be taking a look at the Siluro GeForce4 Ti4200
a high-performance, value minded graphics card from
Capitalizing on the reputation of the GeForce4 Ti4200 being
a great overclocker, Abit has taken
the popular card and given it some tweaks of their own.
This is no ordinary Ti4200, but one that comes with a GPU
and memory that is clocked faster than your average Ti4200.
The end result is a midrange video card that offers
high-end performance without the high-end price tag.
In order to give the Siluro GeForce4 Ti4200 OTES its
extra edge, Abit introduced an innovative new cooling design like
nothing we've ever seen before, the
Outside Thermal Exhaust System
or OTES. Coupling a unique heat pipe design
with a 7200 RPM fan, OTES looks to keep the
temperatures of the Siluro GeForce4 Ti4200 relatively low at
stock and overclocked speeds.
once we laid eyes on the Siluro GeForce4 Ti4200 OTES,
we were eager to put it to the test. Not only did we
want to see how it performed versus a Ti4600, we wanted to
see if OTES gave the card greater overclocking abilities
over an ordinary GeForce Ti4200. So strap yourself in
folks, things could get interesting.
Specifications of the Abit Siluro GeForce4 Ti4200
Small, But it Packs a Big Punch.
15-pin VGA, S-Video In/Out, DVI-I
256-bit Graphics Architecture
AGP Interface ? 4x/2x support
Abit GeForce4 Ti 4200 OTES
NVIDIA nfiniteFX II Engine:
Dual programmable Vertex Shaders,
faster Pixel Shaders
Lightspeed Memory Architecture II:
With 128-bit DDR Lightspeed Memory
Architecture II provides nearly double
the memory bandwidth of GeForce3.
Accuview Antialiasing Engine:
High-performance and stunning visual
quality at high frame rates.
Standard 15-pin VGA
4 dual rendering pipelines, 8
texels per clock cycle
Controller: NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4200
Memory 64MB DDR SDRAM
Core Clock 275MHz
Memory Clock 550MHz
350MHz internal RAMDAC
API Support Direct-X, Open GL ICD for
Connectors VGA, DVI, S-Video In/Out
Features at a Glance:
AGP 4x compatible with fast writes
256-bit 3D and 2D graphics accelerator
NVIDIA nView display technologies
Lightspeed Memory Architecture II
High Definition Video Processing
TV Out connector
Thermal Exhaust System with 7200 RPM
The bundle that accompanied the Siluro
GeForce4 Ti4200 OTES wasn't as impressive as the
card itself. While Abit did include the necessary
cabling for each feature of the card, the CD came with
antiquated utilities and no games. The package included a detailed User
Manual that contained some of the most thorough
documentation we've seen in quite a while. We were
please to see that Abit took the time to explain each
available setting in the video card drivers, eliminating
any guess work for the user. There was also full
details for each of the additional software packages
included on the Installation CD. Abit provided all the
necessary cabling to access each of the card's outputs
including a TV-Out Y-adapter with a standard RCA connection
as well as a S-Video connection for digital output. A DVI to VGA adapter was included for connecting a CRT
monitor to the DVI port.
The installation CD had a decent list of software packages
included on it, although some titles were not compatible
with all versions of Windows.
The CD included the necessary drivers to get the card
installed as well as a copy of DirectX 8.1. An
electronic version of the User Manual was included on the
disk for quick reference and a copy of Acrobat Reader 5.0
was also provided. There appeared to be a nice selection
on the CD, but we were soon disappointed to find that
several of them were legacy products that would only work
with Windows 98/ME. The first of the legacy titles was
a handy looking tool called Graphics MAX, an application
designed for overclocking the video card. The other
title was 3Deep Color, a color balancing program designed to
tweak the quality of the monitor output. Both of these
products looked useful and we were saddened to see
that Abit hasn't made any efforts to update these products
to support the very popular Windows 2000/XP Operating
Abit did include fully functional DVD player software
called SiluroDVD. This appears to be a
customized version of WinDVD and it turned out to be a
terrific player with all of the functions needed to
experience DVD playback on your computer.
Now let's take a closer look at the card itself.