EXTREME Overclocking
Home | Reviews | EOC Forums | File Downloads | RealTime Pricing Engine | Folding Stats Contact Us

GeForce2 MX Roundup

Company: VisionTek, eVga, Gainward
Products:
GeForce2 MX Video Card
Street Price: ~$120 + S&H
Date Reviewed: January 9, 2001
Reviewed By: Jason

 

GF2MX Background:

The GeForce2 MX, as the name implies, is based on the GeForce2 GTS core. The main difference being that this .18-micron chip only features two rendering pipelines whereas the GeForce2 GTS features a total of four. However with the new Geforce2 core, each of its two rendering pipelines are capable of processing two textures each in a single clock. So two pipelines times two textures per clock equals four textures per clock, this is the same amount as the original GeForce 256 which had four pipelines but could only process one texture in each per single clock. The more powerful Geforce2 GTS has four pipelines and thus can process eight, or double the GF2MX, per single clock. To sum this up in a table along with some features of the MX, check out the table below:

GeForce Specification Comparison
  GeForce256 GeForce2 MX GeForce2 GTS
Process Technology .22 micron .18 micron
Clock Speed 120Mhz 175Mhz 200Mhz
Texels / Clock 4 4 8
Texels / Second 480M 700M 1600M
Polygons / Second 15M 20M 25M
Memory Bus 128-bit SDR/DDR 128-bit SDR or 64-bit SDR/DDR 128-bit SDR/DDR
Memory Clock 166MHz SDR/300MHz DDR 166MHz SDR 333MHz DDR
Memory Bandwidth 2.7/4.8 GB/s 2.7 GB/s 5.3 GB/s
TwinView No Yes No
Digital Vibrance Control No Yes No

Staying focused on the GeForce2 MX, you can see that its default clock speed is supposed to be 175Mhz, and its memory speed 166Mhz. When examining each of the cards in this roundup, we noticed that not all manufacturers followed this spec. Memory speed is the biggest issue, as it is the main bottleneck which has been plaguing the entire GeForce line of video cards. After looking at the table, you might be asking yourself what the TwinView and Digital Vibrance Control are, well let's take a look at that in depth shall we?

 

TwinView:

TwinView is basically the ability to have multiple displays being supported on a single GPU. This technology in NVIDIA's lineup is currently unique to the GeForce2 MX & the Quadro2 MXR. NVIDIA's unified driver architecture offers several different modes for using your display setup.

  • Standard Windows 98 multimonitor support, which spreads the desktop across both displays. You determine the refresh rate, color depth, and resolution for each monitor, given its capabilities. This mode allows you to stretch your desktop horizontally or stack it vertically -- an optimal solution for financial trackers.
  • Application exclusive, in which an application may be dedicated to one or both monitors. This mode is excellent for entertainment applications, such as DVD playback, and digital video editing.
  • Clone mode, in which monitors show the same output. This mode is useful for presentations. A presenter may use the smaller monitor on the podium, while a projector conveys the data to the audience.
  • Application zone mode, in which a zoomed-in section of the primary display's image is shown on a secondary display. With the graphic artist in mind, this mode is perfect for image editing and modeling in CAD applications, image processing/mapping applications.
  • Virtual desktop, which supports full pan-and-scan mode, can be configured for one or both displays.

 

NVIDIA TwinView supports a variety of output combinations* including:

  • Two digital flat panels
  • Two RGB monitors (with second RAMDAC)
  • Two analog flat panels
  • One digital flat panel and one analog flat panel
  • One digital flat panel and one RGB monitor
  • One digital flat panel and one TV
  • One RGB monitor and one TV
  • One RGB monitor and one analog flat panel (with second RAMDAC)
  • One analog flat panel and one TV

*Actual combinations supported on a given board-level implementation will vary.

 

On To Page 2...

 

Most Downloaded Files
Recently Added Files
Compare Prices On Top Brands!
Search:
For:

Intel Processors
Core i7 - Haswell
i7-4770K  i7-4771  i7-4790  i7-4770  i7-4790S  i7-4770S

Core i5 - Haswell
i5-4670K  i5-4690  i5-4690S  i5-4590S  i5-4570  i5-4460  i5-4590  i5-4440S  i5-4430  i5-4440

Core i3 - Haswell
i3-4340  i3-4370  i3-4350  i3-4360  i3-4330  i3-4130T  i3-4160  i3-4130  i3-4150

AMD Processors
Vishera 8-Core AM3+
FX-9590  FX-9370  FX-8370  FX-8370E  FX-8350  FX-8320  FX-8320E

Vishera 6-Core AM3+
FX-6350  FX-6300

Kaveri 4-Core FM2+
A10-7850K  A10-7800  A10-7700K  A8-7600

Video Cards
nVidia GeForce GTX 900 Series
GTX 980  GTX 970  GTX 960

nVidia GeForce GTX 700 Series
GTX 780  GTX 760  GTX 750

AMD Radeon R9 Series
290X  290  285  280X  280  270X  270

AMD Radeon R7 Series
265  260X  250X  250  240

Search By Brand
ASUS  Diamond  eVGA  Gigabyte  MSI  PowerColor  PNY  Sapphire  Visiontek  XFX  Zotac

PC Memory
DDR3  DDR2  DDR

Motherboards
ASUS  ASRock  Biostar  ECS  eVGA  Foxconn  Gigabyte  Intel  MSI  Shuttle  Supermicro  Tyan 

Hard Drives & SSDs
Corsair  Crucial  Fujitsu  HGST  Intel  OCZ  Samsung  Sandisk  Seagate  Western Digital

Copyright ©2000-2016 EXTREME Overclocking. All rights reserved.
Disclaimer of Liability - Privacy Policy