Currently, the computer graphics market is in quite an uproar. ATI released its attack on NVIDIA earlier this year with its RADEON 9700 and 9000 family of graphics cards and as you’ve all heard, RADEON 9500 is nearly upon us. Obviously we’re seeing the same trend on NVIDIA’s GeForce4 line of cards although NVIDIA’s naming schemes are a little more ambiguous.
With new product releases, the benefit that buyers will get upfront is the fact that companies will lower the prices on existing products and they usually do so by a significant amount. In case you were thinking that prices for flagship products are ridiculously priced, we have a few solutions today from Leadtek that are positioned exactly to fulfill this drop in price.
When I buy products, the rule for me to make a good purchase is to always buy the product that’s one step behind the cutting edge. This usually gives me performance and features that are slightly different if not the same as the cutting edge products at a cheaper price. Most of the time, with video cards, the difference will only be in speed. Most of the time however, you’ll be able to overclock the product anyway. With GeForce4 cards, it’s possible to hit Ti4600 speeds by simply overclocking a Ti4400, and if you’re lucky, a Ti 4200.
Today we have three GeForce4 Titanium cards on hand with us from Leadtek. All three cover the entire line of Ti cards across the board starting from 4200 and going up to 4600. However, this time around, they’re not the plain Ti cards but Leadtek has included what they call MyVIVO, which basically means the entire line of Ti cards from Leadtek incorporate Video-In and Video-Out.
Finally you’ll be able to pipe all your video into your computer. Leadtek includes its Video viewing program to let you watch videos on your PC. Because it only has composite or S-Video in, it’s possible to still watch cable TV by attaching your CATV cable to a VCR and use the VCR’s video output connectors to send video into the Leadtek cards. Of course, if you’re using other forms of TV services like satellite, the satellite receiver will most likely have S-video output. Then simple input the sound into your soundcard’s Line-In port.
That being said, it really is a perfect time to move up to a GeForce4 Ti card if you’re still stuck in the GeForce2 or slower days. Even users with low-end GeForce3 cards will appreciate the horsepower that is packed with each GeForce4 Ti card.