Visiontek Xtasy GeForce4 Ti4600 & Ti4400 review

More impressions 

Looking at the RAM chips, you will notice these come on a much smaller package than before, NVIDIA has switched to BGA packaging which lets them fit the 128mb without a problem. Another advantage of BGA over TSOP packaging is that the chips run much cooler even at high frequencies, no extra cooling is needed.

    

The Xtasy Ti4600 came equipped with 2.8ns RAM while the Ti4400 had 3.6ns rated chips on it. The speed difference between these cards will rely a lot on memory speed. If you’re planning on overclocking (which we cover in detail later on) the memory on the Ti4600 should be able to reach the 714 MHz mark (vs. 650 MHz default), while the Ti4400 should reach tops at 555 MHz (vs. 550 default), at least that’s in theory according to the nanosecond rates marked on the chips

Last but not least, cards’ bundle. Somewhat of a disappointment was the bundle Visiontek is currently offering with their high-end videocards. The software and documentation included was pretty similar to what they offered with their GeForce3 Titanium boards: in the box you get a quick installation paper, a drivers CD and another CD with Power DVD XP and in the case of the Xtasy Ti4600, you also get PowerDirector software to take full advantage of the VIVO port.

I really can’t complain on PowerDVD XP, being my favourite DVD player, getting a free copy of its latest version is nice indeed, but let’s remember we are talking of $250+ gaming devices here, and while Visiontek is becoming a larger brand name, they should seriously start thinking of getting deals with game publishers to offer at least OEM copies of one or two games to complete their cards bundle.

I have discussed before the niche Visiontek is pursuing with their cards and I know they are trying to keep prices as low as possible; while they are still focusing on the hardcore gamer with these GeForce4 Titanium boards, I insist, it’s time they pack more of a gaming bundle at least with the more expensive cards.

I should also mention that in the drivers CD you get the full manual (so, no print manual but you get a pretty detailed PDF), a how-to install video and some GeForce 3/4 technology demos.

 

Quick Tech Specs

Xtasy Ti4600

Specifications
• Controller: NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4600
• Bus Type AGP
• Memory 128MB DDR
• Core Clock 300MHz
• Memory Clock 650MHz DDR memory
• Dual RAMDACs 350MHz (each)
• API Support Direct-X®, Open GL ICD®
for Windows
• Connectors VGA, DVI, TV In/Out
• 1.23 trillion operations/sec.
• 136 Million vertices/sec setup
• 10.4GB/second memory bandwidth

Features at a Glance
• AGP 4x compatible with fast writes
• 256-bit 3D and 2D graphics accelerator
• NVIDIA nView™ display technologies
• Lightspeed Memory Architecture™ II
• Accuview Antialiasing™
• High Definition Video Processing Engine
• TV In/Out connectors
• DVI connector

Xtasy Ti4400

Specifications
• Controller: NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4400
• Bus Type AGP
• Memory 128MB DDR
• Core Clock 275MHz
• Memory Clock 550MHz DDR memory
• Dual RAMDACs 350MHz (each)
• API Support Direct-X®, Open GL ICD®
for Windows
• Connectors VGA, S-Video, DVI
• 1.12 Trillion operations/sec.
• 125 Million vertices/sec setup
• 8.8GB/second memory bandwidth

Features at a Glance
• AGP 4x compatible with fast writes
• 256-bit 3D and 2D graphics accelerator
• NVIDIA nView™ display technologies
• Lightspeed Memory Architecture™ II
• Dual Integrated 350MHz DACs
• Accuview Antialiasing™
• High Definition Video Processing Engine
• TV Out connector
• DVI connector



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