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GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 440

"Gainward GeForce4 MX 440 tested against the Palit Daytona GeForce2 MX and the Videologic VividXS Kyro 2. Software used was:- Quake 3, Max Payne and Serious Sam."

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 440

The Gainward GeForce4 video cards offer the most advanced 3D technology. Featuring Gainward's High-performance/Wide-Bandwidth TM hardware design specially developed to take the most advantage of the ultra fast memory. Another important key feature of Gainward GeForce4 PowerPack! Pro series are its High-Definition Video Processor, which enables a variety of crystal-clear HDTV solutions when combined with a mainstream CPU and a low-cost DTV receiver.

Hardware Specifications:-

nVIDIA GeForce4 MX 440 chipset running at 270mhz.
64MB 4ns DDR memory running at 400mhz.
nVIDIA nVIEW TM Display Technology provides flexibility an control for using multiple displays
Lightspeed Memory TM Architecture (LMA) II increases memory bandwidth.
Accuview TM Antialiasing delivers unbeatable visual quality and frames rates.
Video Processing Engine (VPE) enables the highest-quality HDTV and DVD output.
Integrated hardware transform and lighting engine.
Integrated 32-bit color and 32-bit Z/Stencil Buffer.
Integrated Cube environment mapping, and true reflective bump mapping.
Multibuffering (double, triple, quadruple) for smooth animation and video playback.

Integrated Dual 350MHz DACs and Dual Channel TMDS Transmitters. Driving dual independent displays with crisp and clear image quality at 2048x1536 resolution at 75MHz and enabling two independent Digital Flat Panels (DFP) displays at resolutions up to 1280x1024.

Include Gainward's ExperTool TM utility for customized performance enhancements and efficient desktop management. Performance enhanced ,accelerated software drivers for all major operation systems and APIs.

Video-out support (NTSC/PAL). It can providing TV-out functionality upto 1024x768 resolutions.

EXPERTool TM Performance Tuning Utility

EXPERTool TM is Gainward's performance tuning utility that allows the user to easily adjust the engine clock and memory clock of any Gainward product from nVIDIA's recommended default settings to even higher settings. Gainward offers the end user the choice to either run the board in "Safe Mode Setting" or at "Enhanced Setting" ("Golden Sample" products only, featuring a more stable design with faster memory) which offer enhanced real-world 3D performance for higher resolution. Performance turning is the most commonly used method among the ultimate power gamers to extract the utmost performance out of a high quality 3D graphics card.

API SUPPORT

DirectDraw,Direct3D,DirectVideo
DirectX 8.1
Open GL ICD for Windows 95/98/2000/XP/NT

OS SUPPORT

Windows 95/98/ME/2000/XP/NT

REFRESH RATE TABLE

256 Color 16 Bit Color 32 Bit Color
640x480 60-240Hz 60-240Hz 60-240Hz
800x600 60-240Hz 60-240Hz 60-240Hz
1024x768 60-240Hz 60-240Hz 60-200Hz
1152x864 60-200Hz 60-200Hz 60-170Hz
1280x960 60-170Hz 60-170Hz 60-150Hz
1280x1024 60-170Hz 60-170Hz 60-150Hz
1600x900 60-150Hz 60-150Hz 60-120Hz
1600x1200 60-120Hz 60-120Hz 60-100Hz
1920x1080 60-100Hz 60-100Hz 60-85Hz
1920x1200 60-100Hz 60-100Hz 60-85Hz
1920x1440 60-85Hz 60-85Hz 60-75Hz
2048x1536 60-75Hz 60-75Hz 60Hz

NAME CODENAME TECHNOLOGY GPU SPEED MEM SPEED BANDWIDTH
GeForce4 MX460 NV170 0.15 micron 300Mhz 550MHz DDR 8.8GB/s
GeForce4 MX 440 NV171 0.15 micron 275Mhz 400MHz DDR 6.4GB/s
GeForce4 MX420 NV172 0.15 micron 225Mhz 166MHz SDR 2.7GB/s

GENERAL SYSTEM INFORMATION

VIDEO CARD GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 440
PALIT DAYTONA GEFORCE2 MX 32MB AGP
VIDEOLOGIC VIVID XS KYRO 2
NVIDIA DRIVER DETONATOR v28.32
POWERVR DRIVER v1.04.14.0028
PROCESSOR AMD ATHLON 1.3 GHZ
MOTHERBOARD JETWAY 663AS PRO
MEMORY 256MB SAMSUNG PC133 SDRAM
OPERATING SYSTEM WINDOWS 98 SE
DIRECTX VERSION v8.1

QUAKE 3

FASTEST

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 440142
PALIT DAYTONA GEFORCE2 MX123
VIDEOLOGIC VIVIDXS KYRO 2115

NORMAL

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 440133
PALIT DAYTONA GEFORCE2 MX103
VIDEOLOGIC VIVIDXS KYRO 2107

HIGH QUALITY

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 440129
PALIT DAYTONA GEFORCE2 MX70
VIDEOLOGIC VIVIDXS KYRO 2100

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 440 PALIT DAYTONA GEFORCE2 MX
VIDEOLOGIC VIVIDXS KYRO 2

COMMENT "I think this benchmark pretty much speaks for itself, all of the video cards except for the Palit GeForce2 MX were able to deliver atleast 100fps using all 3 of the tests."

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

Default GLdriver
GL Extensions on
Fullscreen on
Demo001 Benchmark

FASTEST QUALITY

512x384 Video Mode
16Bit Colour Depth
16Bit Texture Quality
Vertex Lighting
Geometic Detail Low
Texture Detail 50%
Bilinear Texture Filtering

NORMAL QUALITY

640x480 Video Mode
16Bit Colour Depth
16Bit Texture Quality
Lightmap Lighting
Geometic Detail Medium
Texture Detail 75%
Bilinear Texture Filtering

HIGH QUALITY

800x600 Video Mode
32Bit Colour Depth
32Bit Texture Quality
Lightmap Lighting
High Geometic Detail
Full Texture Detail
Trilinear Texture Filtering

QUAKE 3

640x480

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 440116
PALIT DAYTONA GEFORCE2 MX95
VIDEOLOGIC VIVIDXS KYRO 2107

800x600

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 440116
PALIT DAYTONA GEFORCE2 MX70
VIDEOLOGIC VIVIDXS KYRO 2100

1024x768

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 440112
PALIT DAYTONA GEFORCE2 MX45
VIDEOLOGIC VIVIDXS KYRO 271

2xFSAA

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 440115
PALIT DAYTONA GEFORCE2 MX48
VIDEOLOGIC VIVIDXS KYRO 295

4xFSAA

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 44097
PALIT DAYTONA GEFORCE2 MX31
VIDEOLOGIC VIVIDXS KYRO 250

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 440 PALIT DAYTONA GEFORCE2 MX
VIDEOLOGIC VIVIDXS KYRO 2

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

Default GLdriver
GL Extensions on
Fullscreen on
Four.dm68 Benchmark

HIGH QUALITY

32Bit Colour Depth
32Bit Texture Quality
Lightmap Lighting
High Geometic Detail
Full Texture Detail
Trilinear Texture Filtering

COMMENT "This benchmark shows the true performance of the Gainward GeForce4 MX 440, you will see that in only one of the benchmarks does it's performance drop below 100fps. What surprised me the most was the Gainward GeForce4 MX 440 getting an advantage of 47fps over the Videologic VividXS Kyro2 at 4x FSAA. The Gainward GeForce4 MX 440 also performed well at 1024x768 getting 112fps, if you look at the benchmark above you will see that both the Palit GeForce2 MX and Videologic VividXS Kyro2 didn't even get 112fps at 640x480. With this benchmark we see the advantages of DDR memory, hardware texture and lighting and the Lightspeed Memory Architecture of the Gainward GeForce MX 440."


QUAKE 3

BILINEAR

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 440131
PALIT DAYTONA GEFORCE2 MX68
VIDEOLOGIC VIVIDXS KYRO 2119

TRILINEAR

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 440131
PALIT DAYTONA GEFORCE2 MX67
VIDEOLOGIC VIVIDXS KYRO 2100

ANISOTROPIC

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 440129
PALIT DAYTONA GEFORCE2 MX67
VIDEOLOGIC VIVIDXS KYRO 241

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 440 PALIT DAYTONA GEFORCE2 MX
VIDEOLOGIC VIVIDXS KYRO 2

COMMENT "The performance hit when using the various texture filtering methods is small with the Palit GeForce2 MX and the Gainward GeForce4 MX 440. However as shown in an earlier review the Videologic VividXS Kyro2 takes a large performance hit when using trilinear filtering and then a huge performance hit using anisotropic filtering. Whether this is a side effect of tile based rendering or a driver issue is unknown. However there are ways around the sudden performance loss when using trilinear filtering and the Videologic VividXS Kyro2, you just enable texture compression. The Videologic VividXS Kyro2 will then use a much faster form of texture filtering which is sometimes called fast trilinear. However there is no such thing as free performance and the texture quality is reduced to bilinear standard filtering."

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

Default GLdriver
GL Extensions on
Fullscreen on
Four.dm68 Benchmark

HIGH QUALITY

800x600 Video Mode
32Bit Colour Depth
32Bit Texture Quality
Lightmap Lighting
High Geometic Detail
Full Texture Detail

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 440

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