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GeForce2, 3 and 4 Specs Compared

6 February 2002

Updated: 4 July 2002

With the release of NVIDIA's latest powerhouse, the GeForce4, many people are wondering if it is time to upgrade. Since I haven't found all the specs in one place, I thought it would be helpful to put them in a matrix format to be easier to read.

Chipset Triangles per Second: Fill Rate: Operations per Second: Memory Bandwidth: Core Speed Memory Speed Maximum Memory:
GeForce4 Ti 4600 136 Million 4.8 Billion AA Samples/Sec. 1.23 Trillion 10.4GB/Sec. 300 650 DDR 128MB
GeForce4 Ti 4400 125 Million 4.4 Billion AA Samples/Sec. 1.12 Trillion 8.8GB/Sec. 275 550 DDR 128MB
GeForce4 Ti 4200 113 Million 4 Billion AA Samples/Sec. 1.03 Trillion 7.1GB/Sec. 250 444 DDR 128MB
GeForce4 Ti 4200 113 Million 4 Billion AA Samples/Sec. 1.03 Trillion 8GB/Sec. 250 500 DDR 64MB
GeForce4 MX 460 38 Million 1.2 Billion Texels/Sec. 8.8GB/Sec. 300 550 DDR 64MB
GeForce4 MX 440 34 Million 1.1 Billion Texels/Sec. 6.4GB/Sec. 270 400 DDR 64MB
GeForce4 MX 420 31 Million 1 Billion Texels/Sec. 2.7GB/Sec. 250 166 SDR 64MB
GeForce3 Ti 500 3.84 Billion AA Samples/Sec. 960 Billion 8.0GB/Sec. 240 500 DDR 128MB
GeForce3 3.2 Billion AA Samples/Sec. 800 Billion 7.36GB/Sec. 460 DDR
GeForce3 Ti 200 2.8 Billion AA Samples/Sec. 700 Billion 6.4GB/Sec. 175 400 DDR 128MB
GeForce2 MX 400 800 Million Texels/Second 2.7GB/s* 200* 183* 64MB
GeForce2 Ti 31 Million 1 Billion Pixels/Second 6.4GB/s 250 400 DDR 64MB

* Specs vary greatly between manufacturers. Memory speed runs from 143MHz to 183MHz, core clock speed was either 175 or 200MHz.

I saw this in nV News' preview of the GeForce4 cards and I think it bears repeating

"Although the name may be misleading, the GeForce4 MX does not contain a programmable transform and lighting engine (nFinite FX Engine) that made its debut with the GeForce3. What this means is that specialized graphics instructions will be carried out by the central processing unit as opposed to the graphics processor."

Final Thoughts

We are seeing manufacturers begin to modify the default speeds of the GeForce4 Ti cards either by overclocking or providing faster memory chips. For example, some are providing faster memory on the Ti 4200 (128MB) cards.

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