ABIT Siluro GF4 MX-8X

Review

posted 11/17/2002 by John Yan
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I’ve used various Abit motherboards throughout the years but this is the first time that I’ve tried one of their video cards. They were kind enough to send me the Siluro GF4 MX-8X to test out. The latest GF4 MX440 GPU to feature the 8X AGP, the Siluro GF4MX-8X is a budget card that offers some good hardware acceleration for older games but the GPU is showing its age considering what is out there right now.

The Siluro GF4 MX-8X sports 64MB of DDR SDRAM along with the nVidia GeForce 4 MX 440 GPU or the NV18. Compared to past MX 440 GPUs, this one now supports the new 8X AGP standard. As you can see from the pictures, Abit has outfitted the card with a very nice looking heatsink and fan. It’s pretty stylish with the silver coating and Abit logo. The fan might protrude a little too much and interfere with the close PCI slot though. The specifications are almost exactly the same as the old MX440. A slight increase in clockspeed makes the card running at 275MHz GPU and 400MHz DDR for the memory. The GPU is still not DirectX 8 compliant so if you want to buy for future gaming then you might want to look elsewhere.



Even with the 8X specification, the card is backwards compatible. I plugged it into my KT3 Ultra2, which is a 4X AGP board, without any problems. Since I don’t have an 8X board to test the card with, all my tests will be done with 4X enabled.

A nice feature about the card is that it has two video outputs: one standard VGA and one DVI. Abit has also included a DVI->VGA connector so you can use two regular monitors. Let me say that if you do any development whether it is web or graphics, having two monitors is really convenient. The Siluro GF4 MX-8X is a nice low cost solution for those looking for a dual monitor graphics card. An S-Video connector lies between the two monitor connectors and allows you to output the video to a regular TV. Abit has also included an S-Video->RCA cable for those who don’t have an S-Video connector on their TV like me.

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