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TwinView Under Windows 2000

Mainstream Runners: 5 Allround Graphic Cards with nVIDIA's GeForce2 MX
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If you read the whole article you may have noticed that I mentioned the inability of certain drivers to run two monitors under Windows 2000. Since the successor to Windows NT is definitely capable of working with several outputs (the Millennium G450 runs fine), the problem had to be within NVIDIA's drivers. TwinView is only available for some months, since early MX-drivers did not support this feature. I was able to trace NVIDIA's driver releases back to approximately 6.31. That is also the driver version which can be found at the support page of MSI's Taiwanese website, explicitly supporting TwinView under Windows 2000 and Windows NT.

If anybody tries to use the shipped driver versions with TwinView under Windows 2000 (which can reach back to 6.18 in case of Asus or 6.27 with Leadtek and Gainward), TwinView will fail. First of all please check that you have the latest Service Pack (1) and updated drivers installed (6.31 or newer). A good place to find NVIDIA drivers is www.rivastation.com .

Conclusion

Cards with GeForce2 GTS/Pro/Ultra are certainly not affordable for everybody. ATI's Radeon is definitely quite a nice piece of hardware, but DDR boards are still too expensive and Radeon VE is only on its way to the market. TNT2 is really outdated and S3's Savage2000 not fast enough for gamers.

Even if some of you may be dissatisfied by the MX due to its use of single data rate memory, please realize that MX-cards provide good performance at a reasonable price. People who want to get a model that is just meant to stay up-to-date as long as possible should be pleased enough with an MX. Also users with limited budgets do not make a mistake by choosing an MX board and finally the performance is good enough for most games today.

The Asus AGP-V7100 is certainly the most flexible card of this review, as you can either attach an analog monitor and a DVI-I flat panel, or another analog device using the included adapter.

Cardexpert and Leadtek are selling pretty similar MX-products. Both have two monitor outputs and a TV out, which is a perfect configuration for demanding home and multimedia users right now.

Suma mainly targets the business market, as they did not equip their Platinum GeForce2 MX with a TV out. Instead of that, their SIF filter is supposed to ensure the best signal quality possible.

MSI's card does not support two monitors but comes with a TV out, which makes this card look interesting for multimedia computers.

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