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nVidia GeForce4 MX 440 in the test: Inno3D, Gainward, Leadtek and Prolink in comparison

nVidia GeForce4 MX 440 in the test: Inno3D, Gainward, Leadtek and Prolink in comparison

Overclocking

Operating computer hardware outside of the specification has become increasingly popular, especially recently. We cannot and do not want to withdraw from this pleasure, as a higher resolution can often be made playable, or the purchase of new hardware can be postponed for a while.

However, you should be aware that you will lose the guarantee on the productcan, if it still exists. To do this, however, the manufacturer must first prove whether the product has actually been overclocked.

An exception in our case is the Gainward card. It is delivered from the factory with the same frequencies as the competition, 270MHz clock rate for the GPU and 200MHz (DDR) for the memory, but Gainward also offers a second operating mode via ExpertTools, in which the card runs at 290/440MHz, i.e. each 20MHz above the regular clock.

If you want to be on the safe side, you can take advantage of this guarantee. However, we wanted to know and pushed all cards to their maximum.

Here, the Prolink Pixelview was, as expected, in last place in terms of the memory clock rate. Thanks to its 5ns RAM, it still achieves a respectable 465MHz memory clock. The three other candidates agreed in unison to run absolutely stable up to 492MHz, but also to produce small but annoying artifacts (from 493MHz). This seems to indicate a limitation of the design of the GeForce4 MX440, otherwise the coincidence would be really extraordinary.

The chip clock gave us a more differentiated picture, but here too all candidates easily managed the hurdle of the safe one given by Gainward Overclocking. So we were able to operate the Gainward stably with 325MHz chip clock, with the Leadtek it was a whole 3MHz more, i.e. 328MHz, the Inno3D managed 315MHz and, absolutely surprisingly, the Prolink card won with a clear gap and 344MHz. Only two MHz more, and the OC tool integrated in the drivers would no longer have been sufficient.

3DMark2001 SE OC

Here are the results, first of all, as always the 3DMark2001 SE:

OC 3DMark2001 SE

In the lower 1024The Prolink still scores with resolution with its high chip clock, then the speed of the RAM increasingly determines the image and the differences become even more marginal than they already were.

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