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MSI G4Ti4200-VD64 Video Card Review

MSI G4Ti4200-VD64 Video Card Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: With those fiscal considerations in mind it's amazing that MSI can bundle so much hardware and software with the Ti4200.
 86% Rating:   
Filed under: Video Cards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: MSI Jun 18 2002   Colin Sun  
Home > Reviews > Video Cards > MSI G4Ti4200-VD64

Overclocking and other fun stuff

By default, a GeForce4 Ti4200 is supposed to run at 250 MHz core and 500 MHz memory (for the 64MB version), however our G4Ti4200-VD64 was clocked at 250/513 MHz by default! There seems to be a trend here, our retail G4Ti4600-VTD had its memory clocked 10 MHz higher then default as well.

A quick little mod makes the Ti4200 glow.... blue. Kind of cool eh?

Anyway, since the G4Ti4200-VD64 uses 3.6ns DRAM I figured it should do at least 555 MHz (1000/3.6x2= 555) and we were hoping for a good memory overclock on the side as well.

We weren't disappointed as the memory topped out at 608 MHz. That's a pretty good overclock, it puts the memory speed past that of the GeForce4 Ti4400 cards!

The core of our G4Ti4200-VD64 was based on the A3 stepping of the GeForce4 Ti core so we also expected big things from it. Immediately we pushed up the core speed to 300 MHz (Ti4600 default) and there wasn't a single problem. We were finally able to hit a high of 321 MHz core frequency.

Running with both core and memory overclocked (321 MHz/608 MHz) produced some numbers even higher then those of a stock Ti4600! That's mighty impressive for a card which is about $250 CDN cheaper then a Ti4600!

PCStats Test System Specs:

Computer Hardware:

Processor: AMD AthonXP 2000+
Clock Speed:

12.5x133 MHz = 1.66 GHz

Motherboards:

Epox 8K3A+

Chipset:

VIA KT333CE

Videocard:

MSI G4Ti4600-VTD (300/660)
MSI G4Ti4200-VD64 (250/513)

MSI G4Ti4200-VD64 (321/608)

Memory:

256MB KingMAX DDR333

Hard Drive: 40GB 7200RPM Maxtor D740X Ultra/133
CDROM: Panasonic 48x CD-ROM CR-594-B
Floppy:

Panasonic 1.44MB Floppy Drive

Heatsink: Thermalright SK-6 w/60mm Delta
PowerSupply: Antec 400W PSU
Software Setup: WindowsXP
VIA 4in1 4.38V
DetonatorXP 29.42
Benchmarks:

3DMark2000
3DMark2001SE
AquaMark
DroneZ
CodeCreatures
Commanche 4
Quake III Arena Ver 1.17
Return to Castle Wolfenstien

3DMark2001SE with AA
AquaMark with AA
Quake III Arena with AA

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Contents of Article: MSI G4Ti4200-VD64
 Pg 1.  MSI G4Ti4200-VD64 Video Card Review
 Pg 2.  — Overclocking and other fun stuff
 Pg 3.  Benchmarks: 3DMark 2000 / 20001
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: AquaMark 2.3
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: DroneZ
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: CodeCreatures
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: Comanche 4
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: QIII Arena
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: 3DMark 2001 / Aquamark with AA
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: QIII Arena w/h AA & Conclusions

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