VisionTek Xtasy GeForce4 MX 440 Review
By Vince Freeman :
April 19, 2002
3DMark 2001 Pro 32-bit Performance
MadOnion's 3DMark 2001 is a popular 3D benchmark tool, and one that many gamers use to compare performance results. All benchmark testing was performed in 32-bit mode, and used pure hardware T&L/DirectX support. Please note that not all of the tested cards have the hardware necessary to complete all 3DMark 2001 Pro tests, which leads to a lower score for both the GeForce4 MX 440 and GeForce2 Ti. .
Without the necessary DirectX 8 hardware, the Xtasy GeForce4 MX 440 simply can't compete on equal ground in 3DMark 2001 Pro. This demonstrates the potential performance loss when the GeForce4 MX is faced with a fully-featured DirectX 8 game. Even so, the Xtasy GeForce4 MX 440 beats out the GeForce2 Ti and actually posts some pretty impressive scores, when you take into consideration the number of actual tests it could complete.
As we saw in our benchmark testing, the Xtasy GeForce4 MX 440 can handle standard 3D games quite well, but falters when faced with a DirectX 8 application like 3DMark 2001. For our FSAA performance comparison, we're attempting to show how the GeForce4 MX 440's Accuview Anti Aliasing performs in the vast majority of current 3D games. This is an important distinction, because it can give us a true picture of basic AA performance, and without predetermining the results by introducing pixel and vertex shaders into the equation.
To demonstrate the potential HRAA performance of the Xtasy GeForce4 MX 440, we selected Quake 3 and then performed benchmarking at all AA settings using the Normal detail setting. To provide comparison scores against competitive, entry-level products, we also tested the GeForce2 Ti and GeForce3 Ti 200
The anti aliasing results are pretty standard, as we have the GeForce3 Ti 200 winning the majority of test settings. One surprise occurs at 4X FSAA, where the GeForce2 Ti inexplicably beats out the GeForce4 MX 440. Another happens with Quincunx, as the GeForce2 Ti 200 falls to the GeForce4 MX. No matter how you slice the numbers, the overall anti aliasing performance of the Xtasy GeForce4 MX 440 outstrips its relative performance in basic 3D benchmarks. It is quite obvious that in non-DirectX 8 games, Accuview Anti Aliasing helps the GeForce4 MX 440 increase its relative FSAA performance compared to the GeForce2 and GeForce3 cards.