The ASUS V8460 Ultra
GeForce4 Ti4600 Power and ASUS Quality

By -Chris Angelini
May 10th, 2002

When you think of the movers and shakers in the motherboard industry, names like Abit, MSI, and ASUS immediately come to mind.  Their solid products generally deliver the best stability and more often than not, performance above and beyond their competition.  A reputation like that takes years to build and can be torn apart in a single product cycle.  So you can be sure that when a big-name Taiwanese manufacturer releases hardware, its already been through the ringer on their end. 

Nowadays, the large manufacturers dont seem to be content building motherboards alone.  Theyve also seen interest in other markets, like video cards, speaker systems, notebooks and Personal Digital Assistants (PDA).  For example, ASUS has been selling video cards for years using outsourced graphics processors from the likes of NVIDIA Corporation.  In order to set their products apart, ASUS has been known to make modifications to NVIDIAs reference design, coaxing additional performance and adding more functionality.  They have even managed to rouse a fair share of controversy with special drivers that change the way some 3D applications are displayed.  Thanks to ASUS design engineers and driver team, each successive product release has been met with praise from the hardware enthusiast community.

NVIDIAs GeForce4 Ti 4600 must be significantly more complex than their past products though, because ASUS has opted not to tamper with the reference design.  Their V8460 Ultra closely resembles competing GeForce4 Ti 4600 boards, right down to the placement of the Ball Grid Array (BGA) memory modules.  While this is the safest route for the sake of stability, it also means the V8460 Ultra probably wont outperform any of the other high-end GeForce4 Ti 4600 cards.  Instead, ASUS is leveraging their reputation for quality along with a useful software bundle to attract the attention of gaming enthusiasts to their V8460 lineup.

   

Specifications and Features of the V8460 Ultra
VGA, DVI, and TV-Out

 

V8460 Ultra
  • 300MHz GPU
  • VGA, TV In/Out, DV
  • 256-bit Graphics Accelerator
  • 1.23 trillion operations/sec.

Nvidia nfiniteFX II Engine:

  • Dual programmable Vertex Shaders, faster Pixel Shaders

Lightspeed Memory Architecture II:

  • With 128-bit DDR Lightspeed Memory Architecture II provides nearly double the memory bandwidth of GeForce3.

Accuview Antialiasing Engine:

  • High-performance visual quality at high frame rates.

TV Out Jack:

  • On-board TV-out support both RCA and S-video.

Cooling solution:

  • On-board active heat-sink cooling fan
Specifications:
  • Controller: NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4600
  • Bus Type AGP
  • Memory 128MB DDR
  • Core Clock 300MHz
  • Memory Clock 650MHz DDR memory
  • Dual RAMDAC 350MHz
  • API Support Direct-X, Open GL ICD for Windows
  • Connectors VGA, DVI, TV In/Out
  • 1.23 trillion operations/sec.
  • 136 Million triangles/sec setup
  • 10.4GB/second memory bandwidth

Features at a Glance:

  • AGP 4x compatible with fast writes
  • 256-bit 3D and 2D graphics accelerator
  • NVIDIA nView display technologies
  • Lightspeed Memory Architecture II
  • Accuview Antialiasing
  • High Definition Video Processing Engine
  • TV Out connector
  • DVI connector

Package Contains:

  • V8460 Ultra video card
  • User Manual
  • V8460 Ti Series Driver CD
    (Contains Software Driver, Product tutorials & user's manual)
  • 2 full games (Aquamark and Midnight GT Action Racing)
  • ASUS DVD200 playback software

     

Physically, the V8460 Ultra mimics NVIDIAs reference GeForce4 Ti 4600 card with the exception of the heatsink.  ASUS circular Copper Fan Sink is purported to aid overclocking, and although it isnt as extravagant as some of the other heat sink solutions weve run across, it definitely keeps the GeForce4 core cool enough in an unmodified environment. 

Now that NVIDIA has incorporated respectable multi-monitor support into their GeForce4, it has become possible to connect a combination of CRT, LCD and TV displays.  ASUS has wisely included a Digital-to-Analog dongle for those whod like to use a pair of analog displays.  Also, a combination S-Video/Composite connector is included for TV output.  In addition to the DVD2000 playback software, ASUS has bundled full versions of Aquanox and Midnight GT with the V8460 Ultra. 

   

Screen Shots, 2D Image Quality, and Drivers