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The VisionTek XTasy GeForce4 Ti 4400
Compelling performance without the price tag

By -Dave Altavilla
April 9, 2002

 

MadOnion's 3DMark 2001SE is one of the most comprehensive and reliable Direct 3D Benchmarks available today.  It measures overall systems performance while focusing on the graphics subsystem and it's capabilities with leading edge 3D rendering functions, such as pixel and vertex shading.

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

 

Besting the Radeon 8500 by over 2000 3DMarks, at 1280X1024, the VisionTek GeForce4 Ti 4400 really shows its muscle.  What is probably more interesting is the fact that the Ti4400 driven XTasy card is within 4 - 6% of the Ti 4600 reference card with 3DMark 2001 SE.  With a significantly lower price tag, as much as $80 less than a comparable VisionTek Ti 4600 card, the Ti 4400 product is showing its place in the market.

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

Let's turn on 4X FSAA, which is harsh treatment for any graphics card with this benchmark suite.

Here again we see the same trend in memory bandwidth and fill rate, with the Ti 4600 widening it's lead over the Ti4400 based VisionTek card, to an approximately 10% advantage.  The rest of the numbers speak for themselves.

 

Overclocking The VisionTek XTasy GeForce4 Ti 4400
Where you really get bang for your buck

Well then, you've seen that we were able to get the core clock on this Ti 4400 card running stable at 305MHz and the memory stable at 675MHz.  These clock speeds are slightly higher than stock Ti 4600 levels.  Here's what that extra guard band that VisionTek built into their product, can afford you in incremental performance.


You've got to love the fine art of over-clocking.  Here we see our roughly $250 Ti 4400 card actually beat out the roughly $330 Ti 4600 card.  Of course, the Ti 4600 could indeed over-clock as well and leave all cards behind in this test... but you knew that.  Getting more for your dollar, that's what over-clocking is all about.  Again at these clock speeds, our particular card was stable and graphically glitch-free.  Your personal results could vary.  Keep out of reach of children.  In case of accidental ingestion.... err.. wait a minute.  Wrong warning label there, sorry.  ;-)

 

You'll recall we were talking about "price points" and other marketing strategies with respect to this somewhat saturated market segment, we call PC Graphics.  In this regard, the question we kept asking ourselves was, "does this product really differentiate itself"?  Unfortunately it is hard to say at this time.  Performance was excellent and within 10 - 15% on average of it's higher end counterpart, the GeForce4 Ti 4600.  In addition, our sample was capable of over-clocking well into Ti 4600 specifications.  With that in mind, it seems hard to justify the premium you would have to pay for a Ti 4600 card versus this VisionTek Ti 4400.  Then there is of course perhaps the even more impressive, from a price/performance ratio standpoint, GeForce4 Ti 4200.  We'll be looking into the details on that card shortly here at HotHardware as well.

So you see, things can get pretty complicated when it comes to answering the question of which graphics card is the right one for you.  In the end, we'll leave it up for you to decide, based on price and the performance and features of the product we showcased for you here.  The VisionTek GeForce4 Ti 4400 we feel is worthy of a heat meter rating of a very solid "9".  It fits nicely between the high end NVIDIA Ti 4600 based offering and the budget Ti 4200.

 

 Come get some in the HotHardware PC Hardware Forum, now!

 

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