MSI Geforce4 MX440 DDR 64MB Review

Bosco - 2007-01-26 17:31:05 in Video Cards
Category: Video Cards
Reviewed by: Bosco   
Reviewed on: August 31, 2002
GF City Computers
Price: N/A

Introduction

As we are coming to a close on our MX440 shootout, today we will be looking at the MSI model. I have been very impressed with MSI's card ever since my friend's 4600TI card benchmarked higher then my ASUS 4600TI on the same system. Will the card be good or will it be a dud read on and we shall see.

Great looking box, looks like it might be a good card.

Specifications

  • 270mhz Core clock
  • 400mhz memory clock
  • 1.1 billion Pixels Per Second
  • 6.4GB/sec memory bandwidth
  • Lightspeed Memory Architecture amplifies memory bandwidth
  • AGP 2X/4X with Fast Writes Support
  • DirectX 8.1
  • OpenGL 1.3 support
  • Memory:

  • 64MB On-board DDR memory
  • TV-out:

  • TV-out up to 1024x768 resolution
  • Driver support:

  • Win 2K, ME, Win 98, WinXP
  • System Requirements:

  • Intel Pentium II/III/Celeron, Pentium 4

  • AMD Athlon/Duron/XP

  • (systems with AGP 1.0 Slot and up to 4.0)
  • Decent looking card, there’s a S-video jack on the card for those of you that would like to run your computer through your TV.

    The fan looks a little over the top but it still looks good.

    Look at all the stuff you get. :)

    Nice big instruction book.

    When ever you buy hardware sometimes you will get extra software with it, everything came with the MSI card, games, software, utility's, and drivers.

    What you get:

  • Video Card
  • Driver/DVD Driver/Utility's CDs
  • Aqua Nox Game
  • No One Lives Forever Two CD's
  • Demo Games CD
  • S-Video Cord
  • Lots of cables included
  • Instructions
  • I am going to run a series of tests with 3dmark 2001, Quake and Comanche 4.

    So let’s get started and see how the card performs:

    Testing

    Test setup:

  • AMD 2100+ (Not Overclocked)
  • GA-7VRXP
  • MSI GeForce4 MX440
  • Memory 512MB DDR(Infineon)
  • WinXP Pro
  • Will use Detonator driver 29.42 for all tests:
  • 3dmark2001

    MSI comes out on top for the first two tests and ties on the third.

    Very close. The AAX4 test I think that the Aopen drivers prevent the card from running the test so it just runs an AAX2 test again.

    The MSI just scraped by here. Neither card would run AAX4.

    Quake 3

    Very close only 3 frames difference on the first test and 1 on the second and third tests. Still a decent score.

    Comanche 4

    Very even, once again I think the drivers were preventing the Aopen to run AAX4 on the second test. Neither card would run AAX4 at 1600X1200.

    Conclusion

    Well for the most part I was pleased with the card; I thought the benchmarks would have been a little better but all the MX440 cards are pretty much the same. For the price of the card its not bad considering what you get with it. You may want to consider this card for a gamer card. I did not notice any difference between them, so software and games I am sure would help make you choose.

    Pros

  • Good graphics
  • Fairly Fast
  • Fan on the GPU
  • S-Video
  • Games included
  • DVD Drivers included
  • Good Price
  • Cons

  • Thought it lacked in performance.