We have put the X-Micro IMPACT 4 Pro up against an X-Micro nVidia GeForce2 MX 32mb and nVidia reference GeForce2 Ultra all using the latest Detonator 10.80 drivers under Windows 2000 all clocked at their default clock speeds. Testing was done using highly synthetic benchmarking programs, 3DMark 2000 and Quake 3 Arena to give you an idea of the performance of the X-Micro IMPACT 4 Pro video card compared to the GeForce2 MX and Ultra.
TEST SYSTEM SETUP
Processor - AMD Athlon 800MHz (8x100)
RAM - 256MB PC150 SDRAM
Motherboard - ABIT KT7A RAID
Video Card - X-Micro nVidia GeForce2 MX 32mb, X-Micro IMPACT 4 Pro 32mb, nVidia GeForce2 Ultra 64mb - Microsoft Windows 2000
Drivers - nVidia 10.80, DX8
Software - 3DMark 2000, Quake 3 Arena
Results - 3DMark2000 (1024x768 16bit Colour)
In this 3dMark2000 benchmark we can see that, unsurprisingly, the GeForce2 Ultra 64mb out muscled the GeForce2 MX and GeForce2 Pro, but only marginally.
Results - Quake 3 Arena (High Quality Graphics)
Again the benchmarks are close, the GeForce2 Ultra wins by the slightest of margins with the GeForce2 MX trailing the two other video cards.
I think the move by nVidia to produce the GeForce2 GTS Pro GPU was a good one and also a good one by X-Micro to choose to use this GPU in their range of IMPACT 4 video cards. As previously mentioned, we were able to overclock this GeForce2 GTS Pro to the same core and memory clock speeds as the GeForce2 Ultra thus resulting in the X-Micro IMPACT 4 Pro performing only slightly slower than the nVidia reference GeForce2 Ultra and only at the cost of the GeForce2 Pro which is a reasonable amount cheaper than the GeForce2 Ultra. We had no troubles installing this card, no crashes or glitches experience whatsoever, even when the card was overclocked. nVidia have just recently released the GeForce3 GPU which is going to retail at around US$600 when it hits shop shelves, this is easily out of the question for many enduser consumers. In the mean time before the GeForce3 becomes and a more mainstream product, if you are looking for top quality video card which is actually affordable with many features and bundled items, I would have no reason not to recommend the X-Micro IMPACT 4 Pro to any potential buyer on the market for a new video card to cater for all of today's modern 3D games and applications.
Rating - 8.5 / 10
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