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GeForce2 MX Analysis : page 2
How does it do this?
As a new comer to the mainstream market, NVIDIA has to introduce a product that significantly disrupts the existing market dominated by ATI's Rage 256, S3, and NeoMagic graphics. NVIDIA's formula is to meet or beat competing products with feature set, price, and performance.
As the name suggests, the GeForce2 MX is a close cousin to the GeForce2 GTS. The GeForce2 MX has every new feature that the GeForce2 GTS such as per-pixel shading, full scene antialiasing, quad multi-texturing per pixel pipeline, and DXTC/S3 texture compression. From the start, this makes the MX board ahead of competing boards and feature equivalent to the GeForce2 GTS. Aside from this, the GeForce2 MX has low power consumption and heat dissipation. The graph below contrasts the past NVIDIA products:
|NVIDIA Feature Comparison|
|GeForce 256||GeForce2 MX||GeForce2 GTS|
|Core Process||0.22 micron||0.18 micron|
|480 million||350 million||800 million|
|480 million||700 million||1.6 billion|
|Memory Bus||128bit SDR/DDR||128bit or 64bit SDR/DDR||128bit 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|
|Polygon Throughput||15 million||20 million||25 million|
By consuming no more than 4W average at load, the GeForce2 MX keeps power consumption low while removing the need for a heat sink or fan cooling the chip. This reduces the cost of adding cooling devices and lessens heat issues for OEMs to deal with when constructing computer systems.