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.
Good overclocking of memory and core
Great Software Bundle
Old MX440 core with little gain over original
Rating: 6 out of 10
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