Yep...the White Paper section of the write-up. While I can sympathize with those who don't really care much about the internal workings of the board, it is important that we have a solid idea as to the overall capabilities of the card. So here's what this baby is all about:
Graphics Engine: nVidia GeForce4 MX440 GPU
GPU Clock: 275MHz
Memory: 64MB DDR (6.4GB/sec Bandwidth)
Memory Speed: 400MHz (200MHz DDR)
Fill Rate: 1.1 Billion texels/sec
Triangle/sec: 34 Million
Maximum Resolution: 2048x1536 (16-bit color @ 75Hz)
Bus Standard: AGP 2x/4x
- nView Display Technology
- Lightspeed Memory Architecture II
- Advanced AccuView Antialiasing
- Video Processing Engine
The GeForce4 MX line of video boards are a design that is aiming at the budget conscious among us. I found it to be a board of compromises, so you'll have to decide whether or not it fits within your personal requirements for a performance board.
While testing this board, I was rather concerned when I discovered that it had no hardware support for DirectX 8. While this isn't a huge issue right now, there are some games getting ready to hit the streets that will require this feature to get the best performance in the game (can you say Doom III?). It also doesn't support per-pixel shading either, so again, some of the newer games getting ready to come to market won't play at their best on this board.
It did, however, manage to have a much cleaner graphics output than any video card that I've seen. The lines were crisper, and the flow of the content was always consistently smooth. It also did very well with high-polygon scenes.
So there are strong points to this board as well as a couple of weaknesses, but with an entry fee that is pretty affordable for a brand new technology (approx. US$130), we'll see if it is a fair trade-off towards the end of the review.
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