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Gainward's MX400: Serious Competition For The GeForce2 GTS?

Test Setup

System Information
CPUIntel Pentium III 866 MHz
MotherboardAsus CUSL2, BIOS 1006a
MemoryCrucial PC133 CAS2setting 2-2-2-5/7
Network3Com Etherlink 3C905TX
Hard DriveIBM DTLA 307030, 7200 rpm, 30 GB
Operating SystemWindows 98 SE 4.10.2222 A
DirectX Version8.0a
Quake 3 ArenaRetail versioncommand line = +set cd_nocd 1 +set s_initsound 0
Mercedes Benz Truck RacingDefault Features
3DMark 2001Downloadable Version
Aquamark 2.1FSAA Disabled24 MB TexturesPixelshader: Off
BAPCo SYSmark 2000Patch 5


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Quake III remains one of the most important benchmarks, even though the graphics engine will soon be outdated.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).