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Albatron Medusa Ti4200P Turbo
Author : Wayne Date : 8th November 2002

...Product Medusa Ti4200P Turbo
...Manufacturer Albatron
...Supplier The Overclocking Store
...Price £134.99 + VAT

 

 

 

Introduction :

Selling your graphics chips out to third party manufacturers may make good business sense for the likes of NVIDIA and ATi but from a user's point of view it means the need to choose between a whole spectrum of manufacturers all claiming to have the fastest, the most innovative, the cheapest or just the plain best product you can buy with your money. Those who keep themselves plugged in to the technology news and reviews tend to know which names to trust but even so, that trust takes time to earn and that in turn puts newer companies at a distinct disadvantage. The fastest and best built graphics card on the planet might be manufactured by "Crystal Lilly Industries" but if you've never heard of them you're not going to take any more notice of their claims than you do of all the other claims from all the other companies you've never heard of. So how do you sort the wheat from the chaff when it comes to choosing one of the many cards available today? Easy! you let sites like us do the testing and take at least some of the guesswork, and the risk, out of handing over your hard earned cash.

Albatron may not quite fall into the same category as the fictional "Crystal Lilly Industries" or other equally unknown companies but they're hardly the most established name in the industry. In actual fact Albatron as a name didn't make an appearance until this year (2002) but the company behind it, Chun Yun Electronics, have been involved in the production of wide-screen multimedia monitors, rear projection systems, TVs, and plasma displays since 1984! That in itself may not automatically mean they can cobble together a top quality video card but it sure gives them lots of practice with the electronic design and build side of the equation.

NVIDIA's Ti4600 may have lost the speed crown to rivals ATi, albeit temporarily if the rumors prove to be true, but it remains an incredibly powerful example of a modern GPU. Its only real negative, for some people at least, was the asking price. As with most flagship products of its type the Ti4600 appealed to a relatively small portion of the market and was more a showcase of the available technology released to generate interest in and drive up the sales of their more mainstream and therefor more financially rewarding cards like the MX series GeForce4s and of course the immensely popular Ti4200. The Ti4200 has been an incredible success story for NVIDIA and even hardened enthusiasts soon realised that they could save themselves some serious cash by opting for a 4200 over a 4600 and making use of its strong tendency for overclocking to narrow the performance gap. The card I'm looking at today has taken the GeForce4 Ti4200 and done something quite extraordinary with it. To begin with they've built the card on the larger and theoretically much more stable 8 layer PCB used previously for the Ti4600 cards only. Next they've teamed the GPU up with a full 128MB of 3.3ns BGA memory and finally they've added a very efficient all-copper heat sink and aluminium RAM sinks front and rear to keep things cool. Finally they've increased the core and memory clocks from the standard 250/444 (core/memory based on a 128MB configuration) to a not insubstantial 250/550. They may be relative newcomers to the video card scene but it seems they know what they want when it comes to building a very desirable product, question is have they managed it? Let's take a look at the Albatron Medusa Ti4200P Turbo and see how it shapes up?

 

Features:
  1. Performing up to Ti 4600 specifications but remaining at Ti 4200 prices, providing the end user with the best performance
  2. Used an 8-layer PCB that is also used in the Ti 4600 chipset, which helps to improve voltage stability
  3. 3.3ns BGA DDR RAM is used to allow VRAM clock cycles to exceed 550MHz.
  4. 128 MB DDR Memory
  5. nVIDIA GeForce4 Ti4200 GPU
  6. Accuview Antialiasing
  7. Lightspeed Memory ArchitectureT II
  8. nVIDIA nifinteFX II Engine enable a virtually infinite number of special effects that deliver the next leap in realism to 3D graphics
  9. Dual programmable Vertex Shaders
  10. Advanced programmable Pixel Shaders
  11. 3D Textures
  12. Shadow Buffers
  13. 4 dual-rendering pipelines
  14. 8 texels per clock cycle
  15. Dual cube environment mapping
  16. High-Definition Video Processor (HDVP)
  17. AGP 4X/2X Support
  18. High-quality HDTV/DVD playback
  19. 32-bit color with 32-bit Z/stencil buffer
  20. Z-correct true, reflective bump mapping
  21. High performance 2D rendering engine
  22. Hardware accelerated real-time shadows
  23. True color hardware cursor
  24. Integrated hardware transform engine and lighting engine
  25. Nvidia Unified Driver Architecture (UDA)
  26. MicrosoftR DirectXR 8.X and OpenGLR 1.3 Optimizations and Support
Unpack Checklist:
  1. The following items should be contained in the package.
    • The Ti Series VGA Card
    • User's Manual
    • CD Driver and Utilities
Requirements of the System:
  1. Before the installation the following conditions are the required in your system.
    1. Computer's processor~ Intel PentiumR processor or others compatible system
    2. Operating System~ WindowsR 95/98/ME, WindowsR 2000/NT display drivers
    3. LCD or CRT Monitor
    4. AGP Slot on your mainboard
    5. CD-ROM drive

 

 

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