System Setup and 3D Marks

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  • AMD Athlon XP 1700+
  • Alpha 8045 HSF
  • Epox 8KHA+ Motherboard
  • 256 MB of PC2100 (Crucial)
  • 60 gig Maxtor D740X 60GB UDMA133
  • Sparkle 400W ATX Power Supply
  • Iiyama 19″ monitor
    • Windows XP Pro
    • Detonators 27.20
    • DX 8.1
    • Via 4 in 1 Drivers 4.37v
    • PCI Latency patch

I will be comparing the GeForce 4 MX against a GeForce 3 and a GeForce 2 MX; the reason I will be throwing a GeForce 3 in the pot is to show that this card is not here to compete with the high end cards but to improve upon the old GeForce 2 MX.

All three cards were tested on the same hardware with the same drivers and updates, I did a clean install of MS Windows XP Pro between each card and I used the following settings.

  • Vertical Sync is turned off.
  • Mipmap detail level to blend.
  • Antialiasing is turned off*
  • All other settings set to default.
*Apart from during AA tests.

I did the following benchmarks to demonstrate the performance in Direct 3D and Open GL.

  • 3D Mark 2000 & 2001SE.
  • Vulpine GL.
  • GL Excess
  • Quake 3.
  • Max Payne.

I run each of the benchmarks three times in every resolution and took an average, I also rebooted between each test; I did this to minimize on any error.

3DMark®2000 is designed for DirectX®7. It tests all the latest updates in 3D gaming hardware and includes a bunch of mind-blowing demo scenes.

eVGA e-GeForce 4 MX440 Review - Graphics Cards 24

As you can see the eVGA GeForce 4 MX 440 stomps all over the older GeForce 2 MX 400 and even comes within 1029 points of the GeForce 3 in 16 bit color, but that is due to the system bottleneck that we see in this benchmark rather than the video card itself. As you can see the GeForce 2 MX did not even score at the highest resolution, that was due to the lack of memory.

3DMARK2001 Second Edition The Gamers’ Benchmark, combines DirectX®8.1 support with breathtaking graphics, and continues to accurately provide benchmark results that empower you to make informed hardware assessments.

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As we see here the story has not changed that much, and we see the gains that the eVGA card has over the GeForce 2 MX are outstanding. In every stage of the tests we see over 100% advantage, and again the GeForce 2 MX fails to score at 1600X1200. The gains we see here over the GeForce 2 MX are due mostly to the larger amount of memory and the added bandwidth that you get with DDR and the light version of the Lightspeed Memory Architecture(TM) II.

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