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

    The VisionTek Xtasy GeForce4 Ti 4200 128-MB Card

    The VisionTek Xtasy GeForce4 Ti 4200 128-MB card sticks with the NVIDIA default speeds and is clocked the standard 250 MHz core and 444 MHz DDR memory speeds. The heatsink-fan (HSF) is a custom model that is circular in design, with a deep blue heatsink and VisionTek branded cooling fan. This HSF is attached to the core using thermal tape, though the PCB does feature push-pin holes for easy HSF replacement or upgrades. The board is also a nice compromise between gaming and professional use, featuring VGA-out, DVI and TV/S-Video-out ports, though it does not feature any A/V extras or VIVO functionality.

    The Xtasy GeForce4 Ti 4200 128-MB card itself is both similar and very different from the standard format of the GeForce4 Ti 4600 or 4400. It features 128-MB of 4 ns DDR memory, using the older PGA form factor, and does not include any RAM heatsinks. The card is also quite a bit shorter that either the Ti 4400 or 4600, and checks in at approximately 7.5-inches. This compares to the GeForce4 Ti 4400/4600's approximate length of 9-inches, which gives the smaller GeForce4 Ti 4200 a huge advantage for those with troublesome motherboards (such as the EPoX 8KHA+) as well as fitting much better into smaller cases. This is one of the key ingredients to the GeForce4 Ti 4200, as the smaller card design virtually eliminates the need to worry about case or motherboard capacitor obstructions.

    The VisionTek retail box contains a basic fold-out installation guide, a driver/demo CD, and a copy of Cyberlink PowerDVD. The install guide is fairly generic, but is par for the course with a standard card like the Xtasy GeForce4 Ti 4200. The overall bundle is still pretty sparse compared to what other manufacturers are offering, but again, it does match with the GeForce4 Ti 4200's stated goal of providing 3D power at an affordable price point. The DVD software is certainly nice, though VisionTek should look into including at least once full-version game with its retail cards.

    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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