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MSI MX440 8x - Graphics on a Budget - Benchmarks - Test Setup and Synthetics

While graphics designers, programmers, and hardcore enthusiasts await the retail launch of the upcoming GeForce FX from nVidia, many forget the huge and very lively value market, with users who have a budget to consider. One of the current value solutions on the market is the GeForce 4 MX, and today Cameron "Sov" Johnson takes a look at MSI's MSI MX440 8x graphics card based on this very chip from nVidia.

| Editorials in Video Cards | Posted: Jan 21, 2003 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 6.0%      Manufacturer: MSI

Test System

 

Processor: Intel Pentium 4 2.4B GHz (Northwood) (Supplied by Spectrum Communications)

 

Memory: 2x 256MB DDR-400 Kingmax (512MB) (Supplied by Kingmax)

 

Motherboard: Gigabyte 8INXP E7250 (Supplied by Gigabyte)

 

Hard Disk: Western Digital WD1200 (Supplied by Achieva)

 

Software Used: 3DMark2001, Vulpine GLMark 1.1, Quake 3 Arena, Aquanox, UT 2003, Max Payne, Star Trek Voyager Elite Force and Jedi Knight II

 

3DMark2001 SE

 

3DMark2001 SE is the latest instalment in the popular 3DMark series. By combining DirectX 8.1 support with completely new graphics (including the GeForce4), it continues to provide benchmark results that empower you to make informed hardware assessments. Build 330 adds support for video cards that have Vertex Shaders but no Pixel Shaders, such as the SiS Xabre Video card.

 

 

While having the AGP 8x support, we see that it does not help the MSI MX440 overtake the superior core of the Readon 9000. SiS Xabre is able to keep right on MSI's heals.

 

Vulpine GLMark 1.1

 

Vulpine GL mark is a Windows based OpenGL API designed to stress the OpenGL systems of a 3D Accelerator. Patch 1.1 adds in support for ATI Radeon 9700's fast 256bit memory interface optimisations and early support for the NVIDIA NV30 GPU.

 

 

Vulpine shows that the Radeon 9000 is still superior to the MX440 8x even under OpenGL conditions, which has been ATI's failing in the past.

 

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