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eVGA GeForce2 MX Showdown

Installation - Page 2

By: Jonathan Martini - June 20, 2001

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Installation

Let's proceed to the installation process as performed by eVGA's installation program.

The utility examines the motherboards AGP drivers, which are crucial for proper functioning of the graphics card on all systems,, especially those with non-Intel chips such as VIA, SiS or Ali based motherboards.

The installer sets the current display driver as a PCI graphics card as it completely removes the current drivers for your video card, reboots the computer, automatically installs the drivers for the  MX400, resets the computer once again to load up with the new drivers and voila! Installation completed. I can't imagine an easier way of installing drivers. eVGA's ADM software does everything for you.

The only lackluster point of this whole process is that the drivers that arrived with the 5.0 version of the CD are the 6.49 Detonators. Hopefully, these will be updated sometime soon to support the recently released official 12.41 drivers.

Update (June 25): I've just been informed that a newer version of the driver disk is shipping with purchased unit which includes the latest official Detonator drivers.

System Specs

We'll be examining how the GeForce2 MX400 performs when compared to it's older GeForce2 MX sibling, as well as with it's 64 meg counterpart.

The details of my system:

  • Pentium 3 550E @719MHz

  • 128 Mb of PC133 RAM

  • Abit BE6-II Motherboard

  • eVGA e-GeForce2 MX400 32 MB

  • eVGA e-GeForce2 MX400 64 MB

  • Beta Detonator Driver version 12.40

  • Sound Blaster 16

  • 4 GB Quantum

  • Windows ME

  • DirectX 8.0a

Note: I've included scores of the original GeForce2 MX to compare the level of performance of the newer MX400's with the older MX chipset. But as we gave away our original eVGA e-Geforce2 MX  in a contest a while back, I've used scores of the 32 meg e-GeForce2 MX400 clocked at 175MHz core and 166MHz memory which are the speeds of the original MX's. As there is no change between the MX and MX400's design, the score of the MX are representative of the performance of the chipset.

Onto the fun :)

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Last Updated on June 20, 2001

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