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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

Summary

The new GeForce4MX 440 cards have already caused some discussions on the web. For some, their name, which is associated too much with DirectX-8 shaders, was too misleading, for others the performance compared to its direct predecessor, the GeForce2 Ti, was not high enough and for others, in principle, every product that comes from nVidia comes up against, a little pissed off.

Even the GeForce4MX is unable to invalidate any of these points.So it's really a little unfortunate when the term 'GeForce4' is used for such different products as the GeForce4 Ti and the GeForce4 MX. In such a case, a product name such as the Gainward GeForce4 PowerPack pro600 TV Golden Sample, which does not contain a word 'MX', although a small 'MX' logo is printed on the packaging, is particularly critical.

We do not want to speak of a sham package at this point, but a little more clarity and transparency in the product name would not harm both nVidia and some card manufacturers, in the end a disappointed customer is most likely to be in danger with to switch to the competition next time.

The performance compared to the GeForce2 Ti, even if it may be significantly higher in some tests, certainly does not justify a switch, provided you already have such a card. The graphics card market has become far too fast for that, and DirectX-8 games are just around the corner where you won't be 100% happy with both cards.

However, if you still have a card from the 2000 generation and you are If you want to add an inexpensive card that is very suitable for everyday use without the highest demands on game performance, you will certainly be satisfied with a product based on the GeForce4 MX440. It hardly matters which provider the card comes from. So-called 'nonames' have long since caught up with the brand providers and since all cards are based on reference design and reference drivers anyway, only the price and the software bundle ultimately play a role. Everyone then has to decide for themselves how many European dollars are worth to them. All in all a fair draw.

As always, our forum is responsible for questions.

Inno3D

Inno3D GeForce4 MX
  • Good 3D performance
  • cheaperPrice
  • good software bundle
  • high quality card
  • TV-out
  • cable set
  • quieter active -Cooler
  • 4ns-RAM
  • No 'correct' DirectX-8 card
  • no second monitor output
  • TV-out only with black border

Gainward

Gainward GF4 PowerPack pro600
  • Good 3D performance
  • ExperTool software
  • 'Enhanced Mode' guaranteed overclocking
  • TV-out
  • 4ns RAM
  • Misleading name
  • No 'real' DirectX8 card
  • no second monitor output
  • TV- out only with mourning bar
  • very short TV-out cables

Leadtek

Leadtek WinFast A170DDR T
  • Good 3D performance
  • TV-out
  • 4ns RAM
  • Cable set
  • 2 full version games
  • Software bundle
  • None 'r Correct 'DirectX-8 card
  • no second monitor output
  • TV-out only with black border

Prolink

Prolink GeForce4 MX
  • Good 3D performance
  • low price
  • good software bundle
  • TV-out
  • Kabel-Set
  • Quiet active cooler
  • 1 game in full version
  • No 'real' DirectX-8 card
  • no second monitor output
  • TV-out only with black border
  • only 5ns-RAM

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