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An Overclocked GeForce 2 GTS PRO is slower than an overclocked GeForce 4 MX 420?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by jskrakowski, Nov 1, 2003.

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  1. jskrakowski

    jskrakowski Guest Thread Starter

    I replaced my motherboard (lol...thanks guys for your help) and now i have a different video card.

    i used to have a

    GeForce 4 MX420 64 MB of SDRAM overclocked at 285 core and 404 memory

    and a Celeron 2.0 Ghz with 384 MB of PC2100 RAM

    and it got 3DMark2001 SE 330 score of



    now i have a

    GeForce 2 GTS Pro 64MB of DRR RAM with a Core of 235 and memory of 458

    on a Pentium 4 1.8 Ghz with 512 MB of RAM (133 mhz speed)

    FSB is also faster on this new motherboard

    and i only get a score of


    why is that?

    is the GeForce 2 GTS Pro a slower card than the GeForce 4 MX420?

    :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused:
  2. jskrakowski

    jskrakowski Guest Thread Starter

    that 133 Mhz is the RAM speed BTW
  3. Triple6

    Triple6 Moderator

    Dec 26, 2002
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    Well if you're using PC133 RAM (SDRAM) as opposed to PC2100 (DDR) then that would account for some performance loss.

    Honestly I can't compare those two cards.

    It could have something to do with the BIOS setup and the drivers. Do you have the motherboard/chipset drivers loaded?
  4. jskrakowski

    jskrakowski Guest Thread Starter

    well, i took this mobo out of a Sony Vaio (because the mobo from the Sont had an AGP slot) and put it in my Dell (voided my warrenty...and it's not really a Dell anyways. the only "Dell" parts are the DVD-ROM, CD-RW, Floppy, Hard Drive and the Case itself. everything else is my own stuff; even the the Power supply since it was 100 W more than my old Dell Power Supply.

    and it took me until from 7PM till 3 AM (then i slept) and from 10AM to 4PM to fully get the mobo working, but now, it works great.

    im pretty sure that it works though, cuz i get better performance than my old P3 system back when i ahd the GeForce 4 in it.

    but in overall tests, is a GeForce 2 GTS Pro slower than a GeForce 4 MX420?

    also.....for comparison...the MX420 is overcloacked BEYOND an MX440...so it's practically a 440.
  5. compilerxp


    Feb 24, 2002
    If your using SD-RAM on either board, especially on the NEW board - your going to have LOW performance. Hence, I don't FORGIVE Intel for "screwing" its customers to make "low end" computers (when they could have bought faster AMD systems).

    The mx420 & GF2-GTS are in the same area in performance "bubble"... so your scorew kinda shows that.

    If you want more speed, you need a faster video card... but if your "new" PC is using SD-RAM PC-133, it will never be "fast".

    PS: When I had my GF3 and PIII-866Mhz system, my 3D-Mark 2001 scored around 5000.

    With my current system (look below) its around 10,000.
  6. jskrakowski

    jskrakowski Guest Thread Starter

    BTW I plan on buying for chrismas a Radeon 9800 Pro 256MB edition

    but ok, that's what i needed to know
  7. compilerxp


    Feb 24, 2002
    Unless your also planning on upgrading your CPU/system as well - the 9800 will run slower than on a faster system.

    read other posts and reviews... 256mb adds nothing to the performance... about 2fps (out of 150fps).
  8. Deathdealer

    Deathdealer Guest Thread Starter

    waste of money..
  9. jskrakowski

    jskrakowski Guest Thread Starter

    OH YES! i know this

    i know that it CURRENTLY only adds that much


    in future games when texture details get higher, i don't want to upgrade AGAIN! it's a bit more "future-proof" than the 128 MB model.

    course, nothing is future proof

    im just saying, i don't wanna upgrade again any time soon.

    but a Radeon 9800 will run REALLY fast on my current system
  10. jskrakowski

    jskrakowski Guest Thread Starter

    i don't think it is a waste of money
  11. compilerxp


    Feb 24, 2002
    1 - no such thing as "Future proof" Look at the suckers for the first P4 buyers. "performance will be better in the future" - yeah, with a NEW CPU, NEW motherboard and NEW memory... 18 months later.

    2 - When a game requires 256mb of memory, then that 9800 will be too "slow" more likely. Whant a 256mb card, get the 9800-XT, it *only* comes with 256mb.

    3 - Anything is a "waste of money" if you get nothing out of it (other than bragging rights). I have a 5900Ultra, but its in a testing syster for a project... other than DEMOS (Dawn), with the games I play I have not used it to replace my Ti4200... with its 64mb.

    4 - With your current hardware, an ATI 9600Pro on a faster setup would out run your system with a 9800Pro. Consider selling what you have (you have about $400 worth of hardware (2 CPUs)) and getting something like an AMD 3000 (or P4 2.8) with modern motherboard and RAM... Then you can get a 3Dmark of 14000~17000 :)
  12. crjdriver

    crjdriver Moderator

    Jan 2, 2001
    You can save a lot of money by going with a 9500 pro 128 meg or a 9600 pro w/128 meg. Buying the 9800 w/256 would be wasting money. Put your money into a better mb / cpu / ram.
    I just ran 3DMark 2001 on this box and got a score of 13300. It is running an AMD 2600+ on an Asus AV8X-X with 1024 pc2700 ram, 9500 pro w/128 meg running raid 0. It is just my opinion, however you are throwing your money away with the 9800 on your current setup.
  13. jskrakowski

    jskrakowski Guest Thread Starter

    i decided to get teh 128 MB model
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