VisionTek Xtasy GeForce4 MX 440 Review
By Vince Freeman :
April 19, 2002
The VisionTek Xtasy GeForce4 MX 440 Card
The VisionTek Xtasy GeForce4 MX 440 uses the standard 270 MHz core and 400 MHz memory clock speeds and includes the maximum 64-MB of DDR memory. On our review board, the memory is Hynix 5 ns DDR in a high-density 4-chip configuration. The Xtasy GeForce4 MX 440 also features dual VGA-out ports on the backplate, which makes it great for dual monitor setups. There is no S-Video or composite port for TV-out functionality.
Its physical design suggests that the Xtasy GeForce4 MX 440 is a compromise between the gaming and mainstream computing markets. The GeForce4 MX core is cooled by a basic heatsink, but with no cooling fan present. The memory also does not include heatsinks, but this is common practice with even GeForce4 Ti boards, so it's not a surprise. The Xtasy GeForce4 MX 440 itself performed admirably through rigorous testing, with nary a crash to report, so these are simply observations on the card design and hold no cooling issues. But as we'll see later on, the lack of GeForce4 MX active cooling does entail certain limitations when it comes to overclocking.
Once again, VisionTek has included only very basic hardcopy instructions, but with the exception of the nView functionality, not much more is really needed. Thankfully there is a PDF guide on the driver CD itself. VisionTek includes Cyberlink's PowerDVD as the software bundle, but there are no additional hardware extras or adapter cables. .