We have seen some definite action at the high-end of the 3D scale, and with the release of the ATI Radeon 9700 Pro, we now have a new speed champion. That's great if you've got the cash for the very fastest card available, but does little if your eyes are too big for your wallet. Both the GeForce4 Ti 4400 and 4600 continue to decrease in price, but many still feel the best buy exists with the GeForce4 Ti 4200.
This is a no-brainer, since the GeForce4 Ti 4600 is still a high-end performer, and the Ti 4200 card is simply a lower-clocked version of the same chip. This means the GeForce4 Ti 4200 feature list remains unchanged, and that the card includes the same nfiniteFX II Engine, Lightspeed Memory Architecture II, and Accuview Anti Aliasing enhancements found on its higher-speed and more expensive GeForce4 Ti 4600 and 4400 siblings. This is not so with the even less-expensive GeForce4 MX, as you lose out on full DirectX 8 compatibility.
The GeForce4 Ti 4200 selection is also second to none, and there is virtually a card for every budget and use. These include the low-cost 64-MB pure gaming boards, the higher-end 128-MB versions, and works all the way up to multimedia-equipped, VIVO editions with all the bells and whistles. The GeForce4 Ti 4200 is not only one of the best 3D card values, but inside that basic model resides a whole range of choice.
MSI is one of the top hardware producers in the world, and although the company cut their eye teeth in motherboards, they are working hard to make performance video cards a staple of their product line. The MSI GeForce4 Ti 4600 impressed us with its combination of high performance, overclockability, and super software bundle. That's just the tip of the iceberg where MSI's product line is concerned and the company produces a dizzying array of other GeForce4 Ti cards. The two we will be looking at today include a fully-equipped GeForce4 Ti 4200 128-MB VIVO card and a more basic GeForce4 Ti 4200 64-MB board. These two products go from one end of the spectrum to the other, and should give us a very good picture of the advantages of each design.