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X-Micro GeForce4 Impact 440

Many astute readers noticed that we had no GeForce3 reviews up when those cards were released. A very short production cycled coupled with few review boards meant that we were essentially in a void. At the time we had no idea that the production of the GeForce4 cards would be ramped up so soon and in hindsight it was unfortunate but not a total disaster that we missed out on the GF3 generation. The last time we saw one of X-Micro's cards was when I reviewed their GeForce2 Pro card. To say that it has been quite a while would be an understatement. Luckily X-Micro has sent their new GeForce4 Impact 440 which is a budget solution based on the GeForce4 MX chipset but certainly not one to overlook.

The Board
  • AGP 2X/4X
  • 6.4 GB/sec Memory Bandwidth
  • 64MB DDR memory
  • Integrated TV Encoder Supporting 1024x768 resolution

X-Micro Impact 440 webpage
Approx $149 USD


First Impressions

The Impact 440 is a reference design GeForce4 MX design. One of the first things that caught my eye about this card was that it features a full 64 MB of DDR memory. It was a very short time ago that a budget card would come equipped with low end memory to save on expense and keep the price of the card down. Obviously corners don't have to be cut with a card like the Impact 440 since the memory price drops we've seen in the last year and that definately benefits the consumers who want a good performing card without having to take out a second mortgage.


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