the 714MHz we figured the 2.8ns RAM would do earlier. At these speeds, we were able to break the 10,000 barrier at 1024x768 in 3DMark 2001. While the performance increase was barely negligible at lower resolutions, the percentage increased as we went to higher resolutions, topping out at a 5% increase when running Quake 3 at 1600x1200. With some extra cooling, we suspect we may have been able to go a bit higher, but we?ll still take the 5%.

As I sat back and looked at the pros and cons of this card, I realized that I really couldn?t find anything negative to say.  First of all, the A-GT61 is powered by the NVIDIA GeForce 4 Titanium 4600, which is not only the most powerful GPU out there equipped with new technologies such as nfiniteFX II, nView and the Accuview AA engine, but the most feature rich.  Couple that with 128MB of blazing-fast DDR memory and you have a card that means business.  Chaintech went a step further, and included a visually appealing setup with a black PCB board and not only golden heatsinks and fan, but a gold bracket as well.  They provided standard VGA out and TV-out capabilities, and also added a DVI connection for digital output to a flat panel.  To utilize these ports, they include the cables and/or adapters to use with them as well.  Also included is the excellent WinDVD and two full games, Aquanox and MDK2.  We were able to get some sweet overclocking done without any extra cooling, and suspect we could have gone even higher with some more concerted effort.  The Chaintech GeForce 4 TI 4600 dominated the charts, except during the Anisotropic filtering tests with Quake 3D, and I'm sure NVIDIA is looking into this "issue" anyway.  Using Pricewatch (http://www.pricewatch.com) as my guide, I found that the Special Edition model of the Chaintech GF4 was only selling for about $10-15 more than the standard edition, at $319 US.  I really can?t justify why anyone wouldn?t cough up the extra money considering the considerable difference in looks, cooling capabilities, and included software.  All in all, we were pleased with the Chaintech A-GT61 and give it a 9 on the Hot Hardware Heat Meter...

 

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