Visiontek GeForce 4 Ti 4600!

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The Visiontek GeForce 4 Ti 4600
The NV25 hits retail shelves!

By - Marco Chiappetta
March 20, 2002

HotHardware regulars know that we like to give every product to arrive in our labs a thorough physical inspection, before installing it into a test rig and running it through our suite of benchmarking apps.

Quality of the Visiontek GF4 Ti 4600
Lot's of NVIDIA hardware!



Our tour around the Visiontek GeForce 4 Ti 4600 begins with a look at the new GPU cooler developed by the folks at NVIDIA.  This new cooler is slightly larger than ones installed on the majority of earlier NVIDIA based video cards.  It's size isn't the only advantage though.  This cooler is shaped with fins that direct airflow from the fan, out of the cooler, towards the RAM.  Having air constantly circulating over the RAM will keep the memory cooler, which should help with overclockability and stability.  Next we see the Visiontek GeForce 4 Ti 4600's external connectors.  On the plate you'll find a standard 15-Pin analog VGA monitor connector, the Video-In / Video-Out socket and a standard DVI connector.  Also notice the analog VGA connector extends back about an inch over the PCB, we suspect to add another layer of shielding over the output filters.  In the third picture, a multitude of capacitors can be seen, as well as the new BGA (Ball Grid Array) packaged DDR RAM.

Memory using BGA packaging is able to hit higher clockspeeds than standard modules, while generating less heat and taking up less real estate on the PCB.  The particular modules found on our Visiontek GeForce 4 Ti 4600 are from Samsung 2.8ns parts, clocked at 650MHz. (325MHz x 2).  If we do a little math though, and divide 1000 by 2.8, we find that technically this memory should be able to hit 357MHz. which equates to 714MHz. DDR.  That should give us some overclocking headroom.  We'll delve into overclocking a little later though.

Installation and Drivers
Anyone can do this...
Installing the Visiontek GeForce 4 Ti 4600 was a piece of cake.  We inserted the card into our AGP slot, powered up the system, booted into Windows XP and waited for the "New Hardware Found" dialog box.  We then browsed to the folder where our drivers were located, and one re-boot later we were ready to rock. 



We've explored the Detonator XPs in quite a few previous articles, so we won't bore you again with regurgitated details.  The above screenshots show the general driver information tab, D3D, OpenGL, AA and nView settings tabs.  If you've already got an NVIDIA based video card installed in your system, you've probably seen these before, but those who don't may want to check them out and see what they're made of.

As we mentioned on page one, Visiontek bundles Cyberlink's excellent PowerDVD XP with the Xtasy GeForce 4 Ti 4600.

DVD playback using PowerDVD XP was top-notch.  I routinely watch movies on my PC while working or browsing, and have been very happy with the Visiontek GeForce 4 Ti 4600's DVD playback.

The Test Rig, Some Screens & DirectX 8 Benchmarks


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