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Gainward's MX400: Serious Competition For The GeForce2 GTS?
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System Information
CPU Intel Pentium III 866 MHz
Motherboard Asus CUSL2, BIOS 1006a
Memory Crucial PC133 CAS2
setting 2-2-2-5/7
Network 3Com Etherlink 3C905TX
Hard Drive IBM DTLA 307030, 7200 rpm, 30 GB
Software
Operating System Windows 98 SE 4.10.2222 A
DirectX Version 8.0a
Quake 3 Arena Retail version
command line = +set cd_nocd 1 +set s_initsound 0
Mercedes Benz Truck Racing Default Features
3DMark 2001 Downloadable Version
Aquamark 2.1 FSAA Disabled
24 MB Textures
Pixelshader: Off
BAPCo SYSmark 2000 Patch 5

Benchmarks

Quake III Arena

Quake III remains one of the most important benchmarks, even though the graphics engine will soon be outdated. At 640x480, the GeForce2 GTS is slightly slower than the two MX boards (4 ns and 3.5 ns). At such a low resolution with its low bandwidth requirements, the core clock speeds of the two MX models (240 and 250 MHz) seem to make a bit of a difference.

At 800x600, Gainward is able to realize its ambitions, and the 3.5 ns board proves itself a GeForce2 GTS killer. At 260 MHz memory speed, the board is as fast as the GTS. However, at 1024x768 and above, the memory bandwidth of the MX cards is clearly not enough to let them keep pace with the GeForce2 GTS at 333 MHz (166 MHz DDR).

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