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    VisionTek Xtasy GeForce4 Ti 4200 128-MB Review
    By Vince Freeman :  June 24, 2002

    Value

    There is currently a rather wide spread between the GeForce4 Ti 4200 card prices, with the 64-MB models ranging from $150-$180, and the 128-MB versions being more expensive at approximately $175-$220. As we stated earlier, whether this premium is worth it depends totally on your buying habits and long-term goals for the card itself. VisionTek has certainly covered both sides of the buying equation by offering both a 64 and 128-MB Xtasy GeForce4 Ti 4200.

    In terms of comparison pricing, the VisionTek Xtasy GeForce4 Ti 4200 128-MB ($200-$210) is certainly at the upper end of the scale for basic gaming cards, though it does compete quite well against other name brand GeForce4 Ti 4200 products with the same feature set. The VisionTek 64-MB GeForce4 Ti 4200 is significantly lower priced at approximately $175. Quality certainly counts for something (as we witnessed in the overclock testing) and with a lifetime warranty and hassle-free support, it's only natural that their retail boards carry a slight price premium.

    Of course, this pricing structure does bring the Xtasy GeForce4 Ti 4200 128-MB uncomfortably close to some of the less-expensive GeForce4 Ti 4400 boards, a few of which also include VIVO functionality. Even VisionTek has a GeForce4 Ti 4400 that can be found online for around $225-$240. Another real challenger to the GeForce4 Ti 4200 is ATI and their impressive Radeon 8500 128-MB. This is a very powerful card, and at only $150-$160 for the full ATI retail box, it gives the GeForce4 Ti 4200 a very good run for the money.

    * Please note that online prices are taken at the time of review and are not intended to reflect long-term trends.

    Conclusion

    The age of the GeForce4 Ti 4200 is now upon us, and these boards should rule using an excellent mix of high-end power and mid-range pricing. These smaller GeForce4 Ti 4200 cards install like a dream, feature exceptional overclocking potential, and have more than enough performance for the vast majority of gamers. The choice between the two GeForce4 Ti 4200 models is still a sticky one, but you may want to look to the future and grab the 128-MB version. The VisionTek Xtasy GeForce4 Ti 4200 is an excellent choice in this area, and it has the quality, speed and overclocking demanded by the high-end gamer.

    Pros:

    • Excellent Overclocking Potential
    • No GeForce4 Ti 4400/4600-like Installation Issues
    • Lifetime Warranty

    Cons:

    • No Multimedia/VIVO Extras
    • Higher Relative Price

    Ratings:




    Page 1 Introduction
    Page 2 The Xtasy GeForce4 Ti 4200 128-MB Card
    Page 3 Xtasy GeForce4 Ti 4200 128-MB Specifications
    Page 4 Performance and Test System
    Page 5 Quake 3: Arena Performance
    Page 6 Serious Sam & Return to Castle Wolfenstein Performance
    Page 7 Comanche 4 and Jedi Knight II Performance
    Page 8 3DMark 2001SE, FSAA & AF Performance and Analysis
    Page 9 Xtasy GeForce4 Ti 4200 128-MB Overclocking
  • Page 10 Value and Conclusion

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