Small time upgrade.

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by slayer[X], Jun 15, 2003.

  1. slayer[X]

    slayer[X] Guest

    im thinking about upgrading my vcard from geforce 2 mx to geforce 4 mx.

    The questions are as follows:

    1. Will this increase the performance of my games?

    2. Looking at my current system, can i put a geforce 4 mx "DDR", not "SDR"? (MotherBoard is BVD1M Procomp)

    - SLAYER - X
  2. OTE

    OTE Guest

    The Geforce 4 MX is basically a re-packaged Gf2MX. Personally for budegt I would recommend a ATi 9000Pro or non Pro both can be had for under £100 easially. You may also want to look at the Geforce 5200 range.
    For your second question there are few cards out their now with SDR memory and you would be better off with DDR.
  3. slayer[X]

    slayer[X] Guest

    Unfortunately, ATI cards are not sold here in the philippines.

    Heres OUR pricelist:

    P: Pesos (Our Currency)
    $: US Dollars (55 Pesos for 1 $)

    Geforce 4 MX 440SE 64mb SDR = P1980 ($36)
    Geforce 4 MX 440SE 64mb DDR = P2130 ($38.70)
    Geforce 4 MX 440SE 128mb SDR = P2600 ($47.30)
    Geforce 4 MX 440SE 128mb DDR = P2750 ($50)

    Could someone kindly compare their prices with mine.
    (All vdcards are from INNO3D.)

    Oh and how can i know if my motherboard is ddr capable?
    (My motherboard came a long long time ago like 2 years.)

    Cant afford a new mboard.
  4. OTE

    OTE Guest

    well your motherboard wont support DDR because it is running SDR and a Celeron, therefore its probably an old system.
    Many online sites will ship outside their native country, so look around.
    If I had to choose between those GFX cards then I would go for either of the DDR solutions.
  5. Bretenn

    Bretenn Guest

    i dont think u will notice any significant increase of performance... from gf2 to gf4...!
  6. OTE

    OTE Guest

    alreay said ;)
  7. slayer[X]

    slayer[X] Guest

    anyway im off to buy an athlon xp 1800+ and a K7SOM Board!!!
  8. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

    Sacramento, CA
    i might be too late... but slayer, your board doesn't have to have ddr memory to support a video card with ddr memory. they're independent and unrelated. so whatever card you get, make sure it has ddr memory for much better performance.
  9. LeeJend

    LeeJend Moderator

    Fort Worth, TX
    Like Taurus said probably too late but...

    Using Madonion 2001 SE330 benchmark:
    The MX4-440 benchmarks out 60% faster than an MX2-400 with a low end system (1 gig or less) like yours.
    The MX4-440 benchmarks out 240% faster than an MX2-400 with a high end system (2.7 gig or higher).

    Using UT2003 game benchamrk:
    Frame rate is 3 times faster with the MX4-440 vs the MX2-400 and doesn't change much witht he cpu speed.

    So if you beleive in benchmarks there will be a definite improvement with the MX4-440. As for the price, the ones you quoted are the lowest I've seen based on the USD numbers.

    Info is from
  10. slayer[X]

    slayer[X] Guest

    Thats a big difference.
    Im actually gonna buy a geforce 4 mx 440 DDR and the Athlon XP and mboard!!

    P6950 : ($126)

    Oh and LeeJend,
    What type of MX-440 was used?
    DDR or SDR?
  11. slayer[X]

    slayer[X] Guest

    One more Question,
    which do you recommed buying?
    Vdcard or MBoard + Processor?

    Vdcard: Geforce 4 MX 440SE 64mb DDR
    Mboard + Proc: AMD 1800 + K7SOM

    Thanks to the knowledge you all shared to me.
    Especially to Taurus and LeeJend.
  12. Sazar

    Sazar F@H - Is it in you? Staff Member Political User Folding Team

    Between Austin and Tampa
    mobo + processor :)

    the gfx card you are looking @ is effectively the same technology but it has been speed bumped quite well so it does perform better than the old card.. but it is basically dx7 technology..we are upto dx9 right now...

    if you game you will not be seeing the same effects peopel with dx8/dx9 cards see... but this is not always a bad thing :D

    the processor and mobo will improve ALL of your computer experience... the gfx card will improve your gaming experience only... :)

    upgrade based on that... and what you need/want..
  13. slayer[X]

    slayer[X] Guest

  14. LeeJend

    LeeJend Moderator

    Fort Worth, TX

    Can't tell for sure, but I'd bet it was DDR Ram on an MX-440 Vid card. SDRAM in new products has been pretty much dead for 18-24 months now and I think the MX-440 came out since then.
  15. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

    Sacramento, CA
    so has the mx420 and it's an sdr-only card. i think there are some sdr variations of the mx440, too.