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MSI MX440 8x - Graphics on a Budget - Conclusion

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.

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



Simply put, the MSI MX440 8x is nothing more than a higher clocked GeForce 4 MX video card. The inclusion of the 8x transfer mode does nothing to help, since the card is unable to transfer the amount of polygons required for 8x operations - this feature is nothing more than a selling point for nVidia.


The upgrade to 8x transfers would have been better if a few extra features were added to the card, such as DirectX 8.1 Hardware Pixel and Vertex shader support. The core of the MX440 is based on the original GeForce 2 MX design with memory controller changes and a few extra transfer polygon improvements - you could consider it a high-powered GeForce 2 MX.


MSI however, despite the short comings of the MX440 8x core, put together a very good bundle if you are looking for something cheap with lots to play with. If you are looking for a powerful budget card, ATI's Radeon 9000 is your answer.


In all, we have not been overly impressed with nVidia's GeForce 4 MX from the start and the introduction of 8x support, which we showed provides no real world benefit - nVidia have slipped down the performance ladder in the value sector.


- Pros


Good overclocking of memory and core


Great Software Bundle


- Cons


Somewhat under-powered


Old MX440 core with little gain over original


Rating: 6 out of 10


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