ABIT Siluro GF4 Ti4200-8X OTES

Review

posted 12/30/2002 by John Yan
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I’ve always thought of ABIT as an innovator. Just one look at the card I’m reviewing today should give you an idea of how ABIT tries to take a product and puts their mark on it. In fact, you can’t really miss the changes they have implemented on the video card. Today’s review is the ABIT Siluro GF4 Ti4200-8X OTES and if you’re in the market for a Geforce4 Ti4200 card, you should definitely consider this one.

The Siluro Ti4200-8X OTES is a Geforce4 card with an attitude. It features NVIDIA’s latest GPU has a CPU core speed at 275 MHz and the memory speed at 500Mhz. It’s already clocked faster than stock Ti4200’s so ABIT’s given you a little boost even though the card is labeled as a Ti4200. Specifications say that it can generate 113 million vertices per second and has a fill rate of 4 billion AA samples per second. Memory bandwidth is 8GB per second and the card has 128MB on it. Now that the basic specs are out of the way, let’s see what ABIT has done with the card that makes it unique.

OTES stands for Outside Thermal Exhaust System. The card cooling system consists of a copper fin heatsink, a plastic cover around the GPU, a high-speed blower, and a heatpipe. Taking up two slots, the Siluro OTES card’s features all operate in conjunction to lower the operating temperature. The thin and lengthy copper fin heat sink helps dissipate heat. The high-speed blower generates a nice airflow in the covered environment, which flows through the heatsink and out the exhaust. For the heatpipe, there is a liquid in it that absorbs the heat, which makes it boil. The fluid boils to a vapor where it travels to the upper part of the pipe and releases the heat. As heat is released, the vapor condenses back to a liquid and flows back to the lower part of the cylinder where the cycle begins again. On the back is a big X-plate that holds the cooling system in place as well as allows for some cooling on the back of the card. As you can see, there’s a lot here to help cool the video card down. The system screams for overclocking stability so we’ll see how well it does later on.

Since the exhaust system forces the card to take up two slots with the amount of outputs available, ABIT has spaced out some of the outputs onto the next slot. Next to the exhaust is a DVI port for those who have an LCD display. In the second slot area of the card, there is one S-VGA output and a VGA connector. ABIT has kindly included a DVI to VGA adapter so that if you do have two CRT monitors, you can utilize both outputs for dual display. For developers who enjoy games like me, I really do appreciate the second monitor option and you won’t sacrifice gaming speed for work capabilities.
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