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eVGA e-GeForce2 MX Review - Introduction

By: Jonathan Martini - October 26, 2000

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Introduction

When the GeForce2 MX was originally previewed at nV News back in June of this year, NVIDIA coined the slogan bringing transform and lighting to the masses for its low cost graphics processor. A few months later, add-in board makers, such as eVGA, are bringing hardware transform and lighting to the mainstream computer user.

The GeForce2 MX offers a variety of features, some of which are present in the more powerful GeForce2 GTS, but at a fraction of the cost. Powered by NVIDIA's second generation hardware transform and lighting processor, and new features such as TwinView, the GeForce2 MX is changing the way consumers look at mainstream video cards.

eVGA markets their GeForce 2 MX under the brand name e-GeForce 2 MX and offers the following configurations:

Today, we take a look at the e-GeForce2 MX.

Why eVGA?

eVGA was founded by Andrew Han and Keith Rochford on July 16th, 1999 and is a member of NVIDIA's Select Builder Program. Riva 3D recently interviewed Andrew and this is what he had to say about why eVGA is different from other video card manufacturers:

eVGA is a consumer driven company. We want consumers to know that they are being listened to, and are most important to us. This gives us the opportunity to provide the necessary information to the manufacturer to keep the consumer happy. For example, when our MX card was first being sold, we discovered that many of the boards had slower RAM than they were supposed to, so we replaced all those boards that consumers had already purchased

We're also sharing resources, which allows users to have a much better experience with eVGA cards. We only use NVIDIA reference designs and drivers, but we build in features in the installer. Our installer automatically detects the operating system and installs the proper drivers and features for that OS. We will also be building in an autodetect for the motherboard chipset which will install all the right AGP miniport drivers, etc., to make the card work correctly from the beginning. Next month we will have our motherboard testing lab running where we can test our cards on all motherboards and have our installer do all the things needed to have eVGA cards work on every motherboard.

We also have an online tutorial, forums, and real-time inventory at our web site. We want to always keep the user needs as our main focus.

Similar to NVIDIA's chipsets, eVGA offers graphics cards which are targeted towards a variety of users. From the best-bang-for-the-buck GeForce2 MX to the very expensive, and outrageously powerful GeForce2 Ultra.

GeForce2 MX Features

Many of our readers already know that the GeForce2 MX is aimed at the budget minded individual. But does that mean that it can't have any new features? On the contrary. This GeForce2 MX supports two features which are not found in any other GeForce or GeForce2 based graphics cards - Digital Vibrance Control and TwinView.

Digital Vibrance Control

Digital Vibrance Contol offers the user the ability to fine tune the display based on lighting conditions. The amount of digital vibrance is controlled by four settings: off, low, medium, and high. These settings are applicable to all visuals including images, 2D, 3D, and video.

Digital Vibrance Control

TwinView brings dual display capability to the GeForce2 MX. A variety of features are supported including independent displays, display cloning, zooming of documents on either display, virtual desktop, and hotkey support for instant mode changes.

TwinView Controls

The eVGA Difference

We've all seen the comparisons between GeForce2 MX cards. The majority of them are based on NVIDIA's reference design and what can I say, but they've designed one hell of a card! So what sets the price of these cards apart, which are going for around $100 without TwinView or TV-Out, from well known manufacturers such as Asus and Creative Labs? For one it's the packaging.

The card comes in a no frills OEM brown box and frankly I didn't mind. I'd rather save some coin than have a spiffy glossy oversized box collecting dust in the closet. But for those of you that enjoy that glitzy box, eVGA does offer a more expensive retail version that includes Power DVD as well as a few game demos.

Here's what I received:

which includes:

  • eVGA e-GeForce2 MX (reference design)
  • Installation Manual
  • Driver CD
  • Power DVD v2.55

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Last Updated on Octpber 26, 2000

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