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GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 440

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

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 440

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
DIRECTX VERSION v8.1

MAX PAYNE

640x480

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 44093
PALIT DAYTONA GEFORCE2 MX62
VIDEOLOGIC VIVIDXS KYRO 263

800x600

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 44091
PALIT DAYTONA GEFORCE2 MX46
VIDEOLOGIC VIVIDXS KYRO 262

1024x768

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 44080
PALIT DAYTONA GEFORCE2 MX30
VIDEOLOGIC VIVIDXS KYRO 262

2xFSAA

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 44082
PALIT DAYTONA GEFORCE2 MX36
VIDEOLOGIC VIVIDXS KYRO 262

4xFSAA

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 44055
PALIT DAYTONA GEFORCE2 MX22
VIDEOLOGIC VIVIDXS KYRO 247

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

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

Exploding Truck Demo
Normal Quality Setting
Trilinear Filtering
Fogging Enabled
Sounds Enabled
Task Switching Disabled
Triple Screen Buffers Enabled

COMMENT "This time none of the video cards reach 100fps, however Gainward GeForce4 MX 440 is performing really well and at 640x480 is 30fps faster than the other two video cards. At 1024x768 this has dropped to a 23fps lead over the Videologic VividXS Kyro2, Palit GeForce2 MX is struggling to get 30fps which IMO is barely playable. With FSAA (full scene anti-aliasing) enabled things are much closer between the Videologic VividXS Kyro 2 and Gainward GeForce4 MX 440, Palit GeForce2 MX offers poor performance with FSAA enabled."


MAX PAYNE

SOFTWARE T&L ENABLED

640x480

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 44093
PALIT DAYTONA GEFORCE2 MX67
VIDEOLOGIC VIVIDXS KYRO 263

800x600

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 44091
PALIT DAYTONA GEFORCE2 MX67
VIDEOLOGIC VIVIDXS KYRO 262

1024x768

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 44080
PALIT DAYTONA GEFORCE2 MX67
VIDEOLOGIC VIVIDXS KYRO 257

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

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

Exploding Truck Demo
Normal Quality Setting
Trilinear Filtering
Fogging Enabled
Sounds Enabled
Task Switching Disabled
Triple Screen Buffers Enabled

COMMENT "Even using software t&l Gainward GeForce4 MX 440 was able to outperform the Videologic VividXS Kyro 2 which also uses software t&l. I think this benchmark proves atleast as far as Max Payne is concerned that hardware t&l gives a large performance increase, without it Gainward GeForce4 MX 440 was badly CPU limited."


SERIOUS SAM

640x480

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 44098
PALIT DAYTONA GEFORCE2 MX75
VIDEOLOGIC VIVIDXS KYRO 283

800x600

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 44094
PALIT DAYTONA GEFORCE2 MX47
VIDEOLOGIC VIVIDXS KYRO 280

1024x768

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 44080
PALIT DAYTONA GEFORCE2 MX29
VIDEOLOGIC VIVIDXS KYRO 276

2xFSAA

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 44097
PALIT DAYTONA GEFORCE2 MX35
VIDEOLOGIC VIVIDXS KYRO 284

4xFSAA

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 44056
PALIT DAYTONA GEFORCE2 MX21
VIDEOLOGIC VIVIDXS KYRO 268

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

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

Normal Setting
UHSS Timedemo
Huge Texture Size
Detailed Textures Enabled
Huge Shadowmap Size
Standard Lens Flare
No Wait Vertical Retrace
Wide Screen Disabled

COMMENT "This is more like it, some serious competition for Gainward GeForce MX 440 with Serious Sam. For a video card with such limited specs (175mhz core and SDR memory) the Videologic VividXS Kyro 2 almost beats Gainward GeForce4 MX 440. It has been said many times that Serious Sam uses lower image quality settings when used with the Videologic VividXS Kyro2. Maybe that would explain the Videologic VividXS Kyro2 keeping up with Gainward GeForce4 MX 440, however after taking many screenshots the image quality between the Videologic VividXS Kyro2 and Gainward GeForce4 MX 440 was almost identical. The Videologic VividXS Kyro2 even managed to pull off a victory beating Gainward GeForce4 MX 440 when using 4x FSAA. Regarding Palit GeForce2 MX's performance in Serious Sam, I think it fair to call it rubbish."


CONCLUSION "The Gainward GeForce4 MX 440 is a great video card, it worked perfectly right from installation and even when overclocked didn't crash once. For current games it's performance is excellent for a sub 100 video card, however for future games the lack of pixel and vertex shaders could limit it's performance when those features are used more widely. The FSAA performance was good and I was especially impressed with the performance of Quincunx FSAA. High resolution performance was very good aided by the ample 64MB of DDR memory and the video card ran flawlessly.

GOOD POINTS

Amazing budget price approx 76 ($81) on www.pricewatch.com
Very overclockable, can hit 300mhz/450mhz without extra cooling
Solid stability with reliable performance
Good 2D, 3D and TV output image quality
Quincunx FSAA gives you FSAA without a huge performance hit
Excellent driver support BAD POINTS
Lack of pixel and vertex shaders could limit future gaming performance"

GAINWARD GEFORCE4 MX 440

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