nVidia GeForce4 MX 440 in the test: Inno3D, Gainward, Leadtek and Prolink in comparison
- 1 Foreword
- Overview of maps
- 3 The chip in detail
- 4 Test system
- 17 FSAA performance
- 19 Overclocking
- 21 Summary
The first thing we got was the Inno3D card. Packed in the smallest box of the four contenders, it showed, however, that Inno3D has long since ceased to be one of the NoName providers.
As with two of the other competitors, a very fast memory with 4ns access interval was built in, which should allow some overclocking potential, the card was very clean and there was a reasonable amount between the GPU and cooler Thermal paste, which was also well distributed.
The software came in the usual extensive bundle consisting of the self-starting driver CD with several versions of the nVidia reference driver (6.49; 12.00; 21.83 and 27.20), as well as DirectX7 and 8.1, the software DVD player WinDVD2000 in version 3.1 with 2-channel audio, known for its outstanding picture quality, and the video editing software CyberLink PowerDirectorSE at.
The package also contained a Quick Install Guide in English Her language, the useful little mouse pad already known from Inno3D, as well as a very useful S-Video cable with a length of 1.85 m for the TV-out. So you are not forced to either squeeze your computer behind the television to enjoy the TV-Out or to buy an extension cable for another € 5-10.
The second contender, and at the same time the one with the longest and most ambiguous name (GeForce4 PowerPack pro660 TV Golden Sample), is the GF4 MX440 from Gainward. Misleading because only the small Gf4MX logo on the packaging indicates that the box does not contain a full GeForce4 TI. The name sounds like a really big, full-blown accelerator card. The tests will show whether Gainward can keep what its 'Golden Sample' suffix promises.
was accompanied the card of two CDs, a very detailed quickstart guide in English, and a very short cable for connecting a television set via composite or S-video connector. The CDs are the software DVD player WinDVD, also in version 3.1 with only 2-channel sound, as well as the Gainward PowerCD from January 24th, on which, in addition to another installation guide in PDF format in German, there is also a There are a lot of useful programs, some shareware versions: Powerstrip, Acrobat Reader, 3D glasses drivers from nVidia and of course DirectX in version 8.1. In addition, there are the monitor calibration tools 3Deep and Colorific.
A little delicacy is probably the expert tool, which, in addition to various settings, also clears the way to the overclocking level guaranteed by Gainward . It is 290MHz for the chip and 220MHz (DDR) for the RAM and thus 20MHz above the specifications with which the card is delivered.
A little later, the one also spun WinFast A170 into the house. The fact that it took a little longer may be because the weight of its very massive heat sink was a bit of a hindrance for the postman.
The equipment is almost complete here. In addition to brief English instructions for installing the card and a rather detailed manual for the accompanying software WinFox, the huge, but very discreetly designed box contained an S-Video cable and an adapter to a composite including an extension cable.
The WinFast from Leadtek also includes the full versions of the action games Dronez and Gunlok for immediate paddling, as well as a full CD with drivers (Detonator 21.83 and 27.20) , Acrobat Reader, WinFastDVD (WinDVD 3.1), DirectX 8.1, 3Deep, Colorific and TrueInternetColor from e-Color, the 3D modeller Cult3D, as well as the in-house WinFox software, which offers extensive options for setting the map.
Last but not least, the Pixelview version was added unexpectedly. This was interesting for a number of reasons. On the positive side there are the included drivers for OS/2, Linux and BeOS, as well as a full version of the first-person shooting game Serious Sam.
In addition to the already well-known 3Deep software, WinDVD3.1, DirectX8.1 and Acrobat Reader also completed the software package here. On the hardware side, there were also S-Video adapters and extensions, as well as a relatively useful quick install booklet. Negative we noticed that unlikeThe three other cards ProLink saved on the RAM and only built in memory with an access time of 5ns. These run with the nominal 200MHz already at the maximum limit of their specification. Whether this has an influence on the OC properties will be shown later.
On the next page: The chip in detail