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MSI G4Ti4200-VTD8X
By Vijay Anand
Category : Graphics
Published by Jimmy Tang on Friday, 20th December, 2002
Rating : 4.5 out of 5 stars  

Cover Me In Copper!

When we test-drove the Reference NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti4200-8x a month ago, we were surprised by the lower heat dissipation exhibited by the NV28 core as compared to graphics cards based on the older Ti4200 cores. NVIDIA must have made some refinements before releasing this updated GPU. Given that even the older Ti4200 graphics cards were well taken care of by a standard aluminum heatsink and a 40mm fan, the MSI G4Ti4200-VTD8X knocked us off our feet when we unpacked it out of its box.

Feast your eyes on the large copper heatsink piece and cooler design.

We least expected such a radical heatsink and cooler for a card based on the Ti4200-8x GPU, but nevertheless, we can virtually feel you overclockers yearning to outfit such a cooler on your own graphics card.

Just when you thought the front of the card is all to awe at, even the rear has a large copper plate.

The underside of the carefully machined rear copper plate.

With two large copper plates sandwiching the MSI G4Ti4200-VTD8X graphics card and a large 50mm fan blowing on the front facing copper plate, there is no doubt about this card’s cooling capabilities.

Folded copper sheet to form copper fins, which was then forged with the base copper plate.

The overall design is somewhat reminiscent of ABIT’s OTES system found on their GeForce4 Ti4200, but without a heat pipe and without any extension for an out-of–system exhaust system. That would have undoubtedly added unnecessary cost to the card plus save you a PCI slot too. We find the cooling system offered on the MSI G4Ti4200-VTD8X is already more than sufficient.

With the heatsink off, we found that card used Samsung 4ns DDR memory. By the way, we were told that the 64MB versions actually use a 3.6ns memory part.

Here’s a shot of the Winbond hardware monitoring IC and a thermistor to monitor GPU temperature. The chip also monitors the fan RPM since the fan came with a monitoring wire.

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