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Super Ti4200s - preface
Recently a new trend has hit VGA card manufacturers (atleast those that produce boards based on NVIDIA processing units). Take a Geforce 4 Ti4200 based unit and ramp the core and memory speeds resulting in a product that performs at the level of other, higher numbered Geforce 4 units. Of course we know this to be overclocking, but it's been done for a number of years now, with "Ultra" versions of the TNT 2 and certain members of the Geforce family being "overclocked" versions of the same card that was out 6 months ago.

However there is a reason for these cards to appear now. Whilst the Geforce 4 Ti4600 is stuck between a rock and a hard place since the arrival of ATI's Radeon 9700, people who are looking for a more cost effective solution are left with a Radeon 9000/9000 PRO, Geforce 4 Ti4200, Ti4400 and MX 440 solutions. We'll look at a brand new MX 440 in a week or so, however the Ti4200 and Ti4400 allow your Joe user to get in on the full Geforce 4 action around the 150 mark. Cards based on the Ti4400 are quite rare to come by these days and there are perfectly good reasons for this.

We asked NVIDIA why the Ti4400 was produced and their answer was that it was a "by-product" of producing Ti4600s rather than an intended one. We have an interesting Ti4400 sample in our Labs which performs to within 2% of a Geforce 4 Ti4600. When you have that sort of performance gap consumers get confused (along with us) to why this card is on the market. Not surprisingly you will have a hard job to find a Ti4400 card but if you can, they represent a brilliant buy.

Due to the shortage of Ti4400 based cards, the Ti4200 line got a much needed kick in the rear from certain manufacturers and with Christmas coming up and a large number of games coming out, you might be considering an upgrade. In this article we look at two cards which are based on Geforce 4 Ti4200 units but think they are so much more. The Albatron Ti4200 P Turbo and Asus V8420.

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