This is the Albatron 128mb Ti4200P Turbo, which is Albatron's most popular video card sold today. Recently, the Albatron Ti4200P Turbo series of video cards has been praised by overclockers and gamers alike, and this caught our attention. The company Albatron is a relatively new name to the high performance video card market. Although the name may be new to some, others already swear by their products.

Do not feel left out if you do not know everything about Albatron, because they are a brand new company that was founded in 2002. Although Albatron was founded this year, their previous name, Chun Yun Electronics, began back in 1984 as a display manufacturer, producing wide-screen multimedia monitors, rear projection systems, TVs, and plasma displays. Changing their name to Albatron in 2002 signaled the dawn of their computer product line and a new direction of the company.

The goal of Albatron is best left untouched from how they say it: "Our greatest focus and driving force is you our customer. We consider it our duty to deliver the products you want at the right time and provide support when you need it. But above all, we're here to ensure that your evolving needs--no matter how small--are taken care of. "

Albatron currently offers more than 12 video cards all featuring Nvidia chipsets. They are also working on developing their new Nvidia FX design, which will be out in the first quarter of 2003. So today we are taking a look at the Albatron 128mb Geforce 4 Ti-4200P Turbo to see how the company has done with their first popular mainstream video card that has recieved a ton of attention.

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The first thing we always look at is the warranty. The Ti4200P Turbo comes with a standard 3 year warranty that is best explained by Albatron themselves. The card is covered with a three year warranty against defects in workmanship from the date of purchase. The first year labor and parts are both free. In the second year, labor is free while the parts may be charged depending on the severity of the damage. The third and final year of the warranty still includes free labor, but the parts will be charged. Also, the board will not be fixed if the defected parts are no longer available.

The second thing we noticed with the Albatron 128mb Ti4200P Turbo, was the flashy metallic box that helps attract the attention of consumers. As we have said before, the box has no impact on the review, but we always hope the product inside can match the box it comes in.

Bundled with the Albatron Ti4200P Turbo were two games and WinDVD software. The games were Serious Sam: The First Encounter and Motocross Madness. It should be known that the WinDVD software is an OEM version therefore giving only two channel sound. We are very happy that Albatron included a very nice software bundle with the Ti4200P Turbo series card.

Albatron includes a five foot S-Video cable, and for those who do not have an S-Video input, Albatron included a S-Video to RCA converter with a 6' RCA cable. Although, it seems odd to me that Albatron does not include a DVI to VGA adapter with this deluxe card. I find this odd since they put together a card that has everything under the hood (software bundle and ram heatsinks) but not all the adapters to actually use their card to the fullest. I also understand that most people do not use two VGA monitors, and this may be what Albatron was thinking as well. The reason I do not have any photos of the cables is due to the fact that my test sample did not have any. (I'll blame it on customs!!)

One of the first things that jumps out at me is the is the card layout. Yes, that is a full 8-layered PCB that is seen on all the Geforce 4 Ti4600's. This allows for more stable voltage throughout the videocard, therefore on paper this card should perform very well.

Albatron put a nice sized copper heatsink with a fan on this card that turned out to be amazingly quiet. So if you are worried about a card with a noisy fan, such as the ABIT OTES have no worries when you purchase this card. Also, since the heatsink is of regular shape and size you have full use of the PCI slot located below the AGP slot. The ram heatsinks are right next to the GPU heatsink fins, so the air from the fan blows air across the ram heatsinks. This should improve the ram cooling by helping the heatsinks dissipate the heat faster. We will see how well this cooling solution works during our testing.

Key Features:

Now that you have the basic understanding of the card, we can go ahead and see how it performs!

Benchmarks & Performance:

Our Test System:

Video Cards:

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 1024x768 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.


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 1024x768 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.


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 1024x768 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.


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 1024x768, 1280x1024 and 1600x1200 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 1024x768 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.


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.


We had very high expectations for this card when it comes to overclocking. It comes on the 8-layer PCB, which in more simple terms means more stable voltage throughout the videocard. It also has some very nice looking heatsinks on the memory that should allow for good overclocking. The 128MB of RAM consists of 3.3ns memory modules by BGA and on top of that they've added aluminium RAM sinks front and rear to keep the memory cool for performance. On the GPU it has a copper heat sink that appears to cool decently, although it does seem a bit border line in terms of high performance. Finally, Albatron has bumped up the core and memory clocks from the standard 250/444 (core/memory based on a 128MB configuration) to a healthy 250/552. Before we recieved our sample, I looked at other reviews on the internet that had the card hitting over 310mhz on the core and 720mhz on the memory! So when I recieved the Albatron Geforce 4 Ti4200p Turbo I was ready to push the card to the extreme. I took our card up from default speeds in 5mhz steps up to the point at which the 3dmark loops would lock up. The card maxed out at 290mhz core and 640mhz memory. If we try running the core or memory at just 1mhz higher we recieved a ton of distortion and lower benchmark scores, but at 290/640 everything runs perfect.

To get the last couple mhz out of the Albatron card, we removed the fan and heatsinks to make sure everything was mounting flat. We found that Albatron uses a nice amount of thermal compund and that contact pressure on the GPU was fine. We cleaned up their thermal compound and then proceeded to lapp the surface. We found the surface to be flat and then applied Artic Silver 2 to the copper fan base. Again, we reached the cards original max of 290/640 and recieved no performance gain. I will be honest and say I was expecting much more, but then think of the Geforce Ti 4600.... Core 300mhz, Memory 650mhz This is a Geforce Ti 4200 that is running 10mhz shy of its oldest big brother.

To sum up our overclocking section, the card runs 50mhz faster on the core and almost 200mhz faster on the memory than the default Nvidia Ti 4200 spec sheet shows on a 128mb card. This is an impressive result from any company let alone a company that is not yet a year old. Watch out Visiontek, Gainward, MSI we have a new powerhouse in the market!


Albatron is a name that has been rapidly spreading around the computer enthusiasts for months, and we now know why. They are building quality products for both the average users and power users. Our card performed just shy of what a standard Geforce Ti4600 can do, and we get these results for almost half the price of a Ti4600. We recommend this card to any user wishing to update their system if they have the left over Christmas gift money from friends and family. You really can't go wrong with the Albatron Ti4200P Turbo; it incorporates great looks and performance without burning a hole into your wallet.

Often companies come and go quickly in the computer hardware market, but Albatron does not seem to be going anyplace other than up for the foreseeable future. Just a few days ago Albatron had a press release on their next video card, the Geforce 4 Ti4600 Turbo. Plus they will be offering the Geforce FX in the first quarter of 2003. I have a feeling this is just the beginning of good things for Albatron as long as they keep the quality coming!




This Albatron card also recieves our Editor's Choice award for a job well done!