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Gainward GeForce PowerPack! Ultra/650-8X XP “Golden Sample” - Page 2 Of 17

Specifications And Board Layout

Product Specification

  • Gainward's award winning High-Peformance/Wide-Bandwidth™ hardware design integrating NVIDIA's latest GeForce™4 Ti 4200-8X graphics processor and 128MB of the fastest DDR memory
  • Gainward's unique red powerful cooling Fan
  • Gainward's unique red cool heat sink
  • Gainward's "Golden Sample™" products guarantee outstanding stability and performance.
  • Support Video capture from TV, VCR, DV or camcorder with Composite and S-Video connectors
  • Providing a video-out connector or flicker free functionality both composite video and s-video for PAL and NTSCT for smooth video recording and video editing
  • Accelerated DVD playback with enhanced motion compensation in hardware.
  • A powerful package of Video-Editing-Software is also included
  • Includes Gainward's EXPERTool™ utility for customized performance enhancements and efficient desktop management. Performance enhanced, accelerated software drivers for all major operation systems and APIs
  • Easy Plug-and-Play AUTORUN installation from CD-ROM, supporting 8X, 4X, and 2X AGP.
  • Supports LCD output with DVI connector
  • Video-out support (NTSC/PAL) TV system

API Support

  • DirectX 8.1
  • Direct3D, DirectDraw , DirectVideo
  • OpenGL 1.3 for Windows98/98E/XP/2000/NT

OS Support

  • Windows95/98/98E/2000/ME/XP

Chipset Feature

  • Integrated NVIDIA GeForce™4 Ti 4200-8X GPU with AGP 8X
  • Supporting 128MB high-speed 128bit DDR RAM memory
  • nView™ Multi-Display Technology provides flexibility and control for using multiple displays, supporting any combination of desktop VGA monitors, DVI displays or TV sets
  • Shading Rasterizer™ Technology allows software developers to calculate lighting characteristics on a per-pixel basis in real time
  • Integrated Lightspeed Memory Architecture (LMA) II increases memory bandwidth efficiency for unmatched performance
  • Accuview Antialiasing™ delivers unbeatable visual quality and frames rates
  • Video Processing Engine (VPE) enables the highest-quality, full-frame rate, full-screen HDTV and DVD without requiring a high-performance CPU
  • Integrated Second-Generation Transform and Lighting Engine (T&L) provide a powerful, balanced PC platform and enable scenes with extremely high polygon counts
  • Digital Vibrancy Control™ Technology can adjust color controls digitally to compensate for the lighting conditions
  • Integrated 32-bit color and 32-bit Z/stencil Buffer
  • Support Video Playback Architecture The video scalar function provides the ability to render a video stream in a YUVcolor space onto an RGB graphics display, either within a window or a full screen. It supports YUV overlay surfaces in off-screen memory.
  • AGP 3.0 support for 8x and 4x and AGP 2.0 support for 4x, 2x, 1x

System Requirements

  • Intel Pentium II/Pentium III or compatible CPUs
  • 64MB System Memory or above
  • AGP Slot (AGP version)
  • CD-ROM Drive

Although this card supports AGP8x I will not conduct the benchmarks or any other tests in this mode, and here is why:
The reason for this decision was that there is no significant difference between AGP 2.0 and AGP 3.0 standards. Though the improved AGP bus has doubled its bandwidth to 2.1 GB/s, the performance increase is simply non-existent. The next generation graphics cards (NV40, R400) will most likely take better advantage of the AGP 3.0 standard.

Board Layout

And this is how our "Red Devil" presents. The card is much shorter because it does not need as much power as a Ti4600/4400, thus most capacitors were eliminated and the board was shortened. Notice the RAM sinks. Those are not available on some other similar class cards (at least the first revisions). I will talk about the heatsinks in more detail in a second. As usual, Gainward is sporting their sexy red 8-layered PCB. To the left of the cooler we have the VIVO and DVI chips.

And here is our bracket: VGA (HD-15 port), VIDEO (S-Video port) and DVI-I port (from left to right). Almost all Geforce 4 Ti's have a similar setup, though not all have VIVO capabilities :) As mentioned before, Gainward's XP feature provides two video-in and two video-out connectors (both composite video and s-video for PAL and NTSC). More about this in the next section.

Here is a Ti4600 for comparison:


And here are both cards:



Let's take a look at the details...

Ti4200:


Ti4600:


Ti4200:


Ti4600:


Some of you will probably disagree but I like Gainward's sturdy heatsinks. As you can see it is very similar to the Ti4600 cooler. I would be even a happier camper to see Gainward use copper based heatsink (which would dissipate the heat even better) as this one appears to be nickel plated. As you can see, the top RAM sinks on the Ti4200 needed to be modified for the capacitors to fit in. Good luck replacing those with your own.

Now let's take a look at the back of the card. It's not much different from the older version (with AGP4x). Notice the RAM sinks here as well. If you don't have those and you are overclocking your card...GET THEM, they do help.

The PCB is flawless. I have looked at it thoroughly and haven't found any potential problems.

Ti4200:


Ti4600:

Here you can see the anodized red RAM sinks that match the PCB color. Those custom-made heatsinks are not the same as on my Ti4600. They are much wider and shorter, but seem to dissipate the same amount of heat. Underneath them you will find Samsung's TSOP2 DDR SDRAM. It's not BGA based memory as most of the newest Geforce 4's use but it still overclocks pretty well. The memory is rated at 3.6 nanoseconds (~550 MHz, although this Ti comes clocked at 513MHz)


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