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I am using a PNY GeForce4 MX440 to compare against this card, mainly because it’s probably right what is in ATI’s targets. I don’t personally think the MX440 stands a chance, but it’s nice to see the benchmarks anyway. I am also comparing it to my own personal Visiontek GeForce3 Ti200, which is an accurate representation of a DirectX 8 compliant card.
I’m using my own personal system to benchmark everything—it has been freshly formatted with Windows 2000 and the latest official drivers for each card are installed. I know a lot of you have been clamoring about the NVIDIA Detonator 40 drivers but the drivers are still in beta testing therefore I found it inappropriate to use beta drivers for a video card review.
Since I run my CPU overclocked all the time, and I’m sure many of you also do, I turned up the CPU to the max. This should also give a good reflection of how these cards will perform once AMD moves to the 333MHZ bus.
- AMD Athlon XP 1600+ @ 166MHz FSB (1743MHz)
- 512MB Crucial PC2100
- Epox 8KHA+
- 80GB Western Digital Special Edition
- Envision 19” Flat
- ATI Catalyst 2.2 drivers
- NVIDIA Detonator 30.82 drivers
I’ve tried to choose a good selection of modern-day and future benchmarks to use, as well as the golden oldies like Quake 3, and of course 3DMark2001 SE.
- Quake III: Arena
- Wolfenstein MP Test
- Jedi Knight II
- Serious Sam: Second Encounter
- Code Creatures
- 3D Mark 2001: SE Build 330