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GF4 MX440 Vs GF2 MX400

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March 25, 2003 1:05:59 PM

O.k, this might sound like a bit of a stupid question, but I need an opinon. My local computer shop is selling generic 64Mb Geforce 2 MX400 and generic 64Mb Geforce4 MX440 SDR cards for roughly the same price (~£4 more for the GF4 I think), and I'm trying to decide which one to get.

At first, I would've gone straight for the GF4, since a low end Geforce 4 has to be better than a low end Geforce 2, right? The thing is, a friend of mine has built a few systems for people lately with the GF4s in, but owns the GF2 himself, and his system outperforms similar ones with the GF4 by about 1000 3Dmark points. I've read a few reviews too, and they put the GF4 above the GF2, as I'd expected, even on 3dmark points.

Are these systems just unusual, or will the Geforce 2 make my system perform better?

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March 25, 2003 2:08:26 PM

I would save the money for now, get youself a Geforce 4 Ti 4200 or a Radeon 9500. If it takes you a few weeks to save the cash, you will pat yourself on the back later. If you dive in and buy a real low end card (as I have done before) you will end up wanting to replace it in a year or less as better games come out.

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March 25, 2003 5:22:36 PM

i second lonemagi's opinion. i have the GF4 MX 440, which of course is a better performer than the GF2 MX 400. i bot the GF4 MX440 about 4 months back and i am already thinking of upgrading to a 128MB GF4 Ti series or the ATI Radeon 9xxx series. i feel soo stoopid to upgrade so soon.
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March 25, 2003 6:42:28 PM

Try to steer clear of any MX series card. They're designed for the very casual gamer. If solitaire and Majhong is your thing go for it.

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March 25, 2003 6:49:15 PM

GOD DAMNIT, RUN AWAY AND DONT LOOK BACK.

You see both those cards are utter and complete waste of time and money, not to mention horse [-peep-]. I personally beat the crap out of anyone I find owning either of those cards. You have been warned, have a good day.

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March 26, 2003 1:53:24 AM

If you want a card that you can pay for now, get the radeon 8500. That should be about the same price as a g4 mx440
March 26, 2003 2:54:27 AM

Once again, you could go with these cards. I had a PNY Geforce 2 mx 400, and it did me well for a while. It was an upgrade to my PCI Voodoo3 3000. A year and a half after spending $100 on the MX card, I bought a used Radeon 8500le 64mb on ebay for $80. Not a bad card, but still would get hung up on some things with too much eye candy turned on. So I decided to go for broke, and bought a 9700 Pro. I figure this will power games for a few years more than any of the cheaper cards I could buy now, and I pay once now what I would pay repeatedly in buying new cheap cards.

Go for one that will compliment not only the computer you put it in, but as well as your wallet. If you dont want pixel shaders and high quality lighting and shadows, and you play the occasional game of counterstrike and maybe UT2003 here and there, a Geforce 2 MX 400 or GF4 MX 440 will do those OK. but future games will most likley suffer ( Think <font color=red>Doom ]l[</font color=red> )

It comes down to just a few things. Invest now for the future, or pay constantly for just good for now.

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March 26, 2003 3:29:13 AM

The MX440 is faster than the MX400.

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March 27, 2003 12:25:16 AM

According to official specs, GF4 MX440SE shuld have 128 bit DDR memory (5.4 GB/s memory bandwidth). But many card manufacturers use 128 bit SDR, that cuts the bandwidth to half, and makes it MX420

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March 27, 2003 3:07:36 AM

mx440 is over twice as fast as mx400


BUT, mx440 is still a HELL of alot slower than a 8500le that you can get for cheaper


and 9500pro is only a bit more, and many times faster
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