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Author: Jani 'Japala' Pönkkö
Published: 17.08.2002
Manufacturer: Albatron
Product group: Video cards
Index:
 Package
 Details
 Benchmarks
 Conclusion

 

Albatron GeForce4 Ti4400

Games running slow or not working? Maybe you need to upgrade your graphics card. Albatron offers wide range of cards with different speeds and we will be reviewing their Ti4400 card.

 

Features:

  • nVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4400 GPU
  • Accuview Antialiasing™
  • Lightspeed Memory ArchitectureT™ II
  • nVIDIA nifinteFX II Engine enable a virtually infinite number of special effects that deliver the next leap in realism to 3D graphics
  • Dual programmable Vertex Shaders
  • Advanced programmable Pixel Shaders
  • 3D Textures
  • Shadow Buffers
  • 4 dual-rendering pipelines
  • 8 texels per clock cycle
  • Dual cube environment mapping
  • 128 MB DDR Memory
  • High-Definition Video Processor (HDVP)
  • AGP 4X/2X Support
  • High-quality HDTV/DVD playback
  • 32-bit color with 32-bit Z/stencil buffer
  • Z-correct true, reflective bump mapping
  • High performance 2D rendering engine
  • Hardware accelerated real-time shadows
  • True color hardware cursor
  • Integrated hardware transform engine and lighting engine
  • Nvidia Unified Driver Architecture (UDA)
  • Microsoft® DirectX® 8.X and OpenGL® 1.3 Optimizations and Support

 

Package


Package


Content


Inside the package you'll find the following items:

  • GeForce4 Ti4400 graphics card
  • Manual
  • Utility CD with drivers etc.
  • WinDVD 3. CD
  • Two games
    • Serious Sam and Motocross mania
  • S-Video to composite converter
  • Composite cable
It's a good thing that Albatron has bundled those two games. For some buyers this is really important because they will get fully working games with no extra cost. One thing lacking is adapter for DVI connector so you have to buy it yourself if you want to hook up two analog monitors.

 


Front


Back

Layout of the card follows the Nvidia reference card. There are only few manufacturers out there that are willing to change the reference layout. Maybe this has something to do with the shorter product life cycles etc. You decide if this is a bad thing or not.

 

Details


Core

NV25 chip and the revision is A2. This is quite odd because A3 has been out for some time now. A3 should overclock a bit higher.

 


Samsung memory

3.6ns Samsung BGA DDR. The card has eight of these, four on each side. They should work with speed up to 555 MHz. As you can see from the overclocking section I managed to get them bit further.

 


DVI chip

Chip handling the DVI is Silicon Image's Sil164ct64 that is very common on nvidia based cards.

Basic features:

  • Scaleable Bandwidth: 25–165 megapixels/sec (VGA to UXGA)
  • Graphics controller interface: 12-bits (1/2 pixel) or 24-bit mode 1 pixel/clock inputs
  • Input clocking: Single clock single edge (24-bit), Dual clock single edge (12-bit)
  • I2C slave programming interface
  • Supports hot plug detection
  • De-skewing option: varies clock to data timing
  • 3.3 V core operation and power down mode
  • Cable distance support: over 5 m with twisted pair and fiber-optics ready

 


TV chip

TV chip is Conexant CX25871-15 which offers 1024x768 max. resolution. With S-video cable the image quality was bit better compared to previous GeForce series but wasn't as clear as with Gainward Ti4200 card that uses chip by Phillips.

 


Connectors

Usual array of connectors. 15-pin VGA, S-Video and DVI for second monitor.

 


Thermal grease

There is a good amount of thermal grease between the heat sink and the GPU core. When I was cleaning the grease away to be able to replace it I noticed something quite interesting. Look at the next image.

 


Dirty

The heat sink was covered with some sort of powder and it looked that the heat sink was casted in a hurry.

 


Rough base

Not really that flat. We are quite used to see flat and shiny bases of CPU coolers so maybe the quality of work should be extented to this area too. I'm hoping that this kind of heat sink can be only found in this sample and not in the rest of the products.

 

Benchmarks

Now that we have seen the card lets see how well it performs. I managed to overclock the core to 305 MHz and memory to 680 MHz. 690 MHz worked also but with that speed one could notice major faults and white dots appearing on the screen so I judged 680 as a stable speed. Not bad if you compare that to the markings on the memory that quaranteed 555 MHz operation. I will be running this card with its stock speed of 275/550 and with clocked speed of 305/680. For comparision I used Gainwards Ti4200 card with speeds 250/513.

Equipment used

  • AMD Athlon XP 1800+
    • 1530 MHz
    • 133FSB
    • 11.5x
  • Soyo KT333 dragon Ultra platinum edition
  • Corsair PC3000
    • 256MB
    • 166 MHz
    • CAS 2.5-3-3
  • Samsung SV4002 40GB ATA100 5400rpm
  • Hec 300LR 300W

Operating system and drivers

  • Windows XP pro
  • VIA 4-in-1 4.42
  • NVidia DetonatorXP 30.82

 

Quake 3


Quake3

CPU is limiting the test on the lowest resolutions. On 1024 you can notice a slight drop on the framerate. After that framerates go down with more or less linear curve. The higher the resolution, the more you will gain from overclocking. At 1600x1200 32bit you can have as much as 20fps (13.4%) more than without overclocking. Ti4200 isn't doing that bad either. With a bit overclocking one should be able to go past stock Ti4400 framerates.

 

3DMark2001SE


3DMark2001SE

With overclocking the card gained around 900 points more on each test. 2xAA and Quincunx with almost the same speeds and 4xAA being the slowest as expected. Ti4200 is still going strong and only losing around 200 points on each test to stock clocked Ti4400.

 

Comanche 4


Comanche 4

Comanche 4 tries to simulate real world gaming performance. It is very tough test and gives relatively low numbers. As you can see from the graph Albatron's Ti4400 is performing quite steady with every resolution and color depth as the Ti4200 takes a dive at 1600x1200 32bit.

 

DroneZ


DroneZ

While the cards performed quite steady on Comanche 4 test they will lose almost the half of their framerate with increased resolution in Dronez. When resolution goes up Ti4200 gets a bit closer to Albatrons Ti4400. Again with a bit of overclocking these cards could be on the same line with the same results.

 

Conclusion

Albatron's Ti4400 is a fast card and a good replacement for your old GeForce 2 or Voodoo card. With a good overclocking potential and quite nice bundle this card can be easily recommended to everyone. Only concern was that heatsink but as you can see from the results it didn't affect the performance. The size of the card could be a problem with some motherboards but that is the case with every Ti4400 and Ti4600 card. As for the performance difference against Ti4200 you have to be a judge by yourself. Ti4200 can be faster than stock clocked Ti4400 but with bit of oveclocking on Ti4400 card it can compete with Ti4600 cards. Albatron has made a good card that will give you more speed for your games and thus improve your performance in them.

 

Pros and Cons

+ Bundle of two games
+ Overclocking
+ DVI-I connector
+ Performance and stability

- No DVI adapter bundled
- Heat sink quality

 

 

Additional information

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