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ProLink PixelView GF2MX Twin Review

ProLink PixelView GF2MX Twin Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Where the PixelView GeForce2 MX Twin really shines is with its dual display! Well sort of, the the second header is a DVI connector which is good for LCD monitors.
Filed under: Video Cards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Prolink Nov 25 2001   Colin Sun  
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Benchmarks and Results

Test System Specs:
Computer: AthlonXP1800+ (1.53 GHz at 1.7)
256MB OCZ PC2400 DDR Ram
EPoX 8KHA+
SB Live! Platinum 5.1
30GB IBM DeskStar 75 GXP

Video Cards:

Asus V7700 Deluxe (GF2 GTS 200/333)
MSI StarForce 822 (GF3 200/460)
Prolink PixelView GeForce2 MX (GF2 MX400 200/183)
Prolink PixelView GeForce2 MX (GF2 MX400 241/245)
Software: Windows 98SE
DirectX 8.0
Via 4in1 4.35V
DetonatorXP 22.80
Benchmarks:

3DMark2000 Ver 1.1
3DMark2001
GLMark
Serious Sam: The First Encounter
Quake III Arena
Return to Castle Wolfenstein MP Test

It's a shame that over at MadOnion, there are so many cheaters claiming high scores in 3DMark2000. It makes you think whether the results you see are accurate.

3DMark2000

Asus V7700 Deluxe GeForce2 GTS
MSI StarForce 822 GeForce3
PixelView GeForce2 MX
PixelView GeForce2 MX (oc'ed)
9712
12015
6708
8014

It's no surprise that the MX400 is bringing it up in the rear, however, when overclocked, it leads to quite a healthy performance gain! In general, 3DMark2000 is a great program to test DirectX 7 performance. Here's 3DMark2001, newer and updated for DirectX8.

3DMark2001

Asus V7700 Deluxe GeForce2 GTS
MSI StarForce 822 GeForce3
PixelView GeForce2 MX
PixelView GeForce2 MX (oc'ed)
4550
8484
3234
4178

Again, the MX is last, but that's expected. Overclocking brings it close to GeForce2 GTS speeds!

Here is Vulpine's GLMark, it's a synthetic like the 2 3DMark's, but this is for OpenGL.

Asus V7700 Deluxe GeForce2 GTS
MSI StarForce 822 GeForce3
PixelView GeForce2 MX
PixelView GeForce2 MX (oc'ed)
43.2 fps
79.2 fps
27.7 fps
31.2 fps

GLMark isn't as kind to the MX400 as the 3DMark's. Here, the MX400 trails by quite a bit and even when it's overclocked it doesn't seem to help much.

Enough with the synthetics, let's take a look at some real world games. Next up is Serious Sam

Serious Sam

Asus V7700 Deluxe GeForce2 GTS
MSI StarForce 822 GeForce3
PixelView GeForce2 MX
PixelView GeForce2 MX (oc'ed)
Normal 640x480 Suburbs Demo
160.2 fps
167 fps
102.1 fps
110.3 fps
Normal 640x480 Dunes Demo
187.7 fps
210.8 fps
127.4 fps
132.1 fps

Serious Sam backs up with earlier benchmarks says. Let's turn up the resolution a bit and see how things fair...

Asus V7700 Deluxe GeForce2 GTS
MSI StarForce 822 GeForce3
PixelView GeForce2 MX
PixelView GeForce2 MX (oc'ed)
Quality 800x600 Dunes Demo
107.5 fps
157.9 fps
74.2 fps
79.6 fps
Quality 800x600 Suburbs Demo
87.5 fps
123.7 fps
54.2 fps
61.7 fps
Quality 1024x768 Dunes Demo
79 fps
141.2 fps
49.1 fps
54.2 fps
Quality 1024x768 Suburbs Demo
59 fps
97.1 fps
36.1 fps
42.7 fps

That's as far as I'm willing to push the MX. Any settings higher and all we'd accomplish is to embarrass it.

Let's get some Quake III action!

Asus V7700 Deluxe GeForce2 GTS
MSI StarForce 822 GeForce3
PixelView GeForce2 MX
PixelView GeForce2 MX (oc'ed)
Fastest demo001
287.4 fps
303.9 fps
286.4 fps
286.7 fps
Fastest nv15demo
85.7 fps
90.7 fps
87.6 fps
86.9 fps

All CPU limted here. Let's crank up the resolution...

Asus V7700 Deluxe GeForce2 GTS
MSI StarForce 822 GeForce3
PixelView GeForce2 MX
PixelView GeForce2 MX (oc'ed)
HQ demo001
163.4 fps
255.7 fps
107.6 fps
120.1 fps
HQ nv15demo
65.5 fps
66.8 fps
54.9 fps
59.8 fps
MAX 1024x768 demo001
97.9 fps
201.2 fps
64.9 fps
75.1 fps
MAX 1024x768 nv15demo
50.2 fps
63.5 fps
37.8 fps
41.4 fps

Obviously the MX is dead last, but by quite a margin too! Unfortunately the MX just doesn't have enough horsepower to keep up with the big boys.

Next up it's Return to Castle Wolfenstein which is based on the Quake III engine, so the results should be similar.

Asus V7700 Deluxe GeForce2 GTS
MSI StarForce 822 GeForce3
PixelView GeForce2 MX
PixelView GeForce2 MX (oc'ed)
MAX 640x480 atdemo6
60.7 fps
63.9 fps
58.4 fps
59.6 fps
MAX 640x480 atdemo8
161.2 fps
175.3 fps
140.8 fps
152.7 fps

Since the atdemo6 is all CPU limited, there really isn't a noticeable difference between the cards, however with the atdemo8, the MX's are already starting to fall behind!
Asus V7700 Deluxe GeForce2 GTS
MSI StarForce 822 GeForce3
PixelView GeForce2 MX
PixelView GeForce2 MX (oc'ed)
MAX 800x600 atdemo6
58.5 fps
62.7 fps
38.1 fps
41.2 fps
MAX 800x600 atdemo8
130.4 fps
167.5 fps
46.1 fps
54.3 fps
MAX 1024x768 atdemo6
53.1 fps
60.1 fps
22.6 fps
24.7 fps
MAX 1024x768 atdemo8
107.6 fps
163.7 fps
39.6 fps
43.4 fps

As we can see, the MX card just can't keep up with its' more powerful brothers. The MX performs like... well, an MX card should. It's not that bad, it can play any game at 800x600-32bit no problem, however it just doesn't have the power to compete with more powerful (and expensive) cards like the GTS and GF3. Even when it's overclocked, it's no where close to being as fast as the GTS. Still, it does have it's appeal, which is mainly the dual display capabilities.

Even the closest competitor, ATI's RadeonVE is quite a bit more expensive then Prolink's PixelView GeForce2 MX. If Prolink would also package a DVI to analog converter, things would be even better for the PixelView MX Twin.

If you're a gamer then you already know you should be staying away from the MX lineup. They are not well positioned to play most of today's high-end games, and I'd hate to see how they fair with tomorrow's! For non-gamers looking around in the value market for a decent video card the Pixelview does offer the dual display features many might find attractive, especially if you want to transition to a DVI-based flat screen display.

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