Albatron Ti4200P Turbo

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Benchmarks & Performance:

Our Test System:

  • AMD Athlon XP 1600+ (AGOIA stepping)
  • ABIT AT7-MAX2 (Enhanced settings enabled in BIOS)
  • Alpha PAL 8045 w/80cfm Delta (Air Cooled)
  • 256mb Corsair XMS PC-3500C2 (2-2-2, 1T, enhanced)
  • Western Digital 30Gb ATA 100 7,200rpm
  • Soundblaster Audigy X-Gamer
  • Antec True Power 430W Power Supply
  • ViewSonic E90fb Monitor

Video Cards:

  • Albatron Ti4200P Turbo 128mb
  • ABIT Ti4200 OTES 64mb
  • MSI Ti4200 64mb

Testing Procedure:

All testing was done on a fresh install of Windows XP Professional build 2600. All benchmarks were completed on the desktop with no other software programs running. For overclocking the videocard, we used the built-in overclocking feature that is included with the Nvidia 4072 drivers. Our testing processor was running unlocked at 166FSB and a 10.5 multiplyer giving us a grand total of 1.75ghz. During this review, the room temperature was 23 degrees Celsius, while the case temperature was 27 degrees Celsius.

FutureMark; 3dmark2001 Second Edition, Build 330:

3DMark2001SE build 330 is the latest installment in the 3DMark series by FutureMark. By combining DirectX8 support with completely new graphics, it continues to provide good overall system benchmarks. 3DMark2001SE build 330 was created in cooperation with the major 3D accelerator and processor manufacturers to provide a reliable set of diagnostic tools. It demonstrates 3D gaming performance by using real-world gaming technology to test a system’s true performance abilities. All tests were run at 1024×768 at 32 bit color and then again including 4x AA.

The first chart shows the results without AA.

This second chart shows the results using 4x AA.

Results:

3dMark2001SE build 330 shows that ABIT OTES is the fastest at default clock speeds, which makes perfect sense, because the ABIT has a faster 275mhz core speed. Although by running the ABIT and Albatron at indentical 290mhz core and 590mhz memory speeds, the Albatron with the larger memory bandwidth is able to pull ahead of the ABIT. The original MSI Ti4200 was not able to complete any of our benchmarks with the agressive 290mhz/590mhz settings.

Nvidia; Chameleon Mark:

Chameleon Mark is not a brand new benchmarking utility, but it still shows a video card’s true capabilities. This benchmark is based upon the popular “Chameleon” demo released by Nvidia with the introduction of the GeForce3 line of GPUs. Chameleon Mark is primarily used to measure pixel shader performance for a variety of shaders. Let’s see how the Albatron performs against the other cards in Chameleon Mark at 1024×768 with the 40.72 drivers:

The first graph is with all three of our test cards at their default settings.

The next graph looks at how the ABIT OTES and the Albatron do while overclocked.

Results:

This is the only benchmark that the ABIT OTES is able to win against the larger and faster clocked Albatron Ti4200P Turbo.

NovaLogic; Comanche 4:

The Comanche 4 benchmark demo is a unique benchmark as it represents a real-world gaming experience. It contains the single player Eagle’s Talon mission from the game as well as a detailed cinematic. This DirectX 8.1 benchmark demo measures your system’s performance in the standard frames per second format. On this benchmark, we tested our cards at 1024×768 x 32-bit and the audio turned off.

The first graph is with all three of our test cards without AA.

The next graph shows our results using 4x AA to put even more strain on the cards.

Results:

The Albatron has a very strong standing when no AA is used, but the ABIT manages to catch up a bit with 4x AA. The Albatron has 4% more performance than the ABIT at its highest stable speed. The default 250mhz/500mhz MSI card is almost a full 5 frames per second, or 14%, behind the Albatron Ti4200P Turbo when using 4x AA.

CodeCult; Code Creatures Pro:

The Codecreatures benchmark is written with Microsoft’s DirectX 8.1 API and incorporates the use of Vertex and Pixel Shaders popular on next generation 3D accelerators. The benchmark plays a photo-realistic nature scene and calculates the performance of the graphics adapter by measuring the FPS that it can display at 1024×768, 1280×1024 and 1600×1200 resolutions. The score is a geometric mean of those three resolutions called the Codecreatures number. Although, for this review we tested tested our cards at 1024×768 x 32-bit with the sound disabled.

The first graph is with all three of our test cards without AA.

The next graph shows our results using 4x AA to put even more strain on the cards.

Results:

I really love this benchmark because it tends to push the cards harder than any other benchmark I use. I also feel that this benchmark is one of the future, since pixel shading and graphics seem to be going in this direction. As you can see, all three cards are sluggish when 4 times Anti-Aliasing is turned on, but the Albatron has 20% more frames per second thanks to overclocking when compared to our “standard” MSI card.

That concludes our benchmarks we chose to do on our Albatron Ti4200P Turbo card. Let’s go on and see our final thoughts on the card.

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