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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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External Mfg. Website: MSI Sep 25 2001   C. Sun  
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MSI MX400 Pro-VT32S Video Card Review

With the GeForce2 MX line of cards already conquering the mid-level videocard market, here is yet another addition to a rather overpopulated sector - the MSI MX400 Pro-VT32S. MSI has taken the reference design for nVidia's GeForce 2 MX400 GPU and added a few goodies of their own to spice up the mix. In particular, 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!

It seems that MSI has taken a liking to red PCB's, red is also the colour of a few of their newest motherboards as well. However, the best feature on the MX400 is the Live VGA BIOS protection. It's basically dual bios support on a videocard, somewhat similar to that of several motherboards from Gigabyte (most notably).

The real question as I sat down and opened up the pink box the MX400 ships in, is whether or not this card would be able to impress me as much as MSI's superfantabulous GeForce 3 (StarForce 822).

Another thing that was rather nice to see was the presence of active cooling on top of the nVidia MX 400 GPU - heck, there was even thermal paste between the core and heatsink!

As I mentioned before, it was nice to see 5ns SDRAM used rather then the usual 6ns, hopefully this would translate into better overclocking results. Also note that the MX400 memory is clocked higher then the standard MX400 cards are. Default clock speeds for the MX400 Pro-VT32S is 200/183. This is up from the regular 200/166 ratio.

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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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