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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  


Under constant threat by ATI’s Visual Processing Units (VPU) and their aggressive pricing, NVIDIA has been pressured as of late to offer new Graphics Processing Units (GPU). However NVIDIA is sitting out till their big launch of the GeForce FX to storm the graphics card industry and gaming scene early next year.

Although NVIDIA did not wish to launch any newer chipsets in the meantime, they did consider refurbishing the current GeForce4 Titanium chipsets because of ATI’s competition and due to the long 'dry spell' since the GeForce4 Titanium chipsets were first launched. That brought about the GeForce4 Ti 4200-8x (NV28), which gave the existing GeForce4 Ti 4200 core an AGP 8x transfer capability and a slight increase in memory clock to boost memory bandwidth.

The new GeForce4 Ti 4200-8x GPU would soon replace all Ti 4200 GPU based graphics cards that are still available. We also have received information that a GeForce4 Ti 4800 SE and Ti 4800 GPU would replace the existing GeForce4 Ti 4400 and Ti 4600 respectively. What is certain is that both would take advantage of the AGP 8x interface, but not much else is known apart from a possibly faster core or memory clock speed. Not very much can be expected of them since these mentioned GPUs are just re-branded cores of what have been available for months and the fact that NVIDIA is shifting all its efforts on the upcoming GeForce FX.

The box art of the MSI G4Ti4200-VTD8X is vastly different from the box art of the older MSI GeForce4 Ti4200 graphics cards. Looks like quite a bit of marketing is done to differentiate the new GF4Ti4200-VTD8X from its other siblings similar in technology.

Coming back to the presently available GeForce4 Ti 4200-8x graphics cards that have started mushrooming on retail shelves from various vendors, we take a look at an industry leader’s offering: MSI's G4Ti4200-VTD8X.

MSI G4Ti4200-VTD8X 128MB Technical Specifications
Graphics Engine
  • NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4200-8x GPU
  • nfiniteFX II Engine
    • Dual programmable Vertex Shaders
    • Procedural deformations
    • Programmable matrix palette skinning
    • Real-time hair and fur shading
    • Keyframe animation interpolation
    • Morphing
    • Fog effects : Radial, Elevation, Non-linear
    • Lens effects : Fish eye, Wide angle, Fresnel effects, Water refraction
    • Programmable Pixel Shaders
  • Accuview Antialiasing
  • nView Display Technology
  • Lightspeed Memory Architecture II engine
    • Four independent memory controllers
    • Lossless Z-compression
    • Z-occlusion culling
    • Fast Z-clear
    • Auto-precharge
  • Shadow Buffers
  • Integrated hardware lighting engine
  • DirectX and S3TC texture compression
  • Dual cube environment mapping capability
  • Hardware accelerated real-time shadows
  • True, reflective bump mapping
  • High-performance 2D rendering engine
  • High-quality HDTV/DVD playback
  • High-definition video processor (HDVP)
  • 113M triangles/sec
  • 4 billion texels Fill Rate (AA sample/sec)
  • Default clock speed 250/513 (core/DDR memory)
  • 128MB DDR Memory
  • 8.2GB/sec Memory Bandwidth
  • Microsoft DirectX 8.x optimizations and support
  • OpenGL 1.3 optimizations and support
Graphics Memory
  • 128MB DDR SDRAM (Samsung 4.0ns)
  • 350MHz RAMDAC
  • 1x analog RGB connector
  • 1x 9-pin mini-DIN connector (for TV-Out and Video-in)
  • 1x DVI-I connector (for Digital Flat Panel displays) with DVI-I to DB-15 converter
Driver & Software
  • Driver support for Windows 98/98SE/Me/NT 4.0/2000/XP
  • NVIDIA Unified Driver Architecture (UDA)
  • Fully compliant professional OpenGL 1.3 API with NVIDIA extensions
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon
  • The Elder Scrolls III : Morrowind (2 discs)
  • Duke Nukem Manhattan Project
  • 7-in-1 Games Collections : The Sum of All Fears, Beam Breakers, IL-2 Sturmovik, Serious Sam: The Second Encounter, Rally Trophy, Beam Breakers, Zax: The Alien Hunter, Oni
  • FarStone VirtualDrive & RestoreIT!
  • InterVideo WinDVD 5.1 Channel & Supreme Foreign Language Learning Machine
  • InterVideo WinProducer/WinCoder & Professional Users' Pack
  • Trend PC-cillin 2002
  • ThinSoft Be Twin
  • E-Color 3Deep
  • MSI Utilities
  • MSI 3D Desktop
Other Information
  • AGP 2.0/3.0 slot required
  • 1 PCI-assigned IRQ Required

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