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    While the NVIDIA has the GeForce2 GTS and Ultra boards occupying the top rung of the 3D performance ladder, the company has not forgotten about the entry-level or mid-range market. This is an important area for any manufacturer, since it essentially represents the price point at which most OEM PCs are sold. It would be nice if every PC could have a high-end 3D card inside, but the costs can be prohibitive in utilizing such cutting edge technology.

    Certainly, NVIDIA could fill this void with their last-generation GeForce 256 DDR and SDR boards, but this is not necessarily the optimum solution. Instead, NVIDIA unleashed the GeForce2 MX chip, which is based on the same core as the powerful GeForce2 GTS, but with only two of the four GeForce2 GTS pipelines. This allows the inexpensive GeForce2 MX to include a current feature set, and still maintain performance similar to a standard GeForce 256 SDR.

    This is a very bold move in the 3D card market and certainly sends a message to NVIDIA's competitors in the entry-level markets. Like Intel's Pentium III and Celeron lines, NVIDIA has ensured that no matter your budget or performance requirements, there will likely be a NVIDIA card that fits your needs quite well. For new PC buyers, this means that the GeForce2 MX just might be an option on your next PC. For both home and business users, this will translate into receiving a much better video card along with commensurate performance increases.

    Although PixelView might not be the first name that comes to mind for 3D video cards, the company has certainly taken the NVIDIA line by the horns. Their selection of GeForce2 MX cards is unrivaled, and include everything from standard models to those featuring TwinView, TV-out, and composite video inputs. Their product selection does not end with features, as several models are available in both AGP and PCI formats. PixelView may be a new name to many, but their attention to detail in the GeForce2 MX sector is bound to gain them more and more attention.

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