Bij TweakTown is vandaag een review te vinden van de VisionTek GeForce2 MX, de budget kaart onder de budget kaarten. Als belangrijkste kost besparende optie is er voor gekozen om gebruik te maken van 143MHz geheugen wat standaard overgeclocked is naar 166MHz. Om deze reden is het niet de ideale kaart om te tweaken, maar als je toch niet overclockt dan is dat niet echt een probleem en is het prijskaartje van slechts 108 dollar heel aantrekkelijk :
The PCB (Printed Circuit Board) is very bland; with a quick glance over the Visiontek MX card it's easy to see Visiontek have opted to stay with the exact same reference design by nVidia thus leaving a lot of extra PCB room as you can see in the image below...
Although, something had to be done to keep the Visiontek MX card at a responsible cost / performance ratio. What Visiontek have in fact done is include 32MB of Samsung 7ns 143MHz SDRAM, whereas the nVidia GeForce2 MX reference board comes fitted with 6ns 166MHz SDRAM. To make this card a performance competitor against other GeForce2 MX cards, Visiontek have shipped the 32MB (4x8mb chips) of Samsung 7ns 143MHz SDRAM overclocked at 166MHz (6ns). If you plan to buy this card to overclock, keep in mind that it is already out of spec and you'll be overclocking the SDRAM even more then it already is. While the Samsung 7ns 143MHz SDRAM was running at 166MHz we didn't notice any crashes or lockup's. With this being the case, I guess there's nothing really to worry about - unless you want to clock the memory core up even higher.
[...] As we saw in the benchmarking process up above, the Visiontek GF2 MX card is by no means faster than the GF2 GTS. However, when it comes to the price / performance ratio the Visiontek GF2 MX is by far the winner. The Visiontek comes packed full of nice features and while the overclockability (with no HSF) isn't fabulous it is still nice. The inclusion of a HSF would have been nice for us overclockers to tweak around with things a bit more, but considering this is a budget card that would be generally expected. For those that are looking for a new graphics card and don't want to fork out $600 AUD or so for a GF2 GTS, go with a Visiontek GF2 MX which will easily cope with all your latest games such as Q3A, while maintaining a nice frame rate when high quality graphics mode is enabled. Remember though, once you start increasing the resolution in various games over 1024x768 the frame rate diminishes rather quickly. If you are the type of gamer which is happy using 800x600 or 1024x768 you will be quite pleased with the Visiontek GeForce2 MX graphics card speed and quality wise.