AGP 8X Hits NVIDIA
The pressure from other graphics vendors releasing AGP 8X parts have really hit NVIDIA hard especially when NVIDIA has not had any new product announcements of late. With SiS releasing their Xabre 400 with AGP 8X support which complements their SiS648 chipset was something that NVIDIA could not deliver today (where's the nForce2?). Even VIA has launched their KT400 and P4X400 chipsets which lends support to AGP 8X - so NVIDIA is not going to lose to its competitors without an AGP 8X part.
Over at the performance graphics category, NVIDIA has nothing to offer right at this moment as their GeForce4 Ti series are still very much the same as the day it was launched. In addition, NVIDIA has lost the performance war to ATI and there's nothing they can do but push themselves to launch the NV30 as soon as possible. However, sources told us that it won't see Christmas 2002 - and that's going to be really disadvantageous for NVIDIA. ATI should be celebrating a fat Christmas this year.
However, there's still a lot of competition at the mainstream graphics end of the market. Although ATI has yet to announce a mainstream graphics part that supports AGP 8X (RADEON 9000 is not AGP 8X), SiS has successfully rolled out their Xabre 400 which has enjoyed much publicity being the first graphics core to support 8X transfers. In addition, the Xabre 400 was actually performing either on par (in some cases) or even faster than the GeForce4 MX 440. Although the Xabre 400 was plagued with compatibility issues which SiS is feverishly trying to fix with new driver releases, it is nevertheless seen as a threat to NVIDIA's mainstream graphics business.
The new NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 440-8X GPU.
Now that NVIDIA is back with an intermediate product release with the new GeForce4 MX 440-8X core (known as the NV18), NVIDIA is really only patching up the holes in their graphics business as they have nothing new to offer the consumers. If we're not wrong, the core is still based on their current GeForce4 MX 440 design and they have only added support for AGP 3.0 specifications.
Since this review is done with minimal info, we will not list the full specifications of the product here.
MSI MX440-VTD8X Specifications
| Graphics Core
- NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 440-8X GPU
- Default clock speed 275/512 (core/DDR memory)
- AGP 8X / 4X / 2X
- Microsoft DirectX 8.X optimizations and support
- OpenGL 1.3 optimizations and support
| Graphics Memory
- Converter through 9-pin mini-DIN connector
- S-Video In/Out
- RCA composite In/Out
- 15-pin D-sub VGA connector
- DVI-I connector (for Digital Flat Panel displays) with DVI-I to DB-15
| Driver and Utilities
- Driver support for Windows 98/98SE/Me/NT 4.0/2000/XP
- Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon
- The Elder Scrolls III : Morrowind (2 discs)
- Duke Nukem Manhattan Project
- 7-in-1 Games Collections : The Sum of All Fears, Beam Breakers, IL-2
Sturmovik, Zax: The Alien Hunter, Oni, Battle Realms, Rally Trophy
- FarStone VirtualDrive & RestoreIT!
- InterVideo WinDVD 5.1 Channel & Supreme Foreign Language Learning
- InterVideo WinProducer/WinCoder & Professional Users' Pack
- MSI 3D Desktop
| Other Information
- AGP 2.0/3.0 slot required (1.5V)
- 1 PCI-assigned IRQ Required