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450 PIII & GeForce 4 MX440

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April 27, 2002 9:15:33 PM

I had an earlier post looking to hook my 450 PIII with a card to replace my Voodoo 3 3000. GeForce 2 was suggested,but pricing cards I think I'd be better of w/GeForce 4 MX 440. PIII 450 mhz, 384 mb ram. Any compatability issue I need to research? I don't know what my board is, but I do know it can only be upgraded to a 550 mhz PIII processor. Thanks.

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April 27, 2002 9:19:51 PM

Stay with your Voodoo3. I doubt you'll notice a difference if you upgrade the graphics card because the processor will be holding it back.

:wink: <b><i>"A penny saved is a penny earned!"</i></b> :wink:
April 27, 2002 9:19:52 PM

Stay with your Voodoo3. I doubt you'll notice a difference if you upgrade the graphics card because the processor will be holding it back.

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April 27, 2002 10:24:49 PM

Yup it's true. I don't know much about 3DFX cards, but I know that your proc will severly limit any mid to high end card. On my PIII600E, my MX probably isn't even maxed out yet, since I can get ~600 points more in 3D Mark2001 if I put it in my P4 1.4 (on a sucky 423 pin socket grrr.....)
April 28, 2002 2:13:22 AM

Definitely upgrade....Of course you will see better performance with the same vga card on a machine w/ faster CPU....But tearin out a V3 for a Ge4mx will give you a tremendous boost. BTW, you might want to get a geforce4 ti4200, or even an ATI8500...price is comparable to that of the MX, and performance is better.
April 28, 2002 2:52:34 AM

I don't know what dope you're smoking, but it must be pretty strong. j/k :wink: Well here it is. A GF4MX440 would cost you about ~$95US and a R8500 will cost you ~$160US. That's not really ballpark to me. Then the Ti4200's MRSP are at $179US and $199US for the 64MB and 128MB respectively. They'll probably retail for around $160US though to keep them competitive. That's still a $65US difference on a $95US card. That's like 70% more expensive. If he's got the dough for that upgrade, he'd be much better off saving up a bit and then upgrading his mobo and CPU later on.
April 28, 2002 1:22:12 PM

Comparable doesnt mean ballbark......I put a Geforce3 Ti2 in a BX system w/ a P3 450 and it gained A LOT of speed. I didnt Bench back then, but Operation flashpoint was unplayable until the upgrade....after that I could play it "all on". Came up from a TNT2 Ultra. One of the selling points behind the Geforce cards is that you dont need the fastest proc to take advantage of them. Its HW T&L. It is a proc. If you want games to run faster on that sys, get a new vid card.....

<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by LED on 04/28/02 09:23 AM.</EM></FONT></P>
April 28, 2002 1:28:53 PM

I was talking about when you said the price of a Ti4200 and R8500 were comparable to the price of a GF4MX.
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