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    GF4 MX420 Performance question

    I'm thinking of getting a video card for my other PC. So I was thinking of getting a GF4 MX420 (ASUS V8170M/T). And I just wanted to know how it performs since I don't see any MX420 reviews.

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    Hey, thanks dude. I didn't see any GF4 MX420 in the chart though. Actually wondering about its performance coz' it's kind of an interesting GPU. Interesting in the sense that it's a good GPU though still using good ol' SDRAM. Something we've seen in the GF2 line and missed with GF3 series. Anyways, like I said, 'm planning on getting one for my Cel-1.4. BTW, hope you don't mind me asking but why you still using a TNT2? Just asking though. Anyways, thanks again.

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    Here's a GF4 mx 420 review by xbit labs

    http://www.xbitlabs.com/video/gf4-mx420/

    The performance is really lacking on this card. It's hardly better than the GF2 mx400. Even a GF2 gts beats it in quite a few benchmarks. Do yourself a favor and at least get a GF4 mx 440, or better yet, a radeon 8500/9000. Even a gf2 Ti would be a better buy.

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    The only time I EVER recommend the GeForce4 MX420 is if you have no AGP slot. It is the only card since the Geforce2 MX that supports PCI. Their is supposed to be a Radeon 9000 avaluable in PCI soon. This would rock!

    You can get many other cards in the same price range that will kick the GeForce4 MX420 around pretty bad.
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    Get either a GF4 MX 460 or a Radeon 9000.

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    for the price of GF4 MX 460 you would be better off getting a Ti 4200 If you are really kick on budget just get a GF 4 MX 440 or even better, a Radeon 8500.

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    Thanks for the advice guys. ( and for that review link from RDX which made me see those figures ) Just checked out prices and found out that the MX440's priced just an eenie-weenie bit compared to the 420. And, since it so seems that the 420 sucks, I'm getting the 440. BTW, I'll be using this in my Cel-1.4 which currently has a GF2 MX. Already got a Ti4200 in my P4-2.53. Then I'll be transferring the GF2 MX to my Cel-1.1 which currently has a TNT2 M64. Anyways, thanks for the help guys.





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    Originally posted by Bulge
    BTW, hope you don't mind me asking but why you still using a TNT2? Just asking though....
    Havent had the spare $$ to upgrade.
    A Geforce 4 MX costs about A$220
    I would love a faster video card
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    Originally posted by Bulge
    Thanks for the advice guys. ( and for that review link from RDX which made me see those figures ) Just checked out prices and found out that the MX440's priced just an eenie-weenie bit compared to the 420. And, since it so seems that the 420 sucks, I'm getting the 440. BTW, I'll be using this in my Cel-1.4 which currently has a GF2 MX. Already got a Ti4200 in my P4-2.53. Then I'll be transferring the GF2 MX to my Cel-1.1 which currently has a TNT2 M64. Anyways, thanks for the help guys.
    The GF4MX's are outdated. Get a Radeon 9000/Pro or 8500/LE if you have >$100US to spend. It should be quite an easy decision to make if you look at reviews.

    Mind you... I am not sure what prices are like in your part of the world so the GF4MX may still be a more attractive option despite not being the best card in it's class.

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    Know 'bout how good ATi Radeons are. Thing is the only ones available here are from no-name manufacturers like Sparkle, Jetway and the like. I usually try to go for brand since I'm also after reliability. One more thing's that the only Radeons available here are older models. Ones which are of GF2 level. Think it's because nVIDIA's kinda popular over here. Oh, there's just one more thing. Would this be correct? - GF4 MX460 >or= GF3 Ti200, GF4 MX440 = GF2 Ti, and GF4 MX420 SDR = GF256 DDR - I mean since the 420's supposed to be somewhere in between the GTS and the MX400.

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    I was kinda wondering also 'bout ASUS' V8170SE MX420 model. Coz' last time I checked the ASUS site, it says that the SDR card has a memory clock of 275MHz. Is this possible? Coz' from what I know typical MX420 cards have SDR clocked at 166MHz. So is this normal?

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    Originally posted by Bulge
    GF4 MX460 > or = GF3 Ti200,
    GF4 MX440 = GF2 Ti,
    GF4 MX420 SDR = GF256 DDR
    Well, I believe the GF3 Ti200 would kill the MX460 from what I've heard, but I can't be 100% positive.

    GF4 MX440 is more like a GF2 GTS, I think (?). I think the MX460 would give the GF2 Ti a run for its money.

    GF4 MX420 SDR....who cares. Don't bother looking at it, unless of course you don't have an AGP slot and need the PCI version as mentioned above...
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    I don't think the GF4 mx cards are quite that bad. A GF4 mx460 is quite comparable to a GF3 ti200. In most benchies I've seen between the two, the mx 460 fares quite well, many times beating the ti200 in over 50% of the tests. The mx 440 actually bests the GF2 ti in almost every benchmark. The mx 420 however, just plain sucks.

    http://www.xbitlabs.com/video/gf4-mx/

    http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.html?i=1608&p=1

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    Yes, but the GeForce4 MX line is only DX 7 campatable, the GeForce3 and GeForce4 Ti are DX 8.1 compatable, as is the Radeon 8500 and 9000 and the Radeon 9500 and 9700 are DX 9 compatable. I think the Geforce3 Ti 200 also overclocks pretty good and with the DX 8 features will be able to play new games like Doom III MUCH better than the MX460( as would the Radeon 9000).
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