VisionTek Xtasy MX 440 review: VisionTek Xtasy MX 440

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The Good Fast 2D performance; dual-monitor support, low price.

The Bad Average 3D performance; no DVI connector; no bundled games.

The Bottom Line The Xtasy GeForce4 MX 440 teams a lower-end GeForce4 chipset with modest memory to create a capable graphics card for budget-minded or occasional gamers as well as mainstream buyers.

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While some users must have the latest whiz-bang 3D-graphics technology, others need just a basic, affordable graphics card with some 3D capability. For the latter, VisionTek offers the Xtasy GeForce4 MX 440. Based on a lower-end version of Nvidia's new GeForce4 chipset and saddled with slower (and less) memory, the MX 440 can't compete with cards such as the PNY Verto GeForce4 Ti 4600. But for budget-minded or occasional gamers as well as mainstream buyers, it's a capable choice. While some users must have the latest whiz-bang 3D-graphics technology, others need just a basic, affordable graphics card with some 3D capability. For the latter, VisionTek offers the Xtasy GeForce4 MX 440. Based on a lower-end version of Nvidia's new GeForce4 chipset and saddled with slower (and less) memory, the MX 440 can't compete with cards such as the PNY Verto GeForce4 Ti 4600. But for budget-minded or occasional gamers as well as mainstream buyers, it's a capable choice.

A modest performer
The $150 MX 440's 270MHz core-clock speed and 64MB of 400MHz DDR SDRAM peg it as one of the slower GeForce4 chipsets; in contrast, the PNY Verto (based on the GeForce4 Ti 4600 chipset) has 128MB of 650MHz memory and core-clock speeds of 300MHz. But compared to other mainstream graphics cards such as the similarly priced Hercules 3D Prophet III GeForce3 Ti 200 and the ATI Radeon 7500 in CNET Labs' tests, the MX 440 stacks up well. In our 3DMark2001 and Quake III trials, the MX 440 fell just behind the Hercules but stayed ahead of the ATI. It essentially tied for second with the ATI in the 3D WinBench 2000 test, but it beat both cards in our 2D test. The bottom line: The MX 440 can ably handle most mainstream games, but 3D performance tends to decrease at higher image resolutions.

There's one initial caveat when you install the Xtasy GeForce4 MX 440: You'll need an AGP 2.0 slot to use the card, as there's no PCI version currently in the works. Everything else is a snap. Just drop the card into the AGP slot and follow the large text and helpful graphics on the included instruction sheet. The Xtasy GeForce4 MX 440 is compatible with nearly every version of Windows from 95 onward. In addition to a CD-ROM with graphic display drivers, the card also comes with the CyberLink PowerDVD software, which can enhance your DVD playback experience (that is, if you have a DVD-ROM on your system). VisionTek also includes a disc of demos but, sadly, no bundled games.

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VisionTek Xtasy MX 440

Part Number: 30001520

MSRP: $179.99

See manufacturer website for availability.

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  • Interface Type AGP 4x
  • Max Monitors Supported 2
  • Graphics Engine NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 440
  • Size 64 MB / 64 MB (max)
  • Compatibility PC