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GeForce2 At Its Best: 6 Affordable Graphics Cards with nVIDIA's MX

Suma Platinum GeForce2 MX 400

Memory Size: 32 MB

Memory Speed: 5.5 ns

It has only been two weeks since we reviewed the GeForce2 MX400 chip . At that time, Suma was the first company to send us their final board for review. This time, we take a closer look at their card, rather than just the graphics chip. Just as the ABIT card, the Platinum is designed for TV-out, but the version we received does not feature it.

Suma's Platinum series differs visually from the others with its black PCB and golden slot cover and heat sink. ABIT also has a black board, but they only used a standard heat sink. The Suma board comes with an active fan which allowed us to run the chip at up to 230 MHz. Of course this alone won't boost performance as long as the memory bandwidth remains low. On this card, there are only 5.5 ns chips, where faster chips would give you more room for overclocking. We got the memory running to only 200 MHz. At 205 MHz, there were some dropouts. Inside the nice plastic box there is a driver CD, a comprehensive manual and a quick installation guide which makes the installation of this card rather foolproof.