Inno3d's Tornado GeForce 4 MX 440 64MB w/TV out

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Dallmann Computers in Vulcan, Alberta set me up with some pretty sweet hardware this weekend. The first to make it on the chopping block in the Tornado GeForce 4 MX 440. I was quite interested in how this card would perform compared to my GeForce 2Ti. A lot of people say that the GeForce 4 MX 440 is definitely NOT a gamers card. I'm here to give you an honest and unbiased opinion. Before this review, I didn't even know what any of the cards specs were, so this is new to me. Here we go . . .

First, we'll take a look at the box and software bundle:

The card comes boxed in quite attractive packaging. Not as flashy as other companies, buy hey - it's a box. In the box you will find a manual, rca cable, s-vid to rca adapter, mousepad, Drivers CD - complete with DX7, 8, 8.1, and drivers 27.20, and 28.90. Also included in the software bundle is WinDVD 2000, and Cyberlink's PowerDirector SE, a video editing tool. That's a pretty sweet bundle for a card that is so reasonable priced.

Here are the specs of the Inno3d GeForce 4MX 440 from Inno3d's website.

Graphics Core 256-bit - Memory Bandwith 6.4GB / Sec - Fill Rate 1.1 Billion Texels / sec
nViewâ„¢ 2 x CRT or CRT + TV CRT + TV - Memory Clock rate 400MHz

Powered by nVidia GeForce4 MX 440 GPU
Lightspeed Memory Architectureâ„¢ (LMA) II Technology
64MB 128-bit DDR Frame Buffer Memory supported
nViewâ„¢ Display Technology, provides unprecedented flexibility and control for using multiple displays
Dual 350MHz RAMDAC with crisp and clear image quality at 2048x1536 resolution at 75Hz refresh
TV-Output support 1024x768 resolution
Accuview Antialiasingâ„¢ delivers unprecedented AA performance and quality to the mainstream market and enables high resolution, high frame rate, full-scene antialiasing for the first time ever in this market segment.
Video Processing Engine (VPE) enables the highest quality, full-frame rate, full-screen HDTV and DVD without requiring a high performance CPU
AGP 2X / 4X support with AGP Texturing and Fast Writes
Fully accelerates Windows® XP multimedia and user interfaces, making it the ideal Windows® XP graphics solution
Guarantees forward and backward compatibility with nVIDIA® Unified Driver Architecture (UDA)
Microsoft® DirectX® Optimizations and support
Complete OpenGL® 1.3 and OpenGL® support

System Requirements :
Pentium® 3, Pentium® 4, AMD® Athlon® or compatible CPU
32MB system memory
AGP 2X or AGP 2X/4X universal slot with AGP 2.0 compliant
Installation software requires CD-ROM drive
DVD playback requires DVD drive

Display support :
Register compatible with VGA
BIOS compatible with VESA for super VGA
DDC 1/2b/2b+ monitor support
VESA Display Power Management Support
Separate horizontal & vertical synchronization at TTL levels

The card itself is clocked at 270 core, and 400 memory. The GeForce 2 I'll be pitting it up against is clocked 250 core, and 400 memory.

As you can maybe see, Inno uses Hynix ram  which is rated at 5ns = 400MHz. No big suprise there. Inno also used 8MB ram chips - 4 on the front of the card, and 4 on the back. Pretty standard for most graphics cards.

Test Setup.

  • 1.4 GHz Athlon
  • Abit KT7A-Raid
  • 256MB PC133 cas2 Micron
  • 40GB Maxtor Diamond Max Plus!
  • Pioneer 16x ATA66 DVD Rom
  • AOpen 32x12x48 CDRW
  • SBLive 5.1
  • Inno3D GeForce 4MX 440
  • MSI GeForce 2 Ti
  • Windows 2000 w/ SP2
  • DirectX 8.1
  • Via 4in1's 4.40a
  • 29.20 NED's.

* I'm using the 29.20 NED's as I've found them to be the most stable under OpenGL and DirectX.

** Note: These tests might seem to score a little low. That's due to the high settings. Both of these cards are extremely playable.

As with all nVidia cards that I've found, installation was as simple as uninstalling your current drivers, shutting down, swapping graphics cards, and installing new drivers. Simple. Ready to rumble.