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eVGA e-GeForce2 MX TwinView Plus Review

By: Jonathan Martini - January 24, 2001

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Introduction

The GeForce2 MX has had quite a successful history as far as chipsets go and began it's life as the GeForce2 on a budget. That phrase represents a common theme in many GeForce2 MX reviews and has been embraced by those looking to upgrade to a performance video card without shelling out much coin.

eVGA has become quite the contender when looking at the GeForce2 MX as they offer four different configurations to satisfy the varying needs of any consumer. This time around we'll examine the e-GeForce2 MX TwinView Plus model of the card, which is one of two models supporting dual monitors (the other being the Pro model which adds LCD support).

As we've already examined the eVGA e-GeForce2 MX, we'll be taking a look at the new features that TwinView, a feature unique to the GeForce2 MX, has brought.

The eVGA Difference

eVGA is a newly formed company striving to set itself apart from  other lesser known NVIDIA based video card manufacturers. A typical method to market a product that is fairly common is to sell a superior, or identical version, at a lower retail price. In their efforts to cut spending, without sacrificing the all mighty quality feature, eVGA has been using a no frills box design.

We have since learned that eVGA has greatly improved the box design without adding any additional cost for the customer. The new designs are definitely more appealing than the generic one I received and portrays eVGA's commitment to NVIDIA products as their slogan Powered by NVIDIA is located at the forefront of the box.

Here's a list of the items I received from eVGA:

which includes:

  • eVGA GeForce2 MX TwinView Plus

  • Installation Manual

  • TwinView features guide

  • 2 Driver CD's

  • DVI-to-VGA converter

  • Several feet of S-Video Cable

eVGA has also revamped the software included with the TwinView package. The package I received consisted of two CDs - one for drivers and a second with utilities. The new software consists of only one CD, which has both the drivers and utilities, and includes a user friendly installation process.

The Card

Upon closer examination of the card, I noticed that I received a sample with the fabled 5.5ns rated SDRAM memory chips.

The eVGA GeForce2 MX TwinView Plus is based on NVIDIA's reference design which consists of four 8MB units of 6ns rated SDRAM. However, eVGA has offered many of their cards with the 5.5ns rated memory which operates at a clockspeed of 183MHz. This can provide an increase in performance of around 5% compared to the default speed of 166 MHz.

While many eVGA customers have received cards with 5.5ns rated memory, eVGA does not guarantee that you will get one as they follow NVIDIA's recommendation of using 6ns rated memory. eVGA provides 6ns rated memory or better on all their GeForce2 MX based cards.

DVI out

You may have noticed that I listed a DVI-to-VGA converter in the list of items I received with this card. Although this particular model has a DVI-out, it's not capable of supporting DVI screens like the Pro model.

The addition of the converter (along with the TwinView feature of the GeForce2 MX chip) provides support for a second analog monitor. While the use of a second VGA-out would have been more attractive, this setup works very well.

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Last Updated on January 24, 2001

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