When we remove the GPU cooler to check the core we found that was nicely mounted with a good amount of thermal compound. Again, ever so slightly quicker out of the box than the Abit but it loses out when overclocked. Since the Hynix DDR memory is rated at 3. At that speed the artifact tester would start to register artifacts, even though they weren’t really visible until we pushed the memory up to MHz. They are Samsung modules like the Abit, just rated slower. So before we plow ahead with the graphs, a look at the test system.
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The game list that will require a full shader implementation in hardware will only get bigger, putting you at a disadvantage straight away. Finally in our benchmarking list, Quake3. Like the G4m4x40 review, the clocks you see here when overclocked are the maximum clocks that would loop all our test benchmarks without artifacting.
It’s simply not at quick as a full DX8 part and with the GeForce3 Ti still available for not much more money, it’s hard to recommend these cards. Since the engine was designed for cards that existed around the time of the GeForce2, the MSI should do well here. The card simply doesn’t do enough in hardware to accelerate the other 3 benchmarks to levels that we’d like to see. It’s a shame since the card is well built by MSI, looks the part and is shipped with an amazing software bundle, easily putting other manufacturers to shame.
While the Abit card featured 4. The games are Serious Sam: The card ships with no fewer than 4 full games and 6 game demos.
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As with coolbits, we also maxed out the Powerstrip slider at MHz, but unfortunately this time we didn’t have a work around for the core speed limit. Dropping resolution to x would give acceptable performance, however running that low a resolution isn’t ideal. It may be a small detail, but I g4mz440 just don’t have any faith in TIM for videocards.
Here’s a quick rundown of the formal spec. Again, ever so slightly quicker out of the box than the Abit but it loses out when overclocked.
The card doesn’t manage to scale the same heights as the Abit due to the lower overall clock and the inability to run the Nature test. The black aluminum heatsink on the other hand got extremely hot at stock, but we were still able to get a good overclock.
The memory didn’t even blip at that speed, and so we continued pushing it up g4x440 MHz at a time. The Second Encounter is our 3rd game based benchmark and we’re using the publically available demo for our benchmarks so that you can easily run the same benchmark on your hardware.
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Overall Conclusion Again, like the Abit, this card is aimed very much at the budget concious user. However given the price of the card and the rest of the feature set, we can maybe forgive a slightly under par 3DMark result.
I’m sure the card could have gone higher if it wasn’t being limited by the software, but still, an 82 MHz core and MHz memory overclock out of a budget videocard is still quite amazing! Overclocked, the MSI doesn’t do so well.
Only recommended if you are on a very strict budget. Even though this is clearly a budget videocard, I was pleased to see that MSI used a good amount of thermal paste between the G4x440 and heatsink. RTX partner cards examined. Since the Hynix DDR memory is rated at 3. It would have been nice to see some passive cooling on the memory chips but since the GeForce4 MX cards are all about performance on a budget, the lack of cooling on the chips can be overlooked.
The inclusion of TV-Out at the price point it works like a charm with good quality, especially when g44mx440 DVD’s and motion video is a very welcome bonus. The only “frill” is the on board TV-Out option which is based b4mx440 an integrated albeit unknown video codec.