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eVGA GeForce 4 MX440 Review

Posted: May 9th, 2002
Written by: Tuan Huynh

The Test

In 3D Mark 2001 SE, the GF4 MX440 only falls behind the Ti200 128MB by 17%. Considering thereís a 21% price difference between the two cards, the performance on the eVGA GeForce 4 MX440 isnít too shabby. Even without the DX8 features, the MX440 is still able to keep up.

When it comes to Quake 3 Arena, the lower the resolution, the better the MX440 seems to be able to keep up with the Ti200 128MB. At 1024x768, we only see the MX440 falling behind by a mere 6%. But when you move the resolution up to 1200x1024, the performance difference jumps up to 17%, when the resolution is once again bumped up to 1600x1200, the performance difference is 22%. This shows that the MX440, while a good performer at low-res, is still no match for its GeForce 3 Ti200 predecessors.

When it comes to Serious Sam 2, the performance difference is very minimal. No matter what resolution you run it at, the performance difference seems to only differ by a mere unnoticeable amount of 4-5%.

GL eXceS is another benchmark much like 3D Mark 2001SE, the only difference is GL eXceS does not favor any particular type of system setup and it is Open GL based. In GL eXceS, we see the same type of pattern reoccur as we saw in Serious Sam 2. No matter what resolution you run the card at, it always falls behind only by approximately 10%, but since itís a synthetic benchmark, it doesnít really reflect real world performance.

In Return to Castle Wolfenstein, we see the performance differences reflect the results we saw with Quake 3 Arena. While at 1024x768, the performance difference is only 6%, but when you move the resolution up to 1280x1024 or 1600x1200, the performance difference jumps up to 10%. This is most likely due to both cards utilizing a very similar game engine, but nonetheless the GeForce 4 MX440 is able to keep up.

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