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NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 440 Experiences
By: Jonathan Martini - April 9, 2002

GeForce4 MX 440

Today we will examine the mid-level GeForce4 MX chip; the 440. Launched with an initial price of ??? the GeForce4 MX 440 is currently available for just over 80 dollars. At the price of two new PC games, the GeForce4 MX 440 is priced to fly off the store shelves.

GeForce4 MX 460 GeForce4 MX 440 GeForce4 MX 420
Core/Memory Speed 300/550 270/400 250/166
Max Memory Amount 64MB 64MB 64MB
Fill Rate 1.2 Billion Texels/Sec. 1.1 Billion Texels/Sec. 1 Billion Texels/Sec.
Memory Bandwidth 8.8GB/Sec. 6.4 GB/Sec. 2.7GB/Sec.

nView

I have been on the lookout for more multi-monitor supporting capabilities since my first foray into that realm with my review of eVGAís e-GeForce2 MX TwinView Plus. TwinView was a very limited form of multi-monitor support as it was pretty limited to clone mode, where both screen displaying identical outputs, and extended mode, where the desktop is spread across both monitors providing much more desktop space. Unfortunately, the TwinView feature was only featured in the GeForce2 MX lineup, which werenít renowned for their great gaming performance. Many as well as myself found it odd that NVIDIA didnít incorporate itís TwinView technology into the much-anticipated GeForce3, leaving those looking for high-end performance with multiple monitor solution to look for other ways to satisfy their needs. NVIDIA set out to right its wrongs with the GeForce4 lineup as both versions of it support multiple monitor display in the form of nView.

nView incorporates all the features of TwinView as well as adding a new vertical spread option allowing displays to be stacked instead of being placed side-by-side. nView also incorporates a number of new features that Iíve yet to delve into much. Transparent windows are one of the cool new additions Iíve toyed with. This little feature will allows users to see whatís lurking behind the window theyíve selected. I think itís great for getting around cluttered desktops.

PIC

The Multiple Desktop feature can store up to 32 different desktop layouts to suite your every mood. I have a setup for just about every use of my computer; from gaming, to chatting, to surfing and finally to get some work done. J I could also do this with the users feature in Windows XP, but this is a breakthrough for other windows versions.

Game PCís preview of the GeForce4 delves into an interesting yet fairly unmentioned feature; OpenGL/ Direct3D multi-monitor support. Widescreen TVs are all the fuss, but Quake 3 or Serious Sam II spread across two screens must be awesome. Iíve yet to test this feature as testing this with a TV just wouldnít do. I will update this section of the review once I do.

Integrated Extras

The GeForce4 MX has a unique feature, an integrated video processing engine which is incorporates an MPEG2 decoder to reduce CPU utilization for DVD playback as well as an incorporated TV-tuner. The incorporated TV-tuner allows every GeForce4 MX to be able to display to a TV without the need of an additional on-board chip. TV-out is obviously only available provided the manufacturer has placed an output on the card, but Iíve yet to see a GeForec4 MX without this feature!

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Last Updated on April 9, 2002

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