Is the Geforce 4mx worth buying?

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Postposted on Tue Jan 22, 2002 6:06 pm

I heard it will be a very good hard and also a cheap one, does anybody know how much VRAM it will have and what site I could get it from?
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Postposted on Tue Jan 22, 2002 6:59 pm

Well, the card hasnt even been anounced yet so you cant get it now. If the mx version isnt feature-neutered, is faster than the ti200, and costs the close to the same then it would be a good buy. But we have to wait to find out everything first. :smile:
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Postposted on Tue Jan 22, 2002 8:16 pm

If the NV17 chip becomes a desktop product called the GeForce4 MX, it will only be worth buying if you have very specific needs and/or if it's very, very cheap.

NV17 is not even a GeForce3-class 3D chip, despite everything NVIDIA likes to say about it. I'd much rather have a GF3 Ti 200.

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Postposted on Tue Jan 22, 2002 8:17 pm

I thought the NV17 was supposed to be for the next nforce only?
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Postposted on Tue Jan 22, 2002 8:22 pm

We pressed NVIDIA on this point at Comdex, and they said it would be a good guess that a desktop NV17 product would be coming. The rumor mill has the "GF4 MX" pegged as the NV17, and I think that's correct.

The NV17 is a GeForce2 MX renderer paired with a GeForce3-class fill rate and anti-aliasing. It has no real pixel shaders (just the GF2's register combiners) and it only has a fixed-function T&L unit.

NV17 does have a nice multi-display-capable RAMDAC setup with an integrated TDMS transmitter and a video encoder, so it's as flexible as most ATI products there. It also has full, hardware-accelerated DVD decoding on-chip.

But it ain't a GeForce4. It ain't even a GeForce 3 MX.

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Postposted on Wed Jan 23, 2002 12:39 am

Cool, thanks for the info. Nice to see the dvd stuff brought in some way to the desktop.
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Postposted on Mon Jan 28, 2002 5:41 pm

Well, if it wasn't announced before, it is now. From Anandtech:

Argh, mention the name Macintosh and my ears start to bleed :smile: Well, as with the GeForce3 last year, it looks as though Apple has first dibs on new NVIDIA graphics cards:
``The new dual 1-GHz Power Mac G4 with NVIDIA GeForce4 graphics is the fastest Mac ever and the fastest personal computer ever for creative professionals,'' said Philip Schiller, senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. ``This is the first Mac to break the 1-GHz barrier and the first computer in the world to feature NVIDIA GeForce4 graphics.''
Apple also introduced two new Power Mac G4 models with 933 MHz and 800 MHz PowerPC G4 processors, starting at just $1,599(US). All models feature the Velocity Engine(TM), and the 933 MHz and dual 1-GHz models include 2MB of double data rate (DDR) L3 cache per processor to boost performance even further. All models also include next generation graphics technologies from NVIDIA and ATI. The 800 MHz Power Mac G4 includes the ATI Radeon 7500 with 32MB of DDR SDRAM. The 933 MHz and dual 1-GHz models debut the incredible NVIDIA GeForce4 MX with 64MB of DDR SDRAM, able to generate an astounding 1.1 billion textured pixels per second. In addition, all Power Mac G4 models now offer dual monitor support.
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