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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 is at the value end of the GeForce4 Ti line, but to give a full view of overall performance, we're also including benchmark results from a wide range of competitive cards. The reference 3D card selection includes the GeForce4 Ti 4600, 4400 and 4200 (64-MB), the GeForce3 Ti 500 and 200, along with a Radeon 85000 128-MB (275/275) board.

    Our reference platform is a real gaming speed demon, combining a Pentium 4-2.53 GHz processor with a SiS 645DX motherboard and 512-MB of high-end Crucial PC2700. This is an extremely fast setup for 3D game benchmarks and ensures that we've got adequate headroom for the 3D cards to work with. The SiS 645DX is also proving popular with the performance gaming crowd, not to mention being the de facto platform for high-end Pentium 4 overclocking. Even though the Pentium 4-2.53 GHz may be out of reach for many, the actual core speed corresponds well to the overclocking results many are getting.

    The NVIDIA driver is the latest Detonator 29.42 version, and the ATI Radeon 8500 testing makes use of the latest Catalyst 2.1 (7.72) release. For game benchmarking, Quake 3: Arena, 3DMark 2001SE and Return to Castle Wolfenstein are some of the old favorites, but we also feature newer game tests such as Jedi Knight II, Comanche 4 and Serious Sam; The Second Encounter. Anti Aliasing and Anisotropic Filtering performance benchmarks are also featured, along with our usual descent into the overclocking depths.

    Test System

    General Settings:
    Desktop Resolution: 1024x768
    Color Depth: 16-bit
    V-Sync: Disabled

    SiS 645DX - MSI 645E Max 2 Motherboard
    Processors: Pentium 4-2.53B
    Memory: 512 MB Crucial PC2700 DIMM
    Motherboard: MSI 645E Max 2
    Motherboard chip set: SiS 645DX
    NVIDIA reference drivers: 29.42
    ATI reference drivers: Catalyst 2.1/7.72
    Hard-Drive: Western Digital 40GB 7200RPM ATA100
    IDE Interface: Ultra ATA100
    Sound: Creative Labs Sound Blaster Live
    CD/DVD: Panasonic DVD-ROM
    Power Supply: Sparkle 400 Watt
    Operating System: Windows XP Pro

    Video Cards:
    VisionTek Xtasy GeForce4 Ti 4200 (128-MB)
    GeForce4 Ti 4200 (64-MB) NVIDIA Reference
    VisionTek Xtasy GeForce4 Ti 4400
    MSI G4Ti4600-VTD GeForce4 Ti 4600
    ATI Radeon 8500 128-MB
    VisionTek Xtasy 6564 GeForce3 Ti 500
    Hercules 3D Prophet III Ti 200 GeForce3 Ti 200

    Quake III Arena Test Specifics
    Version: 1.30 (retail)
    V-Sync: Disabled
    Sound Disabled
    High Quality Defaults

    Return to Castle Wolfenstein Specifics:
    Version 1.0
    High Quality Defaults
    Checkpoint MP demo

    Serious Sam: The Second Encounter Specifics:
    Version 1.05
    Elephant Atrium demo

    Jedi Knight II Specifics:
    Version 1.02 Jk2ffa demo

    3DMark 2001SE Pro Specifics
    : Version 1.0

    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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