Leadtek GeForce4 MX440 -
IntroductionnVidia is pretty much a household name for the hardware community. Ever since nVidia released its very first 3D graphics card, called the Riva 128ZX, to take on Intel i740 and S3 Savage 3D, they have had nothing but success in the 3D market. TNT, TNT2, Geforce and Geforce 2 have been among the great 3D cards of all time, and right beside them have been many multimedia companies; but none more famous then Leadtek.Leadtek was established in 1986. Since this time, they have been making computer products from motherboards to advanced 3D video cards for end users. What really put Leadtek on the map was its line of Geforce 2 cards with EliteMT memory that allowed for the most overclockable video card around. This won many appraisals out there in the hardware sector for having the most versatile and overclockable product ever. Since that time, Leadtek has focused on the enthusiast market, which is where everthing seems to be going these days. They have a rather impressive line-up with their graphics cards, and are more than renouned for their overclocking.nVidia recently introduced the latest addition to its video card line, the GeForce4. The GeForce4 series consists of three budget chipsets, the MX420, MX440 and MX460, and three high-end chipsets, the Ti4200, Ti4400 and Ti4600. Since its release, the Ti range has received a heap of praise because of its excellent performance at high resolutions, even with the highest quality settings turned on. While that is all well and good, not everyone can afford to spend about US$400 on a single component. That is where the GeForce4 MX comes in.Once again Rectron has come to our aid in presenting us with the Leadtek A170 Geforce4 MX440 video card. Time to play the game!
Leadtek GeForce4 MX440 -Features- FeaturesnVidia GeForce4 MX440 256-bit 3D GPU64MB high-speed 128-bit DDR RAM memoryAGP 2X/4X with Fast Writes and AGP Texturing Support1 billion texels/sec. fill-rate6.4GB memory bandwidthIntegrated dual 350MHz DACs supporting two independent CRT displays at 2048 x 1536 resolution @ 75HznVidia nView technology supporting multiple displaysnVidia Lightspeed Memory Architecture II (LMA) Technology boosts effective memory bandwidthnVidia Accuview Antialiasing delivers unprecedented AA performance and quality to mainstream marketIntegrated TV encoder supporting 1024 x 768 resolution - Integrated Dual-Channel TMDS * Transmitter enables two independent LCD displays at resolutions up to 1280 x 1024nVidia Video Processing Engine (VPE) enables the highest-quality, full-frame rate, full-screen HDTV and DVD playbackAPI SupportOpenGL 1.3 and lower; DirectX 8.1 and lower- I/O Interface15-pin D-sub VGA connectorTV-out Connector (S-Video/Composite)DVI-I Supports LCD MonitorVideo-In Connector
Leadtek GeForce4 MX440 -FeaturesThe Card
Leadtek GeForce4 MX440 -BenchmarkingTest SystemProcessor: Intel Pentium 4 2.0GHzMemory: 256MB DDR-333 Kingmax Motherboard: EPoX 4SDA+Video Card: Leadtek GF3 Ti500, Leadtek A170 GF4MX 440Hard Disk: Seagate Barracuda ATA-3 UDMA 100 7200RPMDrivers: SiS AGP 1.08D, nVidia Detonator v27.20Software Used: 3dMark2000, 3dMark2001, Quake III Arena, Star Trek Armada, Star Trek Voyager Elite Force Star Trek Armada 2Results - 3dMark2000 1024x768
Leadtek GeForce4 MX440 -ConclusionAt the end of the day, the Leadtek A170 is the most overclockable, cheapest value market video card that for dollar. To demo it does not disappoint anyone who would invest in one for their value box. While lacking the GF4's extra features such as DX8 support, 2nd pixel shader, nVidia does have to cut some extras out to make it affordable, yet still worth your money. GF4MX is very much the card for everyone.Scoring just behind out GF3 Ti500 card and at less than half the price, we can see nVidia is planning to phase out the GF3 line of cards. After all, why buy a AU$800 GF3 Ti500 when you can get a AU$300 GF4MX 440 and overclock it, getting the same results as the Ti500? I see none.With this said, Leadtek have done a fantastic job keeping us value market users happy while giving something that is worth our dollars.- ProsUltra Fast Value cardVery cheapOverclockableRetail Games IncludedExcellent Video in and Out quality- ConsNo DX8 supportRating - 9/10 and TweakTown's Editors Choice Award
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