With the release of the new nForce2 platform for AMD's Socket-A processors, NVIDIA had to fill that empty AGP 8x void with a set of new GPUs. For the mainstream segment, NVIDIA released the GeForce4 MX 440-8x which is known as the NV18 core. On the higher end of the scale, there's the GeForce4 Titanium series which also received an upgrade to AGP 8x. Instead of the more powerful GeForce4 Ti 4400 or 4600, NVIDIA decided to up the ante with their more affordable Ti 4200 core to run on the AGP 8X specification. Known as NV28, it's definitely nowhere near the NV30 although the model numbering is just two units away.
Here's a closer look at the NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4200-8x reference card.
The new GeForce4 Ti 4200-8x is nothing more than just the same NV25 core running at AGP 8x specifications. The design of the card is exactly the same as any GeForce4 Ti 4200 card. Similar to the MX 440-8x, the Ti 4200-8x also received an upgrade to its clock frequency - so in short, it should run faster than any normal GeForce4 Ti 4200 cards available out there today.
Below is a summary of all the different versions of GeForce4 Ti 4200 and their clock speeds :-
GeForce4 Ti 4200 (64MB) - 250MHz core / 500MHz DDR memory
GeForce4 Ti 4200 (128MB) - 250MHz core / 444MHz DDR memory
GeForce4 Ti 4200-8x (128MB) - 250MHz core / 513MHz DDR memory
As you can see, the GeForce4 Ti 4200-8x is made to be the most powerful GPU of all the different offerings of the Ti 4200. In addition, it would also take advantage of the AGP 8x interface to deliver more graphics performance. However, we know that the difference between AGP 4x and 8x is very minimal. But, do stay tuned as we'll investigate the difference between 4x and 8x on the GeForce4 Ti 4200 in another article very shortly.