3D Mark 2001, SPECviewperf and Conclusion

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What good would any review be without the classic 3D Mark benchmark? In a pattern we have seen repeated many times during this article, the Ti4400 takes the lead followed by the Ti4200 and the Radeon 8500 bringing up the rear.

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For those of you that may be using your new graphics card for more than just games, the SPECviewperf test suite should help you make a more informed decision. Of the four tests, the Ti4400 and Ti4200 beat out the Radeon card with the Ti4400 taking the lead. The exception to this would be in the MedMCAD test where ATI’s Radeon 8500 can claim a 14% speed gain.

Conclusion

Seeing as this article is a joint review of the NVIDIA Ti4200 reference card, the MSI GeForce 4 Ti4400 card and the ATI Radeon 8500 graphics card, I will draw some conclusions about all three of them here.

The Ti4400 from MSI is indeed a powerful video card, coming in as the winner in almost all of the benchmarks we could throw at it. While it is not the most powerful card on the market (that claim is held by the Ti4600), it is very powerful when you consider it costs $100 less than the Ti4600 card. With the included features and software, the MSI G4Ti4400-VTD card is an excellent choice for the serious gamer that wants the best performance.

NVIDIA’s Ti4200 card was a surprise on many levels. It consistently came in over the Radeon 8500 card, even though it has a 64 MB memory deficit. It was beat out by the Ti4400 card, but that was to be expected as it was the lower level in the line of GF4 Ti cards. But, just like the Ti4400 above, the Ti4200 card has a price advantage coming in at about $100 less than even the Ti4400 cards! That means you can expect to find the Ti4200 cards when they are out on the retail for under the $200 price tag. That is a tremendous amount of performance for the price.

Finally, the ATI Radeon 8500 card, even with its 128 MB of memory, wasn’t able to impress us much here. The only benchmark that showed the card working up to the claims of ATI was the Jedi Knight II test – but one test does not over power the other six that showed the Ti cards winning by a good distance. This is not to say the ATI Radeon 8500 is a bad performer – it did very well on all the benchmarks and any of the games would be very playable with the Radeon at any resolution. But, if you must have the fastest available, the Radeon is coming up short with their 8500 card.

The choice is yours, reader. Whether or not you go for the Ti4400 card, wait for the Ti4200 card or venture into the world of ATI with the Radeon, you probably will be more than happy with your gaming experience! 🙂 My suggestions are that if you have the money, the Ti4400 card is going to be best performer and may be able to be clocked closer to Ti4600 speeds for even better performance. If cost is an issue to you, then the Ti4200 card is a great deal, coming in even cheaper than the ATI Radeon 8500 card, but performing better.

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