Date: September 14th, 2002
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: Albatron
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL & FEATURES
So, what does this card come with?
Included is a users manual, a composite convertor for the TV-out, and a six foot length of RCA composite cable to attach to your video-in on your TV or VCR, a copy of Serious Sam, a Generic Motorcross game and the driver utility CD which you will be pitching over your right shoulder and getting the latest detonators right off of the www.guru3d.com =D.
At my first glance, the board is more or less based on the reference design from nvidia themselves.
Now, this board is capable of having a DVI connector as an option if you would like, but this sample only had the standard analog and TV-out which in most cases is all that is needed for CRT monitors. The TV-Out was on par with the quality of most videocards I have reviewed to date and has a maximum resolution of 1024x768.
No memory cooling is standard with this graphics card, but would be a great addition. Instead, you are left with Albatron's GPU core cooling. This cooler does an amazing job at keeping the core stable and allowing some amazing overclocking, but more on that later.
This version of the MX440 is loaded with 64meg's of Samsung 5.0ns DDR which is stock clocked at 400Mhz. How good does it overclock? Your patience will be rewarded soon....
Ah, enough of da rifraf, lets get on to the BENCHMARKS, the meat and potatoes of the review, or for you vegetarians out there, tofu and broccoli =D.....