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MX440 Shootout Review

Bosco    -   September 19, 2002
Category: Video Cards
GF City Computers
Price: N/A


Introduction

A video card is one of the most important upgrades that you can make to improve performance, but it can also be one of the hardest upgrades to decide on which card to choose. Nvidia and ATI are the two names that dominate the video card market. From GeForce cards from Nvidia to Radeon cards from ATI it can be difficult to decide. Today were are going to look at four MX440 cards from Nvidia to help you choose a decent performance budget card.

MSI

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
  • Abit

  • What you get:

  • Video Card
  • Driver/DVD Driver CD
  • S-Video Cord
  • Lots of cables included
  • Instructions
  • AOpen

    What you get:

  • Video Card
  • Driver CD
  • DVD Driver CD
  • ASUS

    What you get:

  • Video Card
  • Driver CD
  • DVD Driver CD
  • Game CD (Aquanox and Midnight GT/Rage Rally)
  • S-Video Cord
  • Instructions
  • For the nVidia cards you either have the TI or MX series. The TI cards are the most powerful but are the most expensive. MX cards are aimed towards people that are on a budget or people that want a video card that supports newer technology but don't want to spend big bucks on a TI series card. The Four we have choose are here because performance and price. These four are the best that we found that are worth mentioning. There are so many companys making video cards now that it is very difficult to choose a card. All four cards we have choosen have the same specs as well the same features and support.

    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)
  • These cards have an S-Video out adapter and a VGA plug in. There are alot of people that like to run DVD movies from their computer to their TV, this is where S-Video comes in. All you have to do is connect the card from the video card to your TV and boot the computer and you will see the desktop on your TV screen. You will have to hook up your audio cables as well for your sound.

    Heatsinks

    These cards come with fans on the GPU's except for the Asus, I still don't know why they didn't put one on it.

    Installation

    This is very easy to do. Just take out your old card and pop your new one in and power up the system and install the drivers. Make sure that the card is pushed all the way into the slot or you may not get the machine to boot up.




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