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MSI G4MX440-VTD8X Videocard Review

MSI G4MX440-VTD8X Videocard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: MSI's newest addition to their family of video cards, the GeForce4 MX440-8X based videocard. Will 8X AGP breath new life into the old DirectX 7 based GPU?
 77% Rating:   
Filed under: Video Cards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: MSI Oct 16 2002   Colin Sun  
Home > Reviews > Video Cards > MSI G4MX440-VTD8X

System Specs & Benchmarks: 3DMark 2001

PCStats Test System Specs:

Computer Hardware:

Processor: AMD AthonXP 2000+
Clock Speed:

12.5x133 MHz = 1.66 GHz

Motherboards:

Epox 8K5A2

Chipset:

VIA KT333CE

Videocard:

MSI G4Ti4600-TD Champ Ed (300/660)
ECS AG400 (250/500)
Retail ATi Radeon 8500 64MB
Prolink PixelView GeForce4 MX440-8X (300/550)
MSI G4MX440-VTD8X (270/400)

MSI G4MX440-VTD8X (415/713)

Memory:

256MB Corsair XMS3200 CAS2

Hard Drive: 40GB 7200RPM Samsung SP4004H
CDROM: NEC 52x CD-ROM
Floppy:

Panasonic 1.44MB Floppy Drive

Heatsink: Thermalright SK-6 w/60mm 40 CFM YS Tech
PowerSupply: Antec 400W PSU
Software Setup:

WindowsXP
VIA 4in1 4.43V
DetonatorXP 40.72*

Radeon Catalyst 2.3

Benchmarks:

3DMark2001SE
AquaMark
CodeCreatures
Commanche 4
Quake III Arena Ver 1.17
UT2003

AA Test and AF Tests
3DMark2001SE
Quake III Arena

* - The DetonatorXP 40.72 drivers were used because the WHQL 30.82's don't have support for the MX440-8X. Please keep in mind when using these drivers that they are beta! Unfortunately we were not able to run AA+AF tests. Using both would cause the system to lock up at stock speeds. We think this may be a bug in the drivers.

3DMark2001SE Source: MadOnion

3DMark2001SE is the latest installment in the 3DMark series by MadOnion. By combining DirectX8 support with completely new graphics, it continues to provide good overall system benchmarks. 3DMark2001SE has been created in cooperation with the major 3D accelerator and processor manufacturers to provide a reliable set of diagnostic tools. The suite demonstrates 3D gaming performance by using real-world gaming technology to test a system's true performance abilities. Tests include: DirectX8 Vertex Shaders, Pixel Shaders and Point Sprites, DOT3 and Environment Mapped Bump Mapping, support for Full Scene Anti-aliasing and Texture Compression and two game tests using Ipion real-time physics.

Higher numbers denote better performance.

3DMark2001SE Benchmark Results
Video Card 3DMarks Ranking
1. MSI G4Ti4600-TD 11904
2. ECS AG400 7052
3. ATi Radeon 8500 64MB 9224
4.

PixelView GeForce4 MX440-8X (300/550)

7132
5.

MSI G4MX440-VTD8X (270/400)

6840
6.

MSI G4MX440-VTD8X (415/713)

8169

As we can see, the MSI at stock is a bit slower then the PixelView MX440-8X but once overclocked it's much faster. Breaking 8k without completing the nature demo is quite a feat!

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Contents of Article: MSI G4MX440-VTD8X
 Pg 1.  MSI G4MX440-VTD8X Videocard Review
 Pg 2.  — System Specs & Benchmarks: 3DMark 2001
 Pg 3.  Benchmarks: AquaMark 2.3
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: Comanche 4
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: QIII Arena
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: UT2003
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: 3DMark 2001 AA
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: QIII Arena AA
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001 / QIII Arena AF
 Pg 10.  So what's the final Conclusion?

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