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MSI MX400 Pro-VT32S Video Card Review

MSI MX400 Pro-VT32S Video Card Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: MSI has added S-Video VIVO (Video In, Video Out) and 5 ns SDRAM. Last but not least, who could forget the pretty red PCB too!
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Filed under: Video Cards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: MSI Sep 25 2001   Colin Sun  
Home > Reviews > Video Cards > MSI MX400 Pro-VT32S

Specs and Test System Configuration

Anyway, here are the spec's on the card before I go further...

MX400 Pro-VT32S (MS-8833)
32MB SDRAM
nVidia® GeForce 2 MX400 Chipset
2x/4X AGP
256-bit Graphic Architecture GPU
20 Million Transistors/sec Through T&L
350MHz RAMDAC
Maximum 3D/2D Resolution of 2048x1536 @75Hz
Supports Windows® 9x, ME, NT, 2000 and Linux
TV-Out, Video In, VIVO Intervideo WinCoder and WinProducer video-editing software
Live VGA BIOS"!, Live VGA Driver"!

Well, here are the system spec's we used in the test box should you want to try and reproduce my results.

PCstats Test System Specs:
Computer: Athlon 1.0 GHz AYHJA Y at 1.57 GHz (9.5x167 MHz)
Iwill KK266-R Ver 1.2 BIOS May 15/2001
Apacer 256 MB PC-100 Ram 2-2-3-6
30 GB IBM DeskStar 75 GXP
Software: Windows 98 SE
DirectX 8.0
Via 4in1 4.33V Beta
DetonatorXP 21.81
Test Cards: MSI MX400 Pro-VT32S (GeForce 2 MX 200/183)
MSI MX400 Pro-VT32S (GeForce 2 MX 220/229)
Creative Labs Annihilator Pro (GeForce DDR 120/300)
ATI Radeon 64MB VIVO Retail (Radeon 183/386)
MSI StarForce 822 (GeForce 3 200/460)
Benchmarks: 3DMark2000 Ver 1.1
3DMark2001
MDK2
Quake III Arena 1.17
DroneZ
Serious Sam 1.02 (Fill Rate benchmark only)

People are probably asking why I'm testing on an overclocked system. The answer is a simple one; the cards are tested on an overclocked system in order to eliminate as many bottlenecks as possible. Also, testing was limited to resolutions of 640x480 and 1024x768. Anyone with a GeForce2 MX400 is really not going to see any advantages by testing at a higher resolution.

Let's take a look at what the synthetics have to say first, up next is 3DMark 2001.

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Contents of Article: MSI MX400 Pro-VT32S
 Pg 1.  MSI MX400 Pro-VT32S Video Card Review
 Pg 2.  GF2 MX Card Details
 Pg 3.  — Specs and Test System Configuration
 Pg 4.  3DMark 2001 Benchmarks
 Pg 5.  MDK2 Benchmarks
 Pg 6.  Quake III Benchmarks
 Pg 7.  DroneZ Benchmarks
 Pg 8.  Serious Sam's Fill Rate Benchmarks
 Pg 9.  Conclusions

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