When the GeForce4 Ti line was first announced by NVIDIA, all eyes turned to the GeForce4 Ti 4600. This card has incredible specifications and looked like the heir apparent to the high performance crown. Further benchmarking and product reviews would cement this fact, as the GeForce4 Ti 4600 became the performance card against which all others would be measured.
This is all fine in theory, but most gamers, even the hardcore ones, may not have the budget for such a high-end product. The lower-cost GeForce4 Ti 4400 provided some relief, but this was still quite draining on the pocketbook. Out of the three available models, the GeForce4 Ti 4200 looked to be the most attractive solution for gamers on a budget. The GeForce4 Ti 4200 offered a lower-clocked version of the GeForce4 Ti 4600 or 4400, but at a much lower price.
In many ways, the GeForce4 Ti 4200 is almost too good, and is a card that could best be termed a potential GeForce3 Ti 500-killer. With its attractive price and potentially high performance, the Ti 4200 model would have likely created a great deal of product overlap had it been released along with the GeForce4 Ti 4600 and 4400. So NVIDIA chose to delay its introduction, possibly until the GeForce3 Ti supplies have decreased. In the interim, many have had to wait patiently (or not) for the release of the GeForce4 Ti 4200, while the other kids can go out and play with their new GeForce4 Ti 4600 or 4400 boards.
It can be irritating to continue the vigil, and unfortunately, we will all have to wait a bit longer for the GeForce4 Ti 4200 to debut. But on the good news side, we do have a full review for you to peruse, complete with tons of juicy benchmarks. The board in question is an NVIDIA reference GeForce4 Ti 4200 64-MB model, running at the default 250 core/500 memory clock speeds. It may not be as good as buying the actual card, but the price-performance we're about to show you should get your engines humming.