CAN GF2 GTS BEAT GF4 MX440??

ghettoreb

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it seems like GF4 MX440 is like the suckiest budget card ever, and it sells for like $37 on pricewatch. GF2 GTS is used in the XBox, and had stellar benchmarks when it came out. i don't think it supports DirectX 8.0, can someone doublecheck?? it sells for $34

the question is, CAN GF2 GTS BEAT GF4 MX? i'm looking for a vid card comparable to an integrated solution. perhaps one of these is for me. flame away


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david__t

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The Xbox Graphics chip was actually between a Geforce 3 Ti500 and a Ti4600 drawing from 64MB unified RAM.

You are right about the GTS but having said that I had one for ages and I only got rid of mine last year. The only game that I could not play in full detail was Colin McRae Rally 2.0 but other things like Quake 3 run fine.

Having said that I would go for the MX 440 if you want a cheap card because you are obviously not an avid games players (of graphically intensive games anyway) and at least that will give you DX 8.1 compatibility.

If you are on a tight budget and want to get the most bang for your buck I suggest getting a card from Ebay - you can get Geforce 3s for ridiculous prices now or you could get a Ti4200 cheaply perhaps.

Although the cards you mention are old (GTS) or low end (MX 440) they will still play games at a good frame rate - you will just not be able to play with full detail in 1600x1200. I would say 1024x768 in medium detail would be your best setting assuming that you have a decent CPU as well.

Maybe if you said what games you plan to play or what you want to do with your PC we could help more.

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DX 8.1 compatibility

compatability, but not much else. the MX cards are a throwback to DX7 hardware just with a few bonuses inherited from the proper GeForce 4's (Ti's)..

they're good cheap buys, but the GeForce3 is far better, and I remember at the time even Carmack gave nvidia a grilling for branding the 440mx with a "GeForce 4" seal cos it almost implied a programmable unit - which it doesn't have.

am sorry to be blunt, but for any future games playing a programmable unit is required in your 3D card :)

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I find e-bay rather expensive, try www.ebuyer.com but either way stay clear of any MX card as they asre all terrible...best bet is a cheap ti4200 or GF3Ti

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cleeve

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The Geforce2 GTS is *NOT* used in the Xbox.

The Xbox gpu is much closer to the Geforce3 in specifications and capabilities.

If you want a super-cheap card, neither of these will demonstrate a significant difference. The Geforce4 MX will probably come with 64 instead of 32 megs of RAM though, and that's good. Also, it works a little better with antialiassing.

For a casual gamer, the Geforce4 MX 440 is a little better.

But if you can find a Geforce3 or Radeon 8500/9000 for a couple bucks more, grab 'em, because you'll DEFINITELY see a huge difference.

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I believe the MX440 is nothing other than a GTS with a higher clock rate and new card BIOS.

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Those MX cards quite terrible with todays games, cant get good res out of them and they crash often. Really meant for the business world and not for gaming and graphical uses. ID just get the ti4200 and pay the little more $$$.

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Supposedly they updated it with LMA or LMA2:)
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I used to hate my Geforce4 MX (wow, it seems every on has had one) until the new card I bought broke down and I had to go back to ol' MX. I have to tell you it ain't that bad, it may not be the best on just-out 3D games but those aren't the only games on the market, and by the way, I feel that it's pretty reliable (though that fan did brake down).

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