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September 2002 3Digest -
NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti4200 128MB DDR 3.3ns (250/550 MHz)

This chip is presented by S/U/M/A/ Platinum GeForce4 Ti 4200SE 128MB, AGP card.


We've already used to the appearance of improved products 6 months after their original version release (TNT - TNT2, GeForce - GeForce2, GeForce3 - NV25). But this time it was marketing that moved NV25 release from the fall of 2001 to February 2002, as they had to release Ti200/500 to compete with new ATI products. And so NV25 or GeForce4 was released. And already as a line: 4200-4600. And if Ti 4400/4600 appeared in February 2002, the junior 4200 serie was announced only in April and appeared in retail in May.

S/U/M/A/ went further and released a special variant of this card with 128MB of 3.3ns memory clocked at 275 (550) MHz. This card might become a good compromise of price and performance, having the latter close to Ti 4400 and the price about $200 (for the beginning of June).

Read more about GeForce4 in the following articles:

Wasn't overclocked.

On the 10th of September 2002 the latest drivers from NVIDIA are 30.20, 31.00, 40.41 for Windows XP.

Test results are in the summary diagrams.

Pay attention to the article concerning anisotropic filtering.

I shall mark that GeForce3/4 supports new types of antialiasing based on multisampling (MSAA) technology, including noteworthy Quincunx mode (read about it in our GeForce3 review). But it has a serious disadvantage of texture soaping. But we should have already used to trade-offs of modern accelerators. I recommend you to read the GeForce4 Ti article and get acquainted with the new 4xS AA.

Interesting technologies of working with vertex and pixel shaders allow to create more realistic lighting effects and to form original solutions:

Vertex shaders and fur

The power and perfomance of GeForce4 is in the best way demonstrated in the demo-version of the CodeCreatures engine with already two games in development:

Pixel shaders in action

There's no criticism about 3D quality in all the games tested. Look at the shots taken on GeForce3 and GeForce4.

Games / Cards 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti


Games / Cards 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24
NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti


Games / Cards 25 26 27 28 29 30
NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti


Game list:

  • 1. Return to Castle Wolfenstein
  • 2. Unreal2 (alpha version)
  • 3. Comanche4
  • 4. Jedi Knight II Outcast
  • 5. Morrowind
  • 6. Colin McRAE Rally2
  • 7. Red Faction
  • 8. Rally Trophy
  • 9. Sacrifice
  • 10. Venom
  • 11. Unreal Tournament 2003 DEMO
  • 12. Real MYST
  • 13. Blade of Darkness
  • 14. Neverwinter Nights
  • 15. 3DMark2001: Game1
  • 16. 3DMark2001: Game2
  • 17. 3DMark2001: Game3
  • 18. 3DMark2001: Game4
  • 19. 3DMark2001: Dot3
  • 20. 3DMark2001: EMBM
  • 21. 3DMark2001: Vertex Shaders
  • 22. 3DMark2001: Pixel Shaders
  • 23. Warcraft III
  • 24. Soldier of Fortune II
  • 25. Command and Conquer: Renegade
  • 26. No One Lives Forever Demo
  • 27. AquaNox
  • 28. Serious Sam: The Second Encounter
  • 29. IL2: Shturmovik
  • 30. MoHAA

And 6.* drivers are not compatible with the software for sound cards based on Yamaha processor, as well as with SoftXG100 software synthesizer. Start or Close Window buttons might be spoiled by some "garbage" in 2D mode. One solution is in the iXBT Forum.

Andrew Worobyew (Anvakams@ixbt.com)
Alexander Kondakov (kondalex@ixbt.com)
Evgeniy Zaycev (eightn@ixbt.com)
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