The Visiontek GeForce 4 Ti 4600
The NV25 hits retail shelves!

By - Marco Chiappetta
March 20, 2002

In February 2002, NVIDIA announced their latest flagship GPU, the GeForce 4 Ti 4600.  This new GPU would not only raise the bar in terms of performance, but would also sport a slew of new features.  NVIDIA revamped their Anti-Aliasing engine, and gave it a new name, "Accuview".  They also incorporated the ability to power dual displays simultaneously.  They called this new feature "nView".  The Lightspeed Memory Architecture and nFiniteFX engine introduced with the GeForce 3, had also been reworked for increased efficiency and higher performance, courtesy of a second vertex shader.  If you haven't already done so, we suggest reading our recent launch article, for a detailed analysis of the new GeForce 4s.

When we were initially exposed to the GeForce 4 Ti, we knew there would be a myriad of manufacturers itching to release boards based on the new GPU.  The first manufacturer to do so, is Visiontek.  Two years ago, Visiontek wasn't very well known because they strictly made boards for OEMs.  Visiontek decided to enter the retail market though and in the last year they've come on so strong, that they now have the best selling NVIDIA based graphics boards in the United States.  Let's see what Visiontek was able to do with NVIDIA's latest...

   
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Specifications and Features of the Visiontek GF4 Ti 4600
Pure Titanium
Xtasy GeForce4 Ti 4600:
  • 300MHz GPU
  • VGA, TV In/Out, DV
  • 256-bit Graphics Accelerator
  • 1.23 trillion operations/sec.
  • Lifetime Warranty

Nvidia nfiniteFX II Engine:

  • Dual programmable Vertex Shaders, faster Pixel Shaders and 3D textures give developers the freedom to program a virtually infinite number of custom special effects never seen before and gives you the power to play true-to-life characters in hyper-realistic environments. At twice the performance of GeForce3, Xtasy Ti 4600 delivers the most realistic game play available.

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 In and Out Jack:

  • TV In/Out connector allow you to play on any size TV in your house with an s-video connector.

Requirements:

  • 266 MHz or higher CPU (AMD K6-2 or Intel Pentium II or higher)
  • AGP 2.0 Compliant Socket
  • CD ROM drive
  • Windows 95 OSR2, 98, ME, NT 4.0, 2000, XP
  • 64MB of RAM
Specifications:
  • Controller: NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4600
  • Bus Type AGP
  • Memory 128MB DDR
  • Core Clock 300MHz
  • Memory Clock 650MHz DDR memory
  • 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 In/Out connectors
  • DVI connector

Package Contains:

  • GeForce4 Ti 4600 Graphics Accelerator
  • Installation Guide
  • Installation CD
  • Install Guide .pdf
  • Demos
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • NVIDIA Unified Driver Architecture
  • Cyberlink PowerDVD
  • Cyberlink PowerDirector
  • ViVo Dongle

THE BUNDLE:

The Visiontek GeForce 4 Ti 4600 ships with a decent bundle of software and accessories.  There's nothing included in the box to get overly excited about, but Visiontek isn't exactly stingy either!

   

Bundled with the Visiontek GeForce 4 Ti 4600 is the obligatory driver CD and a "Getting Started" poster that outlines the installation step-by-step.  You'll also find two other CDs included, one is the excellent Cyberlink Power DVD XP and the other is a second Cyberlink product called PowerDirector.  Power DVD is arguably the best software DVD player, and PowerDirector is a capable video editing package.  Visiontek opted to include PowerDirector with their GeForce 4 Ti 4600 because this card has Video-In / Video Out capabilities.  The picture on the right shows the dongle (I love that word) necessary to connect the S-Video cables to your video equipment.  There are few of things we feel were missing from Visiontek's bundle though.  Finding two S-Video to composite video adapters, a DVI to Analog-VGA adapter and perhaps a game or two in the box, would have made the bundle perfect.

Quality, Setup and the Drivers