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Titan II MX GeForce 2 MX400 Review
Titan II MX GeForce 2 MX400 Review - PCSTATS
Being the extreme performance freak I've always been, I wasn't as excited as I could have been to say... receive a GeForce 4... when I took a look at OCZ's Titan II MX 32MB video card.
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External Mfg. Website: OCZ Technology Jun 21 2001   C. Sun  
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nVidia's GeForce2 MX400 GPU

The one BIG thermal downside with this card that I immediately noticed was the absence of good thermal compound between the GPU and the "Blorb". There was some sticky double sided 'thermal tape' but this doesn't really add to much to the whole cooling system. As Thermaltake's "Blob" mounts directly to the PCB, I would really expect to see some silicon thermal compound. Come on OCZ, how could you let that happen?

Anyway, removing the "Blorb" revealed nVidia's GeForce 2 MX 400 GPU. What's the difference between the GeForce 2 MX, MX200 and MX400?

GeForce 2 MX
GeForce 2 MX200
GeForce 2 MX400
175 MHz Core
175 MHz Core
200 MHz Core
166 MHz Mem
166 MHz Mem
166 MHz Mem
128bit SDR/64bit DDR
64bit SDR
128bit SDR/64bit DDR
2.7 GB/s bandwidth
1.35 GB/s bandwidth
2.7 GB/s bandwidth
350 MPixel/s
350 MPixel/s
400 MPixel/s
700 MTexel/s
700 MTexel/s
800 MTexel/s

As shown above, the only difference between the cores of the three nVidia GPU's are that the MX400 core is clocked slightly higher then the other two.

The MX400 has the same speed memory as the others, and same data pathway as the original MX. Of course, nVidia did nothing to address the biggest problem that plagues the GeForce 2 line of cards, namely data bandwidth. Having the same speed memory as the original MX GPU, the MX400, typically won't perform any faster on most games. That's where OCZ steps in with some better-performing parts. The Titan II MX tries to alleviate this by apparently using a little faster RAM.

Now I know it's only a GF2 MX400, but I was interested on how high I could push it. However this card wasn't too friendly to my overclocking attempts... The highest stable speed I could get was 220MHz GPU core, 203MHz memory. Not the greatest overclocking attempt, but then again better than no increase at all! Oh well...

Time for some Benchmarks; here are our test system spec's followed by the MX400's competition...

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Contents of Article: OCZ Technology
 Pg 1.  Titan II MX GeForce 2 MX400 Review
 Pg 2.  — nVidia's GeForce2 MX400 GPU
 Pg 3.  Benchmarking begins
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: 3DMark 2000
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: 3DMark 2001
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: MDK2
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: Quake III
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: Quake III MAX
 Pg 9.  Conclusions

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