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SUPERpowered PCI GF2-MX-400 available

Posted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 1:17 pm
by DonPedro
hello folks,

On my search for the "best" gfx-card for the PCI bus I found a seller at ebay (store) who offers a very interesting piece of hardware.

it is a gf2-mx-400, featuring

- 64 mb SDR
- 128 bit memory interface
- 200mhz core clock
- 265mhz memory clock

I was very surprised about the core/memory clock, which are just abnormally high for a gf2-mx card, especially the memory clock. my experience up to now was memory clocks would be between 140 and 180mhz, gpu clock 160 to 180mhz. high numbers as advertised were usually found with beefed up gf-2 gts pro or even gf2-ti/500 models.

but on the other hand the offer was/is not straight about these numbers. on one place in the ad at ebay they quote 125mhz memory speed (which would be very very low, never heard of that before; I learned of this deviating information here at a later time) and on another place they are quoting the ominous 265mhz.

so I contacted them to get sure about this. my first question was if they are sure about the 265mhz because it is way to high for a gf2-mx card. they replied and told me that 265 is what they learned from the manufacturer. so I went to the manufacturer's homepage (axle) but found no usefull information on that. so I went to the sellers homepage (webstore) and learnt there that the card has only 125mhz. back to the ebay-offer I also found that they once mention the 125mhz within the offer.

so I contacted them again and asked for final clarification. they replied that because of this strange situation now they had a technician to open a box and plug the card into a system. the card finally turns out 198mhz core clock and 261mhz memory clock!! :)

I immediately ordered two of them.

THIS gf2-mx card IS the fastest -mx card ever built! it lacks just nothing (for a mx-model) and I have never seen anything like before. just everything is there you could expect from such a card: 128bit memory access, 64mb ram and extremely beefed up clock numbers.

if one needs a pci-card with muscles then this is it. the gf2-mx is not the fastest thing you can use with a s7-system, but certainly is very hard to beat at 16bit colors and fits very well with our systems.

bad side: 39.90 euros, which for europeens is not the big tragedy, but if one pays in $$ then you would add 25% to accomodate exchange rates.

pro side: 14 days full refund return policy. the europeen law for commerce on the internet also says, that the costs for sending the item back is to be carried by the seller, if the item's value is 40+. that is the reason why I bought 2 of them. if they are ok and keep what the seller promises then I have no problem with a spare card (for now). if these pros are valid for "foreigners" I don't know. i suggest you ask first.

ah, and NO, I am not affiliated in any way with the seller!
I just wanted to let you know of this occasion.

the seller has still over 40 items on stock. if you are interested in buying one but want to get double-sure about the card's features then wait some days. I should receive them by middle of next week (february 15th) and I will immediately check the card and post the results here.

search ebay for item # 280078409806 or go directly here

oh, wait for any circumstances to read my experience with the cards!
I just discovered that they also once mention 128bits but also 64bits! whoever prepared the offer at ebay must have been drunken ....

Posted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 5:04 pm
by KachiWachi
My eVGA e-GeForce2 MX-400 64MB DDR PCI has -

Real Clock: 132.5 MHz (DDR)
Effective Clock: 265 MHz

CPU Code Name: NV11
GPU Clock: 200MHz
RAMDAC Clock: 350 MHz

DirectX 7.0 Hardware Support

Specifications verified in Everest.

Posted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 7:27 pm
by DonPedro
thanks kachi,

I start to think that they really messed it up. since your e-vga card has only 64-bit memory interface but core/mem clocks are as described in the ebay-offer they seem to have mixed SDR and DDR specification while at the same time made a mistake by falsely stating the card has 128 bit memory interface (which comes only in SDR models).


on the other hand it is told that 64bit-DDR is almost equal to 128bit-SDR configuration, I will test and see ....

Posted: Thu Feb 08, 2007 7:09 am
by KachiWachi
AXLE GeForceā„¢ 2 MX400 SDR PCI

Your card also has TV out...mine does not.

I could not find a current DDR model on their web page.

Posted: Thu Feb 08, 2007 9:55 am
by DonPedro
KachiWachi wrote:I could not find a current DDR model on their web page.
yes, thats another strange thing ....

In the meantime they had closed the offer I bought the cards from. the link I have given above goes to a new offer, where they have changed some product specification, but still mess things up. the most obvious change is that they now say the card has 64bit memory interface (except for the header of the offer), but again they mix up SDR and DDR specification. also they once say the gpu is a gf-4 type. oh dear!

Posted: Tue Mar 27, 2007 11:57 pm
by DanU
Hey KachiWachi! Good to bump into you again.

Anyway, you can find the official specs for the various GF2 cards on Wikipedia: .

Here in the US, $53 USD (about 40 euros at current exchange rates) will get you a Geforce 6200 PCI, which will be much faster than a GF2 MX400, but is probably overkill for a Socket 7 computer.

Currently I run a Geforce 5200 PCI 128bit 128MB video card in my socket 7 system. It's a K6-2+ 450 in a PCChips M525 motherboard.