The Final Word

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Why should we care about this card? Should we put it on our shopping list when it’s time to upgrade? To answer this we need to consider the price of the card as well. Currently on PriceGrabber you can get this card for $200 USD or less. If you compare the price with competing VIVO products, you have the ATI All-in-Wonder Radeon 8500 64MB at around $160 USD and the All-in-Wonder Radeon 9700 Pro at $360 USD. For the price of the MSI Ti4800SE-VTD8X, you get much better performance and equal functionality compared to the Radeon AIW 8500. On the other end, you save over $160 when compared to the more expensive AIW 9700 Pro but slower 3D performance.

MSI Ti4800SE-VTD8X box

Basically this card is made relevant by its competitive price and overall features. Not only do you get very competent 3D performance, you also get VIVO capabilities normally found in more expensive cards all at a reasonable price. The bundled games are worth considering since they include some critically acclaimed titles. Image quality is nice and sharp if properly installed (i.e. Use the DVI connector) and MSI’s driver support is very good (made convenient through the LiveUpdate software). Though there are some issues with cooling and the bundled software, it is nothing serious enough to stop me from seriously recommending someone looking for a VIVO card with great 3D performance at a decent price.

For the Gamer & Enthusiast

  • The Good:
    • Decent 3D performance at resolutions between 1024×768 to 1280×1024.
    • nView multiple display output. Great for lots of applications and dual monitor gaming if supported.
    • Video and S-Video outputs. Connect it to a large TV for some gaming or movie watching.
    • Awesome bundled games package that doesn’t suck.
    • Large heatsink that covers both GPU and RAM if properly modified.
    • 8x AGP.
    • Great video-in capabilities without being overpriced.
    • Great overclocking potential.
  • The Not-So-Good:
    • Heatsink is not flush with GPU or RAM. May severely limit your overclocking and cause long-term reliability/heat issues.
    • Limited options when gaming at 1600×1200 resolution.
    • Hardware monitoring feature does not currently work with MSI’s software.
    • If you may have limited use for VIVO and this feature adds to the overall price.
    • VGA connector creates a fuzzy image.
    • Bundled WinProducer software did not work with tested drivers.
    • Some of the bundled software has questionable use (i.e. may be considered as “bloat”).
    • The fan’s wire not securely attached and can get caught in the fan blades.
    • No DirectX 9 support.

MSI Ti4800SE-VTD8X

For the Working Professional

  • The Good:
    • nView multiple display output great for connecting a projector or a 2nd display. Huge possibilities in presentation situations and for busy desktops.
    • Video and S-Video outputs. Connect it to a large TV for a media presentation or dub a PowerPoint show onto VHS tapes.
    • Superb Video-in capabilities.
    • Good 3D performance and 2D quality.
    • Good games bundle for that occassional distraction.
    • Great feature-to-price ratio.
  • The Not-So-Good:
    • Heatsink is not flush with GPU or RAM. May cause long-term reliability/heat issues.
    • VGA connector creates a fuzzy image.
    • Bundled WinProducer software did not work with tested drivers.
    • Some of the bundled software has questionable use (i.e. may be considered as “bloat”).
    • Bundled games may not be useful and increases overall price.
    • The fan’s wire not securely attached and can get caught in the fan blades.

Where MSI can improve

  • Fix the card or cooler so that the heatsink is properly seated on the GPU and RAM.
  • Test all bundled software with the particular product being sold. Don’t just throw in the same software that worked for a Ti4200 card and assume it will work for the Ti4800SE.
  • Better fastening of the fan’s power connector so it does not dangle into the fan blades.
  • More documentation of possible problems on website (like the problem of importing with WinProducer and the “broken” hardware monitoring).
  • 3D Experience tool would be better as a non-Flash application that can be monitored without having to have the window maximized (like Motherboard Monitor).
  • Increase the length of the dongle cable.

From the reviewer
Our ambition here is to give a fair and practical review of the hardware. As consumers, we are entitled to an honest review to help us make informed decisions and we hope our article helps you to achieve that goal. We have attempted to give a comprehensive approach to reviewing the MSI Ti4800SE-VTD8X and hope you found what you are looking for. As a reviewer here at AMDMB.com, I value all constructive comments and criticism that you may have, so please feel free to email me.

For those of you hoping for a more comparative article between different vendors and chipsets (i.e. ATI vs. NVIDIA benchmarks), let me just say that I didn’t include ATI benchmarks in this article for a reason. 😉

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