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Overclocking and System Setup
The GeForce4 Ti 4200 has been known to reach core frequencies in excess of 300MHz, so NVIDIA’s decision to ship reference boards at 250MHz seems mighty conservative. Thankfully, third-party manufacturers will have some freedom to adjust those settings for more aggressive performance. Further, many of the Ti 4200 cards equipped with 3.6ns memory modules have approached the 600MHz mark.
At 500MHz, the 4ns Samsung modules on the reference design were already operating at their rated capacity. Even still, the card performed stably all the way up to 300/570MHz, indicating that the low-end NV28 boards will probably enjoy the same popularity as the current Ti 4200 with the overclocking community.
The NV18 proved even more flexible. At default speeds, the MX 440 with AGP 8x runs at 275/500MHz. With a quick adjustment of NVIDIA’s built-in overclocking utility, the card ran without a hitch at speeds up to 312/580MHz. This isn’t really a surprise, considering four 3.6ns Samsung memory modules reside on the board.
All power saving options were turned off, as were the Automatic Update and System Restore services. Graphics options under the ‘Performance’ tab were all disabled for maximum performance.
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