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    Visiontek Xtasy GeForce4 Ti4600
    Author: David Pitlyuk
    Date Posted: March 27th, 2002
    SLRating: SLRating: 8/10
    Bottom Line: The card is fast, no doubt about it, but it may not exactly be cost worthy. It depends on exactly what features you need and if you want bragging rights or not.

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    Pros & Cons

    Pros

    • The fastest thing out there
    • Video capture capabilities
    • nView multi-monitor support

    Cons

    • Expensive
    • Card is big, but isn't an issue to everybody
    • No DVI-I to HD-15 connector included

    Conclusion

    The Visiontek Xtasy Ti4600 is the fast. Period. The big question is if it is cost effective or not. This seems like repeat of the whole GF3 Ti500 Vs. GF3 Ti200 competition, but in my opinion there is a closer rivalry between the Ti4400 and Ti4600. The Ti4400 performed almost always only less then 10% worse then the Ti4600, is a 10% performance gain worth $100 to you?

    Of course there are other differences between the cards like the VIVO capabilities on the Ti4600 as well as the bundled video editing software. You have to ask yourself if that is something you really need. The other difference is that the Ti4600 uses 2.8ns memory while the Ti4400 uses 3.2ns memory. Remember that the memory on the Ti4600 is clocked at 650MHz, but because it's 2.8ns, it should technically be able to get up to 715MHz or close to it without much problem.

    One of the cons was that there was no DVI-I to HD-15 connector included, I don't think it would have been too expensive for Visiontek to add this in and would have really promoted the fact that the card has multi-monitor support, instead if you want the feature with two non-DVI monitors, you will have to go and pick the connector up yourself, a hassle if you ask me.

    Overall, Visiontek has a winner on their hands and was once again first to market. Look for a more in-depth look at their Ti4400 card coming soon at SL if you are pondering between the two cards, but if you want the fastest thing out there and bragging rights, go and get this card.

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