AOpen GeForce4 4200TI 128MB DDR Review

Bosco - 2007-01-26 16:00:43 in Video Cards
Category: Video Cards
Reviewed by: Bosco   
Reviewed on: September 15, 2002
GF City Computers
Price: N/A

Introduction

I am beginning to becoming a fan of Aopen. I have been impressed with their boards as well their lower end video cards. Today we are going to look at the higher end 128MB 4200TI, we will be comparing it to the ATI 8500 128MB which should put up quite a challenge. So who will come out on top, read on and we shall find out.

Specs:

  • 250mhz Core Clock
  • 447mhz Memory Clock
  • 128MB DDR Memory
  • 63 million transistors
  • 8.8GB/sec memory bandwidth
  • nfiniteFX II engine
  • Accuview Anti Aliasing
  • Light Speed Memory Architecture II
  • nView
  • Supports DirectX 8.1
  • OpenGL 1.3 support
  • Memory:

  • 128MB On-board DDR memory
  • TV-out:

  • TV-out up to 1024x768 resolution
  • Driver support:

  • Win 2K, ME, Win 98, WinXP
  • Intel Pentium II/III/Celeron, Pentium 4
  • AMD Athlon/Duron/XP
  • (systems with AGP 1.0 Slot and up to 4.0)
  • This card has an S-Video out adapter, DVI out and VGA plug in. TV out is great for those of you that like to watch DVD's off of your computer and have it running off of your TV. DVI is for running a LCD monitor for those hard working people that need desktop space. Their is a few cords included for the S-Video option, but no DVI connector.

    Here you can see small fan but a bigger base. I have wondered why the choose this shape for the base looks kind of different don't you think?

    Installation

    This is very easy to do. Just take out your old card and pop your new one in and power up the system and install the drivers. Make sure that the card is pushed all the way into the slot or you may not get the machine to boot up.

    Testing

    Were are going to run benchmarks on 3dmark2001, Quake 3 and Comanche 4. So let’s get started.

    Test Setup:

  • AMD 2100+ (Not Overclocked)
  • GA-7VRXP
  • GeForce4 4200TI
  • Memory 512MB DDR(Infineon)
  • WinXP Pro
  • Detonator driver version 40.41
  • 3dmark2001

    The 4200TI really out performs the 8500 on these tests.

    Tests were closer this time, as you can see the 8500 won the AA4x test.

    As you can see by this test the 4200Ti doesn't like high resolutions and AA turned on. The 8500 did awesome in the AA2X and 4X test compared to the 4200TI.

    Comanche 4

    The 4200TI won the first two tests and the last test the 8500 won.

    The 4200TI just beat the 8500 on the first test lost by one frame on the second test but lost the last test by a large amount.

    Once again the 4200Ti won the first test barely, and lost the last two tests. As you can see once again the 4200Ti does not perform well at high resolutions or with AA turned on. The results that we got on the 8500 I don't think were completely right, I think that the drivers may have been blocking the proper test from being ran. I will be updating scores if I do have different results.

    Quake 3

    Here the 4200Ti out performs the 8500 in every test but not by a huge margin like some would expect, but still the 4200Ti comes out on top here.


    Conclusion

    As a gamer card the 4200TI met the mark, but for having the 128MB of memory I did expected the card to do a lot better against the 8500. Quality has to go to the 8500 but performance I would have to say the 4200TI but not by much. If you are looking to step into the lower end TI gaming cards a 4200TI might be all you need. Overall I thought the card did all right but I wasn't overly impressed with it.

    Pros

  • Good Graphics
  • S-Video Out
  • DVI out
  • Decent Entry Gamer Card
  • Cons

  • Expensive
  • Thought It Lacked Performance