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MSI G4Ti4200-TD8X64: MSI has come a long way from just being another motherboard manufacturer. They've expanded into several markets now, including servers and multimedia. Today we'll be looking at their latest video card, the Ti4200-TD8X64.
 
 
Date: December 23, 2002
Catagory: Video Cards
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Ed. Note: Our original review referred to this card as the MSI G4Ti4200-VTD8X, when in fact it is the MSI G4Ti4200-TD8X64. The MSI G4Ti4200-VTD8X has 128MB of ram, whereas this card has 64MB. Sorry for any confusion.

, aka MSI, have worked hard the past several years to try to gain mindshare in enthusiasts. Well known for quality motherboards, they have been pouring more R&D into making them more feature rich and overclockable. They have also expanded into several other areas, such as small form factor PCs, servers, and multimedia.

We were quite impressed with the Ti4200-VTD64 when we looked at it several months back. It was competitively priced, and overclocked like a champ. With the releases from ATi, nVidia needed to play a bit of catchup. The GeForce FX is still vapour-ware for consumers, so they have worked on getting their GeForce 4s (both the MX and Ti) to AGP8x.


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Sporting a new cooling solution for the GPU and Memory, as well as 128 Megs of onboard RAM and support for the 8x AGP bus, MSI now has an even more impressive Geforce4Ti4200 solution. In this review I will be comparing the new MSI Geforce4Ti4200 (G4Ti4200-TD8X64) with the older MSI Geforc4Ti4200 (G4Ti4200-VTD64 (MS-8870)).

Specifications

Chipset Features
- 256-bit 3D and 2D graphics accelerator
- Integrated second-generation Transform and Lighting engines
- Supports AGP 2x/4x/8x interface
- 34million triangles per second setup engine with Z-cull and Z-clear
- 1.1billion texels per second and 540million pixel per second fill rate
- NVIDIA Shading Rasterizer with 24 of 26 DX8 pixel shading
functions and full set of OpenGL 1.3 pixel combiner operations
- 32-bit color with 32-bit z/stencil
- Cube environment mapping
- DirectX® and S3TC® texture compression
- Digital Vibrance Control
- Enhanced TwinView dual-display architecture supporting any combination of notebook LCD, desktop VGA monitor, DVI display or TV set
- Dual CRTC/Simultaneous Dual Display(same or different surfaces)
- Integrated dual LVDS Transmitter supporting LCD panels up to 2048x1536
- Integrated 350 MHz Palette-DAC for analog VGA monitors up to 2048x1536
- Integrated NTSC/PAL TV encoder supporting resolutions up to 1024x768
- Integrated TMDS transmitter for Digital Visual Interface support with scaling and filtering for flat panels up to 1600x1200
- DVD- and HDTV-ready MPEG-2 decoding up to 1920x1080i ATSC format
- MPEG-2 hardware decode, including Inverse Discrete Cosine Transform and Motion Compensation

Video Output Function
TV-out (S-Video connector)
DVI Connector
Video_in (Supported by MSI Mini-extended connector)

MSI Features

MSI Live VGA BIOS
MSI Live VGA Driver
MSI 3D!Turbo Experience™!
MSI DVD Player (5.1 Channel)
Virtual Drive 7 (Professional Version)
Restore It 3 (Professional Version)
MSI Foreign Language Learning Machine
InterVideo WinProducer/WinCoder Ver2.0

Support Memory: 128MB DDR SDRAM


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The VTD8X comes in a flashy box, and all the components are in anti-static bags and carefully packed. So much for packaging... let's take a closer look at the card...

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