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Geforce3 64MB versus Geforce4 MX440 128MB

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March 5, 2003 12:00:21 PM

I guess the heading says it all...

I'm currently deciding between a Geforce364MB(vanilla, not a Ti)and a Geforce4 MX440 128MB. Which one'll be better for serious gaming?
March 5, 2003 2:47:15 PM

never buy an MX, never ever ever ever buy one. I will personally slap you if you do. Buy the geforce3.

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March 5, 2003 3:51:31 PM

I agree, the gf3 should own that silly mx in games if thats your cuppa tea.
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March 5, 2003 6:14:17 PM

The GeForce 3 will crush that upstart MX under it's boot and piss on the remains.

If you hadn't guessed, the GF3 is by FAR the better of the 2.
March 5, 2003 11:24:06 PM

OK.... Just curious, then... So what's with the 128MB on the MX440? What difference will that make versus the 64MB on the Geforce3??
March 5, 2003 11:54:35 PM

First of all, you need to stop rating a card by MB vs MB.

Then I'm saying why GeForce3 will be superior.

1) It's DirectX 8 compliant, has pixel and vetrex shader. Pixel shader will result in better visual effects and vertrex shader will minimize CPU usage. GeForce4 MX440 has none of them, so it's not DX8 compliant

2) GeForce4 MX440's fillrate is very poor. GeForce3 has better fillrate, so it will do better in higher resolutions.

3) GeForce3 is faster (fps wise) than GeForce4 MX440 in every gaming benchmark.

4) GeForce3 will be able to run 3 game tests in new 3DMark2003, and GeForce4 MX440 will be able to run only one game test, this shows technically how bad GeForce4 MX is. This is one reason of nVidia's bad words about 3DMark2003

4) 128 MB will make 0% difference in games with a GeForce4 MX440

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March 6, 2003 7:39:28 AM

Couldn't have put it better myself. Well said!
March 6, 2003 7:42:44 AM

As Spitfire has so eloquently put it, this card is just trading under the GF4 banner and dresses itself up by having 128MB. If the architecture isn't in place, then all the RAM in the world isn't gonna do jack....

I've said it before and I'll say it again... You can put lipstick on a pig, but hey, it's still a pig!
March 6, 2003 12:14:50 PM

Much obliged for all the advice... Thanks! =)
March 6, 2003 12:45:08 PM

Heh... Oh yeah... One more thing... Could you guys double-check my procedure for installing the new card? Pretty paranoid about screwing up my PC! =Þ

1. Switch to Standard Display Adapter (VGA)
[or Standard PCI Display Adapter (VGA)?]
2. Get rid of old drivers (DetonatorDestroyer?)
3. Insert new graphics card (and take the old one out!)
4. Install new drivers
5. Keep fingers crossed (Plug 'n Pray, after all...)

Did I get that right?
March 6, 2003 1:01:31 PM

That's just about right! Not a bad practice to get into.

Although in step 3 I'd take the old card out <i>before</i> putting in the new one! Could get crowded!
March 6, 2003 1:53:25 PM

I'm honoured you used it!
March 6, 2003 8:16:34 PM

I have a Gf3 and it has been a very good card. However, it is starting to show its age now. On new games you will not be able to turn on FSAA or ansiotropic filtering and still get good detail levels. I know this is a very general statement, but for the mostpart its true. But what these guys said was absolutly true about the GF4 MX...I have no clue why Nvidia even bothered with these cards.

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March 9, 2003 1:02:51 AM

Buy the GF3 quick smart, there rare as hell and in demand.
Get the TI if you can.

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