Advantages T&L, Great Performance vs. Price ratio, Passive Cooling
Disadvantages Limited Memory Bandwith
Geforce 2 MX - An OverviewThe MX Range now come in several flavours:
-The Original MX
-The MX200 (Basically an original)
-Any of the above with a TV-Out
Now I bought my first Geforce 2 MX when they first came out, which was a long time ago in computer time. I paid £112 for it, and this was a lot for me back then. I was running an AMD k62-300 system at the time, and when I was upgrading from a combination of a standard PCI graphics card and a Voodoo 2. The results pleased me a lot, I was in awe of the amazing rendering capabilities of the card, and it boosted my system performance no end. Some features I liked a lot where:-Hardware Transform and Lighting Processing
Transform and Lighting (T&L) was the first step for graphics cards being able to be classed as Graphics Processing Units (GPUs). Untill this point graphics card were merely dumb buffers which would do minimal work, and simply display the image the processor was rendering. Now with T&L, the graphics card's processor could actually perform calculations relating to geometry, saving valuable CPU time. This transcribed to better performance, and better graphics, as developers could use this new efficiency to cram in more polygons, and more detailed textures. In a processor limited computer (AMD k62-300) this can make a big difference.-32MB Memory
Although the memory was only SDR, 32MB is a lot for a graphics card to play with, even after allocating memory to the chosen resolution. I was lucky and got Hyundai memory, which I overclocked by 25% which increased performance too.-Passive Cooling
Why do so many people see this as a con? Even if the heatsink gets warm or even hot, the GPU is fine (MX cards run very cool). If I can cut out fan noise by having a passive heatsink on my graphics card I will be happy, as my case has plenty of fans and I prefer working in quiet environment, so top marks to the MX for noise level.
Until... a freak power surge which stopped my computer displaying an image. But surprisingly the MX emerged unscathed, with the only victim being my AGP port.And so, another motherboard, another MX. This time for about £40 which was very acceptable. I didn't even try overclocking this one, as with the upgraded processor (1.4Ghz) I didn't need to. Then ensued another long period of very happy gaming.
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