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3x GeForce4 Ti from Inno3D in the test: Cheaper range of models

3x GeForce4 Ti from Inno3D in the test: Cheaper range of models

Tornado GF4 Ti 4400

Ti 4400 packaging
GF4 Ti 4400

The second link behind the top model Ti 4600 is the Tornado GeForce4 Ti 4400. Delivered with the clock rates of 275MHz specified by nVidia for the Graphics chip and also 275MHz for the 128MB RAM, which thanks to the DDR process achieve a transfer rate that is twice the real frequency. The D-Sub VGA output has a long design, which, as can already be seen with various Matrox cards, does not stand in the way of good to very good signal quality. The rest of the card corresponds to the reference design from nVidia, both in terms of cooling, to which Innovision only applied its own design, and in terms of the remaining connections, which are quite complete with TV-out and DVI-out.

Ti 4400 front view
GF4 Ti 4400 RAM

The RAM is used in the relatively new pBGA -Packaging installed and operated very close to its specified frequency with 3.6ns access interval. Nevertheless, there should still be some room for overclocking, as both the design and the relatively new production date suggest that the specification is more cautious. It is interesting that in addition to the fan connector that is in use, there is also a standard 3-pin Molex connector. Unfortunately, since we are not sure about its resilience, we did not put the well-being of our test copy to the test and did not try to operate a second fan there.

During our overclocking attempts, stable operation at a clock rate of 290/320MHz in the 3DMark continuous loop.

Tornado GF4 Ti4200-128MB

The 'bigger' and slightly more expensive oneThe budget model, the Ti 4200 with 128MB of memory, is the first to attract attention with its design, which is more reminiscent of a GeForce3. The Ti 4200 cards have nothing in common with the PCB monsters of their bigger siblings, they are even a tad shorter than a GeForce3, e.g. from Asus the memory. The same bandwidth is available here as with the Ti 4400, so that a D-Sub (here, however, in the standard version), a DVI and a TV-out are waiting to be fitted. At first glance, the cooler looks more powerful than it really is. Thanks to an intelligent design, however, it was absolutely able to enable the chip to operate reliably even during extensive overclocking tests with a low level of noise.

GF4 Ti 4200-128 RAM
GF4 Ti4200

In contrast to The larger Ti cards still use conventional TSOP storage in the Ti 4200 cards. For an official clock of 222MHz, cheaper RAM modules with 4.5ns would actually be sufficient (probably also a reason for the economical reference clock). As you can see in the picture, however, RAMs with 4.0ns access time are used here, so that a clock rate of 250MHz DDR, as found in the 64MB models, should and in our case also be possible without any problems .

After exceeding a clock rate of 300MHz for the chip and 285MHz for the RAM, the card was overclocking unstable.

Tornado GF4 Ti4200-64MB

Except for a small, but hardly noticeable corner on the packaging, nothing indicates the smaller oneVersion of the Ti 4200. The hardware differences are correspondingly small.

Here, too, there is D-Sub, DVI and TV-out, as well as a more than adequate cooler that works at a very moderate noise level. Also here 4ns-RAM, this time from Hynix and of course only in half the amount, namely 64MB. The chip revision and memory clock are interesting about this card.

As we reported , this 64MB version of the Ti 4200 is still with the 'old' chip revision (which is not a reason for return) , but already equipped with the 'new' memory clock of 257MHz DDR, so that the 4ns-RAM is already operated hard at its nominal limit.

GF4 Ti 4200-64 RAM
GF4 Ti4200

On the pictures The very good and effective cooler design and the flawless workmanship of the card can be clearly seen, as neither did the other two test subjects show any defects 310/305MHz.

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