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September 2002 3Digest -
NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4600

This chip is presented by ASUS V8460 Ultra, 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 who 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. Now these are the most powerful 3D-accelerators on the PC game videocard market. "Almost" because ATI RADEON 9700 has already became the top one for some time.

Read more about GeForce4 in the following articles:

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

Overclocks to 335/750 MHz.

Windows XP

It's clear that 40.41 provides better performance, especially in D3D modes.

You can get more information about problems of various NVIDIA drivers at the NVIDIA World web-site.

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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