XFX Geforce 4 MX440 Review

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Introduction

XFX is a pretty new player in the video card buisness, they are a division of Pine Technology which is directed more twoard the gamers and high end users of computers rather than the everyday person. The GeForce4 MX graphics processing unit (GPU) brings a new level of graphics performance and flexibility to the mainstream desktop PC. By incorporating NVIDIA’s innovative nView display technology, highly efficient Lightspeed Memory Architecture (LMA) II, and advanced Accuview antialiasing techniques, the GeForce4 MX GPU is the most feature-rich, cost-effective, and highly integrated GPU available for the mainstream market.

All of the Geforce 4 MX cards use the new NV17 core. This core does not have a pixel or vertex shader engine, however it uses the Transform and Lighting engine to provide a comparable solution.

The Geforce 4 series also has 3 new technologies which are being used, below is a quick overview of those capabilities.

  • nView Display Technology
    The nView hardware and software technology combination delivers maximum flexibility for multi-display options, and provides unprecedented end-user control of the desktop experience. nView allows end-users to select any combination of multiple displays, including digital flat panels, analog CRTs, and TVs, and to modify the display properties using an intuitive software interface.
  • Accuview Antialiasing (AA)
    The Accuview Antialiasing subsystem with advanced multisampling hardware delivers full-scene antialiased quality at performance levels never before seen.
  • Lightspeed Memory Architecture (LMA) II
    LMA II boosts effective memory bandwidth by up to 300%. Radical new technologies including Z-occlusion culling, fast Z-clear, and auto pre-charge? Effectively multiply the memory bandwidth to ensure fluid frame rates for the latest 3D and 2D games and applications.

The Abit card has the following specs, which most of the other MX440 cards should be quite similar to.


Performance:

    • Graphics Core: 256-bit
    • Memory Interface: 64MB
    • Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec): 6.4
    • Fill Rate (texels/sec.): 1.1 billion
    • Triangles/sec.: 34 million
    • Effective Memory Clock Rate (MHz): 400
    • RAMDACs (MHz) (each have 2 RAMDAC): 350

Monitor support:

    • D-shell (15-pin) VGA connector

Display support:

  • Register compatible with VGA
  • DVI-Out for sharp LCD monitor output
  • TV out Module enabling big-screen gaming, digital timeshifting VCR, and video-editing applications

Features:

  • nView Display Technology
  • Lightspeed Memory Architecture (LMA) II Technology
  • 64MB 128-bit DDR Frame Buffer Memory
  • MX Memory Crossbar
  • Integrated Dual 350MHz Dac’s
  • Integrated Dual-Channel TMDS Transmitter
  • Integrated TV Encoder Supporting 1024X768 Resolution
  • Accuview Antialiasing
  • Video Processing Engine (VPE)
  • AGP 4X with AGP Texturing and Fast Writes
  • Highest Quality and Highest Performance Microsoft Windows XP Support
  • Unified Driver Architecture (UDA)
  • Microsof DirectX Optimizations and Support
  • Complete OpenGL 1.3 and OpenGL support

Warranty:

  • 2 years