eVGA GeForce2 MX Showdown
Installation - Page 2
Martini - June 20, 2001
Let's proceed to the installation process as performed by eVGA's
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
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
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that a newer version of the driver disk is shipping with purchased unit which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.
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
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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