3DMark2001SE is the latest installment in the
3DMark series by MadOnion. By combining DirectX8 support with completely new
graphics, it continues to provide good overall system benchmarks. 3DMark2001SE
has been created in cooperation with the major 3D accelerator and processor
manufacturers to provide a reliable set of diagnostic tools. The suite
demonstrates 3D gaming performance by using real-world gaming technology to test
a system's true performance abilities. Tests include: DirectX8 Vertex Shaders,
Pixel Shaders and Point Sprites, DOT3 and Environment Mapped Bump Mapping,
support for Full Scene Anti-aliasing and Texture Compression and two game tests
using Ipion real-time physics.
Higher numbers denote better performance.
Benchmark Results with AA + AF|
MSI G4MX440-T8X (2x AA, 2x
Not that you'd run AA+AF with this type of card,
but here are the numbers anyway.
Quake III Arena is a First Person Shooter (FPS)
that revolutionized gaming as we know it. Using multiple light sources and
having graphics textures that can fill videocards, even after 3 years it's still
able to bring a cutting edge system to its knees.
Arena MAX 1024x768 demo001 with AF|
MSI G4MX440-T8X (2x AA, 2x
was nice and pretty but the frame rate is just too low
in QIII here.
While the MSI G4MX440-T8X is not targeted towards
the hardcore gamer, it's still nice to see the videocard can handle most games
at 1024x768 pretty well. With a retail price of $110 ($70 US) one really should
not expect much from the videocard, after all it is "just" budget videocard.
Of course, for that price there aren't too many extra's
other then TV-Output. It's nice to see MSI still does all the little things
right like thermal paste between the core and GPU even though this is an
inexpensive card. For those who want a "quiet" PC, this card uses a passive heatsink which produces absolutely no noise. If the
heatsink is a little too warm for you, an advanced passive cooler like the
Zalman ZM50-HP could be used to improve things thermally. The heatsink is attached with normal though-PCB
mounting points and not glued to the GPU as with some other cards.
MSI cards have always been good to us in terms of overclocking, and the
G4MX440-T8X did not disappoint. We were able to hit an amazing 332 MHz core,
540 MHz memory (250/400 stock speed) and I'm positive we could have gone higher
if we were not limited by the software.
The MSI G4MX440-T8X is good for those looking for a solid
2D videocard with occasional gaming, or for someone building a system who's
on a tight budget, or needs a half height card. If you're a moderate or hardcore gamer you'll want something else, but then you already knew
that. The MSI GF4MX440-T8X is a good way to bring in a little
speed for small form factor or book sized computers, challenging the on board video
chipsets which often suck CPU resources and often perform pretty poorly.Find out
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