Manufacturers rely on nVidia's GeForce2 MX 200/400
PowerColor as well as Asus and Gigabyte are launching new cards with nVidia's GeForce2 MX 200/400 chips. PowerColor has announced 3 new graphics cards, all of which are based on the Geforce2 MX 400 graphics chip from nVidia.
One of the three cards is equipped with 64 MByte SDRAM, another also with 64 MByte SDRAM, but this is what it is a PCI version, and the third card only has 32 MByte 64Bit DDR SDRAM. The core of all cards is clocked with 200MHz and the SDRAM of the 64 MByte versions with 166MHz. The 32 MByte of the 64bit DDR SDRAM, however, is addressed with 175MHz. There will be different versions of the cards, for example with DVI, DSub and TV-Out.
The new Asus V7100Pro family is also based on the GeForce2 MX 400 chip. However, the cards from Asus only have 32 MB SDRAM, which is operated at 200 MHz. As usual, the core clock is set to 200MHz. The V7100Pro/Pure has 32 MB SDRAM and only one normal VGA output. In addition to these features, the V7100Pro/T/32MB also offers TV-Out and TwinView support. The Asus V7100Pro series includes a software bundle consisting of Asus SmartDoctor, which monitors both the fan and the AGP power level and supports the SmartCooling technology. It also offers OverHeat Protection and a dynamic overclocking option. Furthermore, a DVD software and a game will be included in the package.
As the third member of the group, Gigabyte is also bringing new graphics cards onto the market. The GF1280-32P, which is based on the GeForce2 MX 400 chip, is equipped with 32 MByte SDRAM, which works at 166MHz. The core clock is as always at 200MHz. The GF1280-32E makes use of the Geforce2 MX 200 chip, also has 32 MByte SDRAM, but the bandwidth is limited to 64Bit. The chip on this card runs at 175MHzaddressed and the memory with 166. Gigabyte will also offer a lot of choice in terms of TV-Out, DVI connection, dual VGA output and other things. TwinView is also supported.