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    VisionTek Xtasy GeForce4 MX 440 Review
    By Vince Freeman :  April 19, 2002

    Benchmark Analysis

    When the performance numbers are taken in an overall context, the Xtasy GeForce4 MX 440 proves to be faster than a GeForce2 Ti, but still falls short of the GeForce3 Ti 200, not to mention the Ti 500 and Radeon 8500 cards. This is the same story in DirectX 8 testing, and although the GeForce4 MX 400 extends its lead over the GeForce2 Ti, the GeForce3 Ti 200 performance edge increases as well. In the end, we have a situation where the GeForce4 MX 440 has definite advantages in most games, but also brings along a few trade-offs for the upcoming DirectX 8 crop.

    In terms of real-world gaming, the Xtasy GeForce4 MX 440 is actually quite an impressive little card. We were amazed at how well it handled a wide variety of 3D games, not to mention the high quality of its 2D game images. While not offering the performance or DirectX 8 features needed by the hardcore gamer, the Xtasy GeForce4 MX 440 could easily fill the requirements of mainstream consumers, not to mention being a killer upgrade to a secondary PC, especially one used for a combination of gaming, business and entertainment roles.

    2D Image Quality

    One major complaint of the GeForce2 MX line is that 2D image quality fell below that of the GeForce2 and GeForce3 products. The GeForce4 MX 440 nips that in the bud and supplies 2D images just about on par with the excellent GeForce4 Ti. Our Xtasy GeForce4 MX 440 review card looked to be somewhere between a GeForce3 and GeForce4 in overall Windows 2D image quality, which is a huge leap forward compared to past NVIDIA value products. The GeForce4 Ti vs. Radeon 8500 2D image quality battle is getting tighter, but the GeForce4 MX is an impressive product in its entry-level 3D card segment. .

    nView Functionality

    One of the most pleasant surprises we had during this review is the nView functionality of the Xtasy GeForce4 MX 440. It is quite common to find video cards with dual-display support, but many times it is a real task to setup and actually use. In the case of the GeForce4 MX chip, its nView functionality is an absolute joy to use and is without a doubt the most user-friendly multi-monitor feature we've ever seen. .

    The dual-VGA output card design of the Xtasy GeForce4 MX 440 supports up to two monitors and we had a real hoot switching between clone and span modes, changing resolutions, as well a hot-swapping the VGA-out ports on the fly. Best of all, nView did not require a single reboot during the entire time, and easily handled the changes to the driver control tab. The dual 350 MHz RAMDAC units performed flawlessly in dual monitor mode and provided virtually the same 2D image quality as with a single monitor.

    One of the real keys to the GeForce4 MX architecture is the presence of an Integrated High-Definition Video Processing Engine, which incidentally, is not incorporated into the GeForce4 Ti products. This is a home entertainment innovation and provides exceptional image quality for DVD movies and other forms of digital video. There are a few other nView features not found in the GeForce4 Ti, and it makes the GeForce4 MX a more attractive option for the home entertainment/PC market.

    Page 1 Introduction
    Page 2 The GeForce4 MX 440
    Page 3 GeForce4 MX Features
    Page 4 The VisionTek Xtasy GeForce4 MX 440 Card
    Page 5 VisionTek Xtasy GeForce4 MX 440 Specifications
    Page 6 Performance and Test System
    Page 7 Quake 3:Arena Performance
    Page 8 Serious Sam & Return to Castle Wolfenstein Performance
    Page 9 3DMark 2001 and Quake 3 FSAA Performance
    Page 10 VisionTek Xtasy GeForce4 MX 440 Overclocking
  • Page 11 Benchmark, 2D Quality and nView Analysis
    Page 12 Value and Conclusion

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