OCSystem Enhanced GeForce4 4200TI 64MB DDR Review

Bosco - 2007-01-26 18:22:59 in Video Cards
Category: Video Cards
Reviewed by: Bosco   
Reviewed on: July 27, 2002
Price: N/A

Introduction

I was contacted by GeilUSA, a company that I don't really know much about, asking if I would review their products. I expected a few strips of memory but they suprised me with a video card as well. Today we will be looking at the Enhanced GeForce4 4200TI 64mbDDR. Plenty of S-Video cords included as well as patch cords.

I did a little price surfing to see what stock GeForce 4600TI's were going for, the prices ranged from $300 all the way up to $400 on average. Now to me thats a big price gap, since this card can keep up with performance and speed for $85 to $185 less.

Specs:

  • 320mhz Core Clock
  • 610mhz Memory Clock
  • 64mb DDR Memory
  • Thermaltake Copper Cooler & Heatsink
  • Nickle Plated Copper Ramsink
  • This card has a TV 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 destop space. They have included an adapter with the card as well for running an LCD monitor. A cable was also included for TV out. Everything is here to take full advantage of your video cards options.

    As you can see I connected the S-Video to the video card, now on to the TV.

    I connected it to my video jack, much easier then pulling out the TV.

    The pic looks bad because of the flash off the camera. I booted the computer up, of course windows detected the TV.

    Better pic with no light.


    It is very easy to set up. Now if there was a DVD movie on this machine I could have played it right on the TV. The graphics look poor but thats due to my camera. A 29inch monitor who wouldn't want that! I was so impressed with the graphics I wanted to take it to the computer room, but my wife wouldn't let me.

    As you can see on the above pic, the Thermaltake Cooler makes a nice add on feature. It is coated with Artic Silver 3, of course. This fan helps keep the card cool, when you are pushing it by playing games and benchmarking. It also helps by keeping the warm air from the rest of your computer away from the card which could cause the card to heat up. If you look to the right of the fan, you will notice the silver ram heatsinks. These are great for keeping the cards memory cool, while its working hard.

    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.

    Testing

    Test Setup:

  • AMD 2100+ (Not Overclocked)
  • GA-7VRXP
  • GeForce4 4200TI
  • Memory 512MB DDR(Infineon)
  • WinXP Pro
  • Used Manufactures Driver for every test, Detonator driver lowered scores
  • 3D Mark 2001SE:

    The above test done at 1024 x 768 x 32 with AA turned off AA x 2 and AA x 4

    The above test done at 1280 x 1024 x 32 with AA turned off AA x 2 and AA x 4

    The above test done at 1600 x 1200 x 32 with AA turned off AA x 2 and AA x 4

    Quake 3 tests:

    The above test done at 1024 x 768 x 32 with AA turned off and AA x 4

    The above test done at 1280 x 1024 x 32 with AA turned off and AA x 4

    The above test done at 1600 x 1200 x 32 with AA turned off and AA x 4

    Card temps were 30c on Idle and load was 36c.

    Conclusion

    WOW!!!!! This is the first word that comes to my mind. This card was so impressive, it kept up with my Asus. For a company that I have never heard of, they have made quite an impression on me. Companies can either walk the walk, or talk the talk, this company can do both. This card beat my Asus Ti4600 right out of the box. The only way that my Asus could beat the card, is by overclocking it. I almost hit 300FPS twice with the 4200TI, very impressive! A nice feature to have, is the Thermaltake fan on it as well. I'm still in shock on the performance with this card. If you are looking for a gamer card this would be the one to purchase. It would be very intresting to see an Enhanced GeForce4 4600TI, being that this card is so powerful.

    Pros

  • Powerful
  • Thermaltake Fan
  • Ram Sinks
  • Awesome Graphics
  • Just as powerful as Stock Ti4600 cards
  • TV Out
  • DVI out
  • Cons

  • No Instructions
  • No Specs
  • No Retail Box