I had some pretty high hopes when it came to overclocking. After
all the G4Ti4600-VTD I bought so long ago did 325/770 out of the box! Since I'm
a naughty impatient overclocker, I immediately pushed the core speed to 325 MHz.
The Champ Ed did that with no problems so I pushed the core speed up another 5 MHz.
At 330 MHz we again didn't have a single problem! Great I thought, and
pushed it up yet another 5 MHz to 335 MHz.
The MSI videocard handled things like a
true Champion and didn't give me any problems! Feeling lucky I pushed it up to
340 MHz and while it would run the Nature game test in 3DMark, it would lock up
in everything else.
After tinkering for about half an hour,
I settled for a nice 336 MHz core overclock speed.
Since the core
overclocked as well as it did, I was very excited for the memory... but
unfortunately the BGA memory on this card was not up to the challenge. The first setting I tried
was 725 MHz. No problems with that. Next I pushed the memory to 750
When I hit the "Test New
Settings" button in the drivers I was greeted with a horrible sight. The card was artifacting very
badly and there was also a lot of tearing! I have never seen tearing
in a 2D image before, and I must say it was a scary sight! Lowering the memory
speed to 740 MHz still produced some heavy artifacting but thank god there was
In the end the maximum speed I could get out of the memory was 736 MHz. Not
the greatest overclock, but then again overclocking is luck of the draw most of
Still, at 336/736 (core/memory
speed) the card was very fast as you'll see in the accompanying
Test System Specs:|
||AMD AthonXP 2000+
12.5 x 133 MHz = 1.66 GHz
MSI Champ Ed. G4Ti4600-TD (300/660)
MSI Champ Ed. G4Ti4600-TD (336/736)
256MB Corsair XMS3200 CAS2
||40GB Samsung SP4004H 7200RPM
||NEC 52x CD-ROM|
Panasonic 1.44MB Floppy Drive
||Thermalright SK-6 w/60mm 40
CFM YS Tech|
||Antec 400W PSU |
Quake III Arena Ver 1.17
Return to Castle Wolfenstien
3DMark2001SE with AA
AquaMark with AA
Quake III Arena with
Because I have no reference benchmarks with the new
DetonatorXP 30.82 drivers, I won't be comparing the MSI Champion Edition
G4Ti4600-TD to any other videocard.