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    Default GeForce 2 MX400 vs GTS

    I am looking at the option of buying a new GeForce 2 card. I am currently running a GeForce 2 MX400 with 32mb RAM.

    I am really after the TV Out option that mine doesn't have. The two that i have to choose from is a GeForce 2 MX400 with 64mb SDRAM with TV out or a GeForce 2 GTS with 32mb DDR RAM with TV out. which one am i likely to get a better frame rate out of? the 64mb SDRAM or the GTS with 32 DDR?

    I know the GTS is capable of a higher bus speed but does the extra ram on the MX400 make up for it? I have no problem with overclocking either of them.

    Will be running on a Celeron 1gig, windows 2000 pro (sp2), 416mb SDRAM and 60gig 7200rpm HD. Any advice at all would be appreciated as i am a bit stumped as to which is the better option.

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    Default Re: GeForce 2 MX400 vs GTS

    Go for the GTS.

    Don't be fooled into thinking that because the MX400 has more ram then it will be quicker. The key here is the speed of the ram not the amount.

    Do a search on google for the advantages of DDR over SDRAM.
    Also have a look at;

    http://www.kingston.com/tools/bits/bit33.asp

    Playing Quake 3 at lower resolutions ie 640x480 you won't really notice the difference between the two, however crank the res up to 1024x768 or more and this is where the GTS really begins to show it's worth.

    Bruce.

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    Default Re: GeForce 2 MX400 vs GTS

    Yep no question - the GTS.

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    Default Re: GeForce 2 MX400 vs GTS

    gts for sure but not because of the faster ram.

    the MX versions of nvida chips are 'poor mans' cut down versions of the full blown chip. the geforce4mx is a pefect example as its missing some major parts compared to the full ver.

    the gts os a tweaked out version (slightly faster chip and memory clocks) than the standard geforce2.

    but check on price as some geforce2gts's are dearer than a geforce3ti200.

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    Default Re: GeForce 2 MX400 vs GTS

    It may be a better option to get a PCI card for TV out as if you get them as one card, you have to run both the Monitor out and the TV out at the same resolution.

    TV's typically take 800x600 res, so you must therefore run your monitor at 800x600, which is really useless.

    However, if you have an OS like XP Pro, then you can fully customize everything if you have two cards, even their relative position if you expand the desktop. You can also run both cards at their full performance, ie I run my apps and games on my monitor and run music videos on my TV at the same time with NO performance loss.

    If you are hppy with your current graphics then this is a much better option.

    Craig.

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