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

    Performance

    In compiling the initial benchmarks for the Xtasy GeForce4 MX 440, it became apparent that this product is positioned quite uniquely. It easily surpasses both NVIDIA GeForce2 MX and ATI Radeon 7500 value boards, while still falling short of the GeForce3 Ti 500 and Radeon 8500. As for the ultra-powerful GeForce4 Ti 4600, let's not even go there. The real price-performance competition comes from the GeForce2 Ti and GeForce3 Ti 200, which we have included in the benchmark comparison. Also present are GeForce3 Ti 500, Radeon 8500 (64-MB) and Radeon 8500LE (128-MB) results, just for a closer look at the overall performance differential.

    Our reference platform is the Pentium 4-2.2 GHz combined with an Intel 845D motherboard. This combination not only ensures high CPU performance, but also allows an opportunity to examine potential video card speed on this popular Pentium 4 DDR configuration.

    For game benchmarks we've included the old favorites, as well as updating our selection with a couple of new ones. Test benchmarks include Quake 3: Arena, 3DMark 2001 Pro, Serious Sam 2 and Return to Castle Wolfenstein. We're also featuring HRAA Quincunx and 4X/2X benchmarks, using the GeForce4 MX 440, GeForce2 Ti and GeForce3 Ti 200 as the comparison base.

    Test System

    General Settings
    Desktop Resolution: 1024x768
    Color Depth: 16-bit
    V-Sync: Disabled

    Processor: 2.2 GHz Intel Pentium 4 (mPGA 478)
    Memory: 256 MB PC2400 DIMM
    Motherboard: Intel D845BG
    Motherboard chip set: Intel 845D
    NVIDIA reference drivers: 27.50
    ATI Reference Drivers: 7.66
    Hard-Drive: IBM 30GB Deskstar 7200RPM DMA/100
    IDE Interface: Ultra ATA/100
    Sound: Creative Labs Sound Blaster Live
    CD/DVD: Panasonic 40X CD-ROM
    Power Supply: Sparkle 400 Watt
    Operating System: Windows XP Pro

    Video Cards:
    VisionTek Xtasy GeForce4 MX 440
    VisionTek Xtasy GeForce2 Ti
    Hercules 3D Prophet III Ti 200 GeForce3 Ti 200
    VisionTek Xtasy 6564 GeForce3 Ti 500
    ATI Radeon 8500LE 128-MB
    ATI Radeon 8500 64-MB

    Quake III Arena Test Specifics
    Version: 1.30 (retail)
    V-Sync: Disabled
    Sound Disabled
    Video Modes Tested:
    Normal: Defaults, 16-bit
    High Quality: Defaults
    Max: High Quality Defaults, Geometric Detail: Max, Texture Detail: Max

    Return to Castle Wolfenstein Specifics:
    Version 1.0
    Normal and HQ Defaults
    Checkpoint MP demo

    Serious Sam: The Second Encounter Specifics:
    Version 1.05
    Elephant Atrium demo

    3DMark 2001 Pro Specifics
    : Version 1.0


    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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