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Asus Geforce 4 Ti4400 V8440: Although production has been discontinued, the Ti4400 can be readily found at a variety of vendors. With performance between that of the Ti4600 and the Ti4200, and a price that reflects that, is a Ti4400 still worth consideration?
 
 
Date: February 10, 2003
Catagory: Video Cards
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3D Mark 2001 SE

Madonion's 3D Mark doesn't need any introduction. It's arguably the most popular Direct 3D benchmarking tool out there. It doesn't really stress a lot of todays video cards, but it's freely available, and people still use it&

The Ti4400 lags behind the pack at stock speeds, but pulls past the Ti4600 at overclocked speeds.

Unreal Tournament 2003

We used the scripts written by , which are excellent tools in testing various resolutions and detail levels. We tested with the Antelus, and the Inferno benchmarks, the latter being more video intense.

Antelus Benchmark

Inferno Benchmark

In the both benchmarks, things go as expected. It's not until we overclock the Ti4400 that we see comparable framerates with the Ti4600.

Code Creatures

I've not used this benchmark much before, but it was something demo'd a lot with the GeForce 3. It's actually a "pretty" benchmark, but it's more useful to me than 3D Mark since it's a little more geared towards next-gen cards due to it's DX8 capable engine.

Given that most of us are used to seeing 300FPS in Quake 3, it was a bit of a humbling experience to see FPS in the low teens to the mid 20s to 30s. From what I hear, framerates of 30+ are difficult to attain. No doubt, a faster PC or some overclocking will fix that. I probably wouldn't bother with AA though, as that will surely kill the framerates to unplayable levels.

Don't let these number scare you off though, as it will still be some time before we see a game that will be this taxing.

Final Words

As we can see, the Ti4400 is still a decent card, and despite being discontinued, you can still find them for . They average between 190$ - 210$, and although they're about 60$ more expensive than most Ti4200s, they are only about 40$ cheaper than Ti4600s. Six months ago, they were 100$ cheaper, and back then, they would have been a great deal, but today, I'm afraid not. Don't forget that the latest Ti4600s and Ti4200s being released also support AGP8x (the Ti4400 doesn't), and naturally, they can be overclocked as well.

The Asus Ti4400 is a quality product, and does come with more extras than some other cards. It proved to be a decent overclocker, includes a DVI splitter (many early cards didn't even have a DVI-to-VGA connection), as well as a video encoder. It doesn't support AGP8x though, which isn't a problem now, but will likely be in the near future. I suggest you look at an AGP8x capable Ti4200 if money is an object, which it usually is.

Pros: Good Performance, good overclocker, DVI splitter included, nice looking PCB and heatsink.

Cons: Despite being cheaper than a Ti4600, it's no bargain. Your money will be better spent on a Ti4200.

Bottom Line: The Ti4400 would be a bargain if you can find one wholesale, or even used. It still has some life left in it, but at 190$, it isn't something we can recommend, especially when there are other cards that will give you a whole lot more value.

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